3 Moves Patriots Need to Make Next After J.C. Jackson Trade

Three moves the New England Patriots should make next after trading for cornerback J.C. Jackson ahead of Week 5.
Three moves the New England Patriots should make next after trading for cornerback J.C. Jackson ahead of Week 5. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The New England Patriots kicked off Week 5 with a splashy trade by reacquiring cornerback J.C. Jackson to bolster their hampered secondary. However, after a dissapointing 1-3 start, it's clear New England's roster needs more talent to compete.

With that in mind, here are three moves the Patriots should consider next after readding Jackson.

Moves Patriots Should Make Next After J.C. Jackson Trade

1. Sign Randy Gregory

Injuries have ravaged New England in the early going, and EDGE Matthew Judon was just one of the latest players to go down in Week 4. The veteran is set to be out indefinitely after undergoing biceps surgery, taking a key playmaker away from this talented unit.

Luckily, a perfect replacement just popped up on the market.

The Denver Broncos decided to release fellow EDGE Randy Gregory this week after less than two years with the team. Health played a major struggle in his first season being a bit of a dud, and the new regime appears to have soured on him quickly.

While Gregory's stock has dropped, he's still an impactful player when healthy. Over his last three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, the former second-round pick racked up an impressive 15.5 sacks combined to go along with 15 tackles for loss and 44 QB hits.

Not only is he capable of bringing the pressure and wreaking havoc in the backfield, but he has a nose for the football as well. He forced eight fumbles over that same stretch in Dallas, giving that team another player who created turnovers regularly.

Yes, the Pats are very defense-heavy and it's the offense that needs the most work done. But assuming New England continues to be hesitant to pull the trigger on a big deal at wide receiver, it'll be on the other side of the ball to carry the load.

Signing Gregory would help make up for some of the talent lost with Judon sidelined and provide the defense a nice reinforcement for rest of the season as they are leaned on to keep this team in games.