Biggest Question Mark: Laurence Maroney
He’s shown flashes of ability, but has struggled to consistently perform. At this point most Patriot fans are ready to slap him with the bust label. However, he enters 2010 with an excellent chance to win the starting job. But then again, he could also get cut.
Position Battle to Watch: Wide Receiver
Randy Moss is the only sure thing in the Patriots receiving corps. With Wes Welker on the PUP list, Julian Edleman, Torry Holt, Taylor Price and Brandon Tate will battle for playing time. Despite Edleman’s success in Welker absence, the fact that they added Holt and Price indicates they weren’t satisfied with their depth at receiver.
Impact Rookie: Devin McCourty
The Patriots secondary was a weakness in 2009 and a lack of depth was a major contributing factor. Even if McCourty doesn’t win a starting job, he’ll be an impact player in a reserve role and on special teams.