New England Patriots came up one win short for the second year in a row at making it to the Super Bowl. They were eliminated by the Denver Broncos who eventually loss to the Seattle Seahawks. New England's offense has been led by quarterback Tom Brady for more than a decade. In 2013, the passing offense struggled all season even with Tom Brady in the lineup. They could never establish any consistency with star tight end Rob Gronkowski out for the early part of the season because of his recovery from a forearm injury. The combination of Gronkowski's recovery, then being put out for the season again with a knee injury, and having an entirely new receiving group put plenty of restraints on what New England was accustomed to doing. Brady only completed 60 percent of his passes which was his lowest percentage rate in nearly seven years. A healthy Gronkowski and better continuity between Tom Brady and his receivers could put the Patriots right back in the hunt as Super Bowl Contenders.
The running game carried New England at times last season. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen will provide a lot of scheme versatility in the back field. The defense may actually be what finally gets New England passed the AFC Championship Game and into the Super Bowl. All-Pro defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is back from a season ending injury in 2013 and will solidify the middle of the defensive front along with middle linebacker Jerod Mayo. Rob Ninkovich (8 sacks) and Chandler Jones (11.5 sacks) provide the defensive pressure off the edges. The secondary is where things will be entirely different. Look below at key additions who could help get New England back to the Super Bowl.