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One Week: Evaluating the Patriots Free Agency Period

How have the Patriots done thus far in free agency?

Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL's free agency period has been open for one week and the Patriots initial moves are open for evaluation.

New England's lost their top two cornerbacks, as well as their starting nose tackle. Their 3rd down running back has signed with the Giants, while their offensive line captain remains a free agent.

They've managed to extend their All Pro free safety and added an edge defender in a universally acclaimed move. The Patriots have also added a tight end who has the 11th most receiving yards at the position over the past three seasons.

Most Patriots fans seem generally okay with how the off-season has played out. It would be nice to still have Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork, but both players were priced out of New England's cash allotment. Bill Belichick has a plan and it doesn't involve overpaying players, regardless of their sentimental value.

It's also important to put this off-season in context. Where were the Patriots after one week had passed in 2014? They had lost their starting linebacker to the division rival Buffalo Bills. Their star cornerback signed with conference rival Denver Broncos.

The Patriots had signed Revis, Brandon Browner, and Brandon LaFell. They extended Julian Edelman.

After one week, that was the entirety of the Patriots activity. They signed a star defender, picked up two mid-level talents, and extended a key home grown player.

Don't confuse activity for progress. The Patriots are staying within themselves and this plan has been executed to the highest level time and time again. The season is just one week old.

How are you all feeling?