The New England Patriots have more roster uncertainty heading into 2018 than they have had in perhaps any other year of the Bill Belichick era. The Patriots lost four starters in Brandin Cooks, Dion Lewis, Malcolm Butler and Nate Solder. The only receiver on the roster who was healthy all of last season was Phillip Dorsett. The pass-rush remains mediocre at best. There is a strong five-man offensive line among the morass, but it will take an entire training camp to figure out how to align it. The Patriots still very much have Super Bowl talent. They just have to figure out how to use it.
And that starts with setting a depth chart. When training camp kicks off later this month, the Patriots still have several open starting roles. At other positions, the starting job isn’t what is important, but rather, how work will be divided amongst several players. The Patriots are an outline right now. We have a basic understanding of what will make them successful in 2018. But the specifics still need to be colored in. Here is our first attempt at doing just that.