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Holes to fill: Post-draft, free agency spots of concern for all 32 teams


The Patriots need a big rebound year from Devin McCourty after his sophomore slump in 2011. (US Presswire)  
The Patriots need a big rebound year from Devin McCourty after his sophomore slump in 2011. (US Presswire)  

Free agency and the NFL Draft have come and gone and you can bet most teams feel good about what they've added to their rosters.

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But that doesn't mean they still don't have worry spots. They all do, even the best teams.

So after two months of stocking rosters through signings and draft picks, I thought this was a good time to look at the biggest worry spots remaining for all 32 teams.

Minicamps and OTA days will help coaches and general managers decide if they should do something about these spots before the season or if there is a young player ready to make a huge leap forward.

For now, all 32 coaches must look at their depth charts and know that the biggest problems they have are ones they just might have to coach around.

Arizona Cardinals: Who plays quarterback? They head toward the season with a battle between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton coming up. Whoever starts will have another weapon in Michael Floyd, the team's first-round pick, to go with Larry Fitzgerald.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons were 29th in the league in third-down defensive efficiency and, aside from getting Asante Samuel in a trade, they haven't done much to fix that. That means the defensive front, which didn't play well, has to play better -- or they need to get more help.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens signed veteran tackle Bryant McKinnie to a deal last year and he played well early, but tailed off. They haven't done much to replace him, unless rookie Kelechi Osemele can play there, which means he heads to camp as a starter. That's a worry.

Buffalo Bills: Kirk Morrison is projected right now to be the starter at one outside linebacker spot. Maybe the coaches expect one of the rookie draft picks -- Nigel Bradham or Tank Carder -- to take the other spot.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers were last in the NFL in net yards passing per play allowed last season and really haven't done much to improve that. They better hope young corners Brandon Hogan and Josh Norman (fifth-round pick this year) can help improve their coverage.

Chicago Bears: The Bears were the second-worst team in the NFL in sacks-per-pass play last season, and they haven't done much to improve the offensive line. They better hope getting healthy with the guys they have can turn the line around. Or Jay Cutler might not want to come back.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals were 27th in yards rushing per attempt. While they signed Benjarvus Green-Ellis as a free agent, you have to wonder if they did enough to fix that. Green-Ellis is more of a grinder. Why not a back earlier than the sixth-round pick they used on Dan Herron?

Cleveland Browns: The Browns were 30th in passing yards per play last season. They did add quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round, but they didn't add any receivers to help him until the fourth round in Travis Benjamin. That means they better hope for big-time improvement from Greg Little.

Dallas Cowboys: Who's the No. 3 receiver? The Cowboys lost Laurent Robinson to the Jaguars in free agency after he had a good 2011 season. That will put Kevin Ogletree in as the No. 3 behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Ogletree has flashed at times, but the Cowboys don't have much behind him.

Denver Broncos: Receiver Demaryius Thomas will be a star with Peyton Manning, but what else does he have around him? They have Eric Decker and did sign Andre Caldwell as a free agent, but that won't scare anybody down the field. The Broncos didn't add a receiver in the draft, which might have been a mistake.

Detroit Lions: The Lions were 29th in rushing yards per game last season and their top two backs are coming off injuries -- Jahvid Best, concussion issues and Mikel LeShoure, torn Achilles tendon. They didn't do much to help alleviate the concerns at the position.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers were 26th in the league in yards rushing per game and now Ryan Grant is gone. That means either James Starks or Brandon Saine will be the main back to improve on that number.

Houston Texans: They let the right side of their offensive line leave and now must hope that younger players Antoine Caldwell, Rashad Butler and third-round draft pick Brandon Brooks can fill the two spots adequately enough. That's a big risk.

Indianapolis Colts: Jerraud Powers is a good player at one corner, but the other spot is a major concern. They didn't draft a corner, which means Kevin Thomas, Brandon King and Chris Rucker will battle for the job. Maybe one of them is the sleeper gem on the roster. They better hope so.

Jacksonville Jaguars: They still have concerns on the offensive line. Can Eben Britton, who is coming off back surgery, revert to his pre-injury ways at right tackle? If not, is Guy Whimper, who was a spinning top last year, the guy to handle the job? They didn't add depth in the offseason, which is a concern.

Kansas City Chiefs: They will stay with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback after passing on getting a free agent or a rookie to challenge him in the draft. The Chiefs can say they stand by him all they want, but this season will tell that story.

Miami Dolphins: We know they will have a quarterback competition, but who's the go-to receiver? They need Clyde Gates, a second-year speedster, to step up and become a deep threat. Davone Bess and Brian Hartline don't offer No. 1 ability.

Minnesota Vikings: The defensive tackle spot is a concern. Kevin Williams didn't play as well last season and now Letroy Guion will take over as the starter next to him. There isn't much in terms of depth after Fred Evans. An early draft pick on a tackle would have made some sense.

New England Patriots: Corner play was a big problem last season and they didn't do much to improve it. They have to hope Devin McCourty, who had a sophomore slump, can revert to his rookie form. Ras-I Dowling, who missed all but two games of his entire rookie season in 2011 with a hip injury, should also be a factor. They also added Will Allen and drafted Alfonzo Dennard, a player I like.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints struggled to rush the passer last season and did little to upgrade the outside rush. It won't help that Will Smith will miss four games serving a suspension for his role in Bountygate. Cameron Jordan, last year's first-round pick, has to provide more. Greg Romeus, who missed last season recovering from knee surgery, is another possibility.

New York Giants: Did they do enough at tight end? With two tight ends coming off torn ACL's in the Super Bowl, they could have drafted one but didn't. That leaves Martellus Bennett, who is on a one-year deal, as the starter. He didn't live up to expectations in Dallas, but maybe new scenery can change that.

New York Jets: Wayne Hunter was a big problem at right tackle last season. He is back as the starter again after the Jets decided not to upgrade that spot. That's risky. He really had some issues last season.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders were 29th in total defense and didn't do much to excite with their moves to think they will be significantly better. The corner position is a concern with Ronald Bartell and Shawntae Spencer set to start.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles had issues at safety last season in part because of injuries and in part because of poor play. They have the same group back, which means they better improve in the back end. Second-year player Jaiquawn Jarrett has to be more of a factor.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Steelers fans will scream that the team didn't do much to upgrade at cornerback this season. That's because the front office has high hopes for Curtis Brown, Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen. That's the Steelers way, let players leave and replace them with draft picks. They better hope one of those guys is ready to start.

St. Louis Rams: Safety play wasn't very good last season for the Rams, and they haven't made a move back there to upgrade it. They better hope the addition of Cortland Finnegan on the corner helps cover up their lack of coverage skills on the back end.

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers' offensive line had some trouble moments last season, and they've done little to upgrade the line. The right tackle spot, which is manned by Jeromey Clary, remains a concern.

San Francisco 49ers: The offensive line was 26th in sacks allowed per pass play last year and the 49ers did little to upgrade it. They did draft guard Joe Looney in the fourth round, but is he capable of stepping in and playing right away?

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have a new quarterback in Matt Flynn, but they didn't upgrade the receiver spot at all. They have to get more from Sidney Rice and Mike Williams -- or else there will be big problems.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs were 30th in sacks last season and haven't added a pass rusher of note in free agency. That means second-year players Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers have to do a lot more than they did as rookies.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans lost corner Cortland Finnegan in free agency to the Rams, but didn't do much to replace him. That means that Alterraun Verner or Ryan Mouton has to step in and prove to be a quality starter. Verner has some starting experience and has played well at times.

Washington Redskins: Aside from using a third-round pick on guard Josh LeRibeus, the Redskins have done little to upgrade an offensive line that had issues at times last season. That unit has to be improved.

Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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