The end to last year sucked but it's time to start writing a new story for 2018. I'm cautiously optimistic about the defense this year. There should be an improved pass rush and improvements in the secondary simply due to health. Hopefully, Gilmore steps up from the start of the season and becomes the shutdown corner he can be and that a healthy Rowe/JC Jackson and the new guys add a coverage ability that wasn't there at the biggest game of the season. The defensive line should be improved with the addition of a run stopper like Danny Shelton and pass rusher Adrian Clayborn. I'm hoping Flowers is ready to go. The linebackers have questions but I've liked what I've seen out of Bentley and Van Noy in the preseason. I'm just hoping that Hightower was easing his way back in because he looked much slower than he has been. Just hope that all these injuries haven't taken a toll on him and that his decline is starting. Offensively, I'm just thankful I still get to watch the best to ever to do it do his craft. With the question marks at receiver, Tom will have more on his shoulders to gain chemistry with everyone and make things work. I think the offensive line, if healthy, can be the biggest strength of the unit outside of Brady. The Patriots may have the best interior OL in the league currently with the trio of Thuney/Andrews/Mason given Travis Frederick's issues in Dallas. Andrews is highly underrated IMO and Thuney gets too much crap for the level of performance he puts on tape. It's also exciting to think about what can be done with the stable of backs. Both Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel were FULL participants today in practice. Each player brings a unique skillset that can be utilized. The big boy at TE is going to have his best season yet. I'm intrigued to see what wrinkles McDaniels throws into the game plans to utilize Patterson. Can Dorsett step up to provide another reliable target after being in the system for a calendar year? It was always tough to expect much from him last year but should be all ready to go this year. There's certainly question marks abound with this team but Week 1 is time for positivity. Houston is a very good team and provides a extreme test for where the Pats are at to start the year. I'd rather have these type of teams like Houston and Jacksonville to start the year than bad teams. It tells you exactly what the flaws are. I'm jacked to get this season going.