3 things New England Patriots need to do to get back to the Super Bowl

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New England Patriots first step to get back to the Super Bowl: Get more playmakers on offense

The Patriots dynasty almost always had Tom Brady leading the way under center, and with Brady, you always have a chance of winning games. But without some top tier playmakers on offense, Brady and the Patriots would not have been as successful as they were throughout their 20+ year run. Guys like Troy Brown, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edelman were Brady’s go-to guys, and it’s time to get weapons like that for Jones.

New England’s offense as currently constructed has some good pieces in place, but it’s clear with all the firepower in the AFC right now that it’s not enough. Guys like Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers, and Hunter Henry are solid players, but they aren’t top options, and that’s OK. Brady always had solid secondary guys like Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, and Benjamin Watson who weren’t his top option too. But he almost always had one of his top options available.

The base of the Pats offense is in place. They have a young quarterback who has a strong offensive line and a dynamic rushing attack to work with. But in order for the next step to be taken, more playmakers need to be added to really push the needle. And this isn’t exactly something that is accomplished in one offseason either; the team needs to acquire top talent and then continue to draft and develop it over the years.

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That’s how New England made things work with Brady. They rarely went out and acquired studs like Moss, but they were able to unearth gems like Gronk and Edelman, so it didn’t really matter. The trade for Moss was made necessary during the 2005 and 06 seasons when Brady simply didn’t have enough talent alongside him to make things work. After all, Reche Caldwell was the team’s leading receiver in 2006, and the Pats still somehow almost made it to the Super Bowl.

It feels like now is the time to pull off a similar move. Guys like Calvin Ridley and Jarvis Landry are probably going to be there for the taking this offseason. If they want to draft a pass catcher, a guy like Jameson Williams would make sense considering his Alabama ties with Jones. While this is a pressing need this offseason for sure, this is something that is going to need to be done every year, and if it is, the offense will be in a great spot for future success.