How can Talib help the Patriots?

Field Yates, who reports on the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com, is expanding his scope. In addition to continuing his work on our site, he's also filing a weekly Insider column on ESPN.com and this week's is headlined "Can Aqib Talib save Patriots?"

Really, no matter what way you slice it, the New England Patriots' ability to defend the pass in 2012 has been substandard. The secondary is a primary culprit in the team's having allowed 285 yards passing per game, but the pass rush and linebackers are due their share of the blame pie, too.

But let's focus on the secondary by first dissecting some of its issues and then turning our attention to the recent acquisition of talented-but-troubled cornerback Aqib Talib, picked up from Tampa Bay hours before the NFL's trade deadline.

Talib ... became the most talented player in the Patriots' secondary the moment he (finally) entered the facilities and has the ability to allow Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to change what they do defensively.

To read the piece (note: Insider content), CLICK HERE.