Found October 29, 2012 on NESN.com:
After years of begging and pleading from the Patriots' faithful, Bill Belichick finally addressed the pass rush in the 2012 NFL draft. But while the long-term issue was addressed, did it actually do anything in the short term for New England's ability to get after opposing quarterbacks? New England used two first-round picks on players that presumably should have helped the Patriots get after the passer better. Defensive end Chandler Jones was taken with the No. 21 overall pick and linebacker Dont'a Hightower was taken four picks later. The Patriots also added defensive ends Jake Bequette in the third round, Justin Francis as an undrafted rookie free agent and Trevor Scott as a veteran free agent. All four of those players -- plus a move for Rob Ninkovich from linebacker to defensive end -- were expected to replace the production of Andre Carter and Mark Anderson this year. So far, they're behind the 2011 team's pace. Last year's Patriots f...
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