A. The Eric Decker experiment likely has failed. Decker played only in the second half and likely does not have the speed anymore to create enough separation to be a receiver in the NFL. Decker has had a good career and should be proud of what he has accomplished - but retirement is likely his best option at this point. The Pats will likely have only three active receivers in the first four games — Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson. Update: As correctly predicted, Eric Decker retired Sunday. The Pats have also released S Eddie Pleasant.
B. The lack of a pass rush was a concern. The Pats should continue to think about Khalil Mack (as a one year rental like they did when they won a Super Bowl with Darrelle Revis in 2014l) because Adrian Clayborn, Derek Rivers, and Trey Flowers might not get the job done. Flowers is in the last year of his contract and could be a trade candidate if the Pats think they will not be able to come to terms. Remember Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins were shipped out a year before their contract ended. Jones led the league with 17 sacks in 2017.
C. This is just a sense, but Bill Belichick is likely not happy with his roster at this point - so don’t be surprised if there is a lot of roster movement between now and next Saturday September 1st (when rosters must go from 90 players to 53 players) with trades and surprise releases.
D. Former first round pick Malcom Brown could be on the bubble especially since NT Danny Shelton has played well. Brown is in the last year of his contract and has been an overall disappointment.
E. Punter Ryan Allen’s job is safe. Backup P Corey Bojorquez has not seen the field in preseason. Bojorquez has looked impressive in practice and might catch on with another team.