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New England Patriots Links 7/10/12 - Patriots DBs the Achilles Heel of the Defense?

<em>Patriots 2nd round Draft pick <a href="" target="new">DB Tavon Wilson</a> is still an unknown</em>.
Patriots 2nd round Draft pick DB Tavon Wilson is still an unknown.

Marc Sessler ( Achilles heels: These five squads could see their playoff hopes succumb to their fatal flaw.

5. New England Patriots defensive backfield: Nobody can question Bill Belichick's inventive approach to the secondary last season. In an act of desperation, wideouts Julian Edelman and Matt Slater moonlighted as defensive backs. This was cute a decade ago when Troy Brown actually developed into a solid defender -- this time around it was a cry for help.

Everybody talks about Brady's ill-fated Hail Mary, but Eli Manning and the Giants won their second Super Bowl against the Patriots by shredding this defensive backfield in the game's decisive drive. With no major upgrades this offseason, the Patriots are vulnerable against an offense that can keep pace with New England. Few teams can, but it could be Belichick's Achilles' heel in 2012.

James Walker (ESPN) Scouts Inc: Bills, Patriots make the grade.

New England Patriots: B+

Williamson was pretty clear in saying, "As it stands today, the Patriots are the best team in football." That’s a strong statement, but the Patriots did have a strong offseason. They added free agents such as receiver Brandon Lloyd and went hard on defense in the draft, which includes first-rounders Dont’a Hightower and Chandler Jones. There’s not many weaknesses on this team. The reigning AFC champs look determined to get back to the Super Bowl.