Turnover on defense stands out

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss explores all angles of the Patriots' final roster cuts on Friday, as well as the construction of the (currently) 52-man roster:

There is plenty to read into the initial New England Patriots roster for the 2012 season, but here is one aspect that stands out: 13 new players on defense compared to just four on offense.

If there were any questions as to what area Bill Belichick targeted for improvement this season, those numbers are most telling. Fresh faces, better results?

To call it a complete defensive transformation would be too strong, but between the different base scheme featured in the preseason, coupled with the injection of new personnel, it reflects how Belichick is hoping a new approach leads to better results.