Now that the 2017 NFL season has come to a close Patriot head coach Bill Belichick continues to mastermind his roster. The two latest additions to the Patriots are ex_ Browns receiver Kenny Britt, and three__ time Super Bowler James Harrison. Gritty Veterans The additions of Britt and Harrison should be a big plus in the playoffs. This year’s defense has been questionable, compared to previous Patriots defenses. Harrison brings 788 career tackles along with 500 career sacks. Britt,on the other hand is a depth move that will give Brady an extra target in the playoffs. Injury wise, the Patriots have had their share. Especially since Julian Edelman had a season_ ending knee injury. If the Patriots are going to outscore their opponents they need a healthy group of receivers for Brady to throw to. Number One Offense Overall the Patriots rank number one in the NFL on offense. They continue to put up more points than their opponents. Opposing teams never know what Brady or his offense is going to throw at them. The off_ season acquisition of Brandon Cooks has proven to be a steal. Brady has two legitimate deep men in Brandon Cooks and Chris Hogan. Britt a nine_ year veteran from Rutgers should provide extra insurance for Brady. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, has made another Pro Bowl by making sensational catches all year. Young Defense With the Patriots achieving home field advantage for the 2017 playoffs it was not an easy task. The first three weeks of the season the Patriots were ranked near the Bottom of the NFL. As the season progressed cornerback Stephan Gilmore and Malcolm Butler to their capabilities. The front seven of Malcolm Brown, Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler got better week after week. Veteran Alan Branch was benched but has played well lately. The defensive backfield of Devon McCourty, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards, and Patrick Chung have tightened up. If the Patriots want to get to Super Bowl number52 the backfield cannot give up big plays nor draw top many holding penalties. With three games left the Patriots have to play each snap like it’s their last play of the year. Talent wise the Patriots have enough but need the defense to play with fire in their belly. Offensively the Pats have a balanced attack. The additions of Britt and Harrison can only help.