Originally written May 07, 2013 on NESN.com:
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It seems like the go-to criticism of the Patriots this offseason is that the team can’t develop a cornerback or wide receiver. Not to pile on, but let’s not forget about their recent trouble at safety, either. Since Rodney Harrison retired following the 2008 season, the Patriots have had trouble finding a decent set of safeties that can threaten opposing players over the middle and cover the deep half of the field. New England found a star at the position last year when they put Devin McCourty deep, but now the team is looking for his partner in crime — and they have plenty of options. Bill Belichick likes his safeties to be able to play both the strong and free positions. And that may be to blame for some of the trouble they have had over the years at finding the right fits. Patrick Chung had injury and coverage issues, Brandon Meriweather was too busy freelancing and James Ihedigbo and Brandon McGowan weren’t starting-caliber players. Now over the past two seasons the team has bro...
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