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Bedard: Patriots have done well to address needs this offseason – pending LT

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Sorry you didn't get Aqib Talib or Richard Sherman. It was a pity to see Jimmy Graham, Nigel Bradham, Preston Brown and others re-sign with their former teams or sign elsewhere. And I know it was tough to watch Nate Solder, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler all fly Fort Foxborough for greener — as in straight cash, homey — pastures.

Yes, so far the Patriots' offseason has been one big bust ... if you're into big names and nostalgia.

But from where I sit and how I look at things, I like what the Patriots have done so far this offseason. In fact, if you take left tackle out of the equation — because that's a humongous hole at this point and has to be filled — I think the Patriots are a better football team on paper than they when they finished the season.

Why? Let's go through it.