In a three-part segment leading into the start of training camp, we examine the expectations for the Patriots' free-agent acquisitions, rookies, and veterans this season. Let’s start with the free agent acquisitions.
There are five categories we will use to rate these players.
1 Randy Moss: Obviously the best rating possible. His 23 touchdowns in his first season with the Patriots were unprecedented. He exceeded every expectation that year and solidified his legacy with the greatest single-season by a receiver of all time.
2 Mike Vrabel: This is the second-best category a player can be put into. Vrabel’s 40 solo tackles (63 total), along with three sacks and two interceptions in 2001 were a key part of the Patriots' Super Bowl run. Not Moss status, but a big part of the team's success nonetheless.
3 Donte’ Stallworth: Again, going back to 2007, Stallworth was picked up after his short stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. Was he Moss? No, but he came in and...