It’s clear as day that one of, if not the main focus the Patriots had this week was retooling their defensive front, with eight of their 16 signings or re-signings being linebackers or defensive linemen. Overall, a good plan considering how they struggled at the line of scrimmage last season. However, that’s also a spot the team has invested heavily in in the draft over the past few years. In 2020, young players were forced into key roles, especially at linebacker, due to lack of depth. Some, like Josh Uche, thrived while others, like Anfernee Jennings, showed they may need more time to develop their game. They’ll certainly have that kind of time this year, after the additions of guys like Matt Judon and Kyle Van Noy. How much will they displace the Patriots’ recent draft picks? That’s going to be an interesting question to follow into the start of the season. Will Bill Belichick do what he traditionally does, and rely heavily on the veterans, allowing the young players more time to develop? Or will guys like Uche, who showed he’s up to an NFL level last season, be squarely in the mix when it comes to playing time?