ESPN ranked their 25 most important unrestricted free agents of 2017, with a bonus 4 honorable mentions, and the Patriots absolutely crush the list. Note that this doesn’t include restricted free agents like cornerback Malcolm Butler and the Patriots still have four players on the list. Oh, and former Patriots edge defender Chandler Jones ranked 9th, too. Needless to say, head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio have done a tremendous job of adding talent over the years. Linebacker Jamie Collins ranks 6th due to his sheer athleticism. “Collins is among the best coverage linebackers in football, but he also has upside as a pass-rusher (5.5 sacks last season),” ESPN
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Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. When these rankings were set, I had no idea what to do with the New York Jets. The Ryan Fitzpatrick standoff is one of the stranger ones I can remember.