THE PATRIOTS ARE BETTER AT: QB - Brady not playing with a hernia, Cassel with a full year under his belt RB - Corey healthy, Faulk healthy, Maroney added. OL - Light healthy, Koppen (eventually) healthy, Mankins and Kaczur have been through a full year now. TE - Graham healthy (and OL healthy so he doesn't have to babysit), Watson took a big leap last year, Dave Thomas better/younger/faster than Fauria. DL - A full year of Seymour, better back-up possibilities for Wilfork DB - Starks and Poole GONE, Hobbs a full-time starter (with a year under his belt), Geno and Asante played better 2nd half of last year, Scott healthy, James Sanders reported to have taken a leap, Tebucky Jones better than the scrubs we threw against the wall last year. THE PATRIOTS ARE WORSE AT: K - AV gone, replaced with rookie. 'nuff said. WR - Givens gone, Caldwell injury-prone, Chad Jackson dynamic but unproven, That said, by mid-season if Caldwell doesn't get hurt and Jackson is as good as people think, the WR's could be very solid. THE PATRIOTS ARE ABOUT EVEN AT: LB (lose Willie, gain a full year of Tedy, Beisel would have to be better and, from all accounts, was like "night and day" by the end of 2006) - could end up improving, but hard to count on Claridge (essentially a rookie), Gardner's a JAG scrub, all others (Roach, Mincey, Woods) are unknown development types, Banta-Cain hasn't shown much (especially in 2005, when IMO he regressed).