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Nick Underhill, order awake patch MassLive.com MassLive.com | By Nick Underhill, order awake patch MassLive.com November 02, order awake patch 2012 at 5:21 PM, order awake patch updated November 02, order awake patch 2012 The New England Patriots reestablished themselves as legitimate title contenders by picking up a pair of wins before their bye, order awake patch but that doesn’t mean all their issues evaporated with those two marks added to the win column. Some remain, order awake patch and they'll need to be addressed during the second half of the season. Order awake patch Here’s a look at a few of them: How does Aqib Talib fit in to the picture? The Patriots' move to acquire Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should – assuming the troubled cornerback avoids the dark forces that have plagued his career – immediately improve a secondary that has given up more plays of 20-plus yards than any team in the league. The bigger question is where he will fit in. Order awake patch New England could play it straight and place him opposite Devin McCourty at cornerback, order awake patch with Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung behind them at safety. Order awake patch Or coach Bill Belichick could use Talib and rookie Alfonzo Dennard at corner and drop McCourty next to Chung at safety, order awake patch where many talent evaluators believe he is best suited. Either way, order awake patch a decision doesn’t have to be made immediately, order awake patch since Talib has one game remaining on a performance-enhancing drug suspension. Can Brandon Lloyd be a legitimate threat? Brandon Lloyd made enough spectacular plays during training camp to lead many observers to summon Randy Moss’ name. Order awake patch Now, order awake patch those same observers often utter Chad Ochocinco’s name. Neither comparison is fair. Order awake patch Lloyd lives somewhere between the two extremes, order awake patch teetering from spectacular to maddening. Order awake patch One play, order awake patch he’ll make an acrobatic catch on the sideline that would be outlandish in a video game. Order awake patch The next, order awake patch he’ll needlessly flail at a catchable ball and let it fall to the turf. Lloyd has dropped six of the 43 catchable balls thrown to him, order awake patch according to ProFootballFocus.com. Order awake patch His drop rate is the third highest in the NFL. To be fair, order awake patch some of the problems reside with quarterback Tom Brady, order awake patch who on several targets has struggled to get Lloyd the ball where it needed to be. Order awake patch That’s a problem that needs to be rectified in order for the passing lanes to open up to players working the middle of the field. When that consistency is reached, order awake patch the Patriots' offense should soar. Health of tight ends It’s easy to overlook this concern since New England once again has the top offense in the NFL. Order awake patch But things could be even better if tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were at full health. Gronkowski has been battling hip and back injuries that kept him down for most of the first six weeks, order awake patch but he finally appears to be nearing the standard he set during last year’s record-setting season after catching 14 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns the last two weeks. Hernandez is the bigger concern. Order awake patch He suffered an ankle injury in Week 2 that doesn’t appear to be getting better. Order awake patch He came back and played in Weeks 6 and 7, order awake patch but was shut down after suffering a setback. It’s now said his ankle is no longer responding to treatment. Order awake patch The bye week could be enough to get him back on track, order awake patch but if not, order awake patch New England’s offense will continue to be without its biggest weapon. Ridley’s touches Perhaps it was the result of recent game plans, order awake patch but it's possible running back Stevan Ridley lost the trust of his coaching staff after fumbling in back-to-back weeks against the Bills and Broncos. Before the second dropped ball, order awake patch Ridley was averaging 20 touches per game. Order awake patch That figure has dropped to 16 since. While that’s not a drastic dip, order awake patch it’s enough to make a difference. Order awake patch And, order awake patch considering Ridley leads the league in runs of 15-plus yards, order awake patch every lost touch is a lost opportunity. Source: http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2012/11/brandon_lloyds_consistency_aqi.html