Live from Patriots minicamp

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Yesterday the AFC East blog took an up-close look at the New York Jets. Now, it’s time to check out the reigning AFC champion New England Patriots.

Watching the surgical Tom Brady at quarterback is always fun, but I’m more curious about New England’s 31st-ranked defense. What changes will be made to improve this side of the ball? Will the new additions in the draft (Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower) and free agency (Jonathan Fanene, Steve Gregory, Trevor Scott) make an immediate defensive impact?

There are also some interesting roster and position battles going on at receiver and running back. There’s competition all around, which is what Patriots head coach Bill Belichick likes.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter Wednesday for the real-time updates from Patriots camp. Find out who’s performing well in practice and who’s struggling. We will also have notes and reaction later this afternoon in the AFC East blog.