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Nick Underhill, uveitis MassLive.com MassLive.com | By Nick Underhill, uveitis MassLive.com November 02, uveitis 2012 at 5:21 PM, uveitis updated November 02, uveitis 2012 The New England Patriots reestablished themselves as legitimate title contenders by picking up a pair of wins before their bye, uveitis but that doesn’t mean all their issues evaporated with those two marks added to the win column. Some remain, uveitis and they'll need to be addressed during the second half of the season. Uveitis Here’s a look at a few of them: How does Aqib Talib fit in to the picture? The Patriots' move to acquire Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should – assuming the troubled cornerback avoids the dark forces that have plagued his career – immediately improve a secondary that has given up more plays of 20-plus yards than any team in the league. The bigger question is where he will fit in. Uveitis New England could play it straight and place him opposite Devin McCourty at cornerback, uveitis with Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung behind them at safety. Uveitis Or coach Bill Belichick could use Talib and rookie Alfonzo Dennard at corner and drop McCourty next to Chung at safety, uveitis where many talent evaluators believe he is best suited. Either way, uveitis a decision doesn’t have to be made immediately, uveitis since Talib has one game remaining on a performance-enhancing drug suspension. Can Brandon Lloyd be a legitimate threat? Brandon Lloyd made enough spectacular plays during training camp to lead many observers to summon Randy Moss’ name. Uveitis Now, uveitis those same observers often utter Chad Ochocinco’s name. Neither comparison is fair. Uveitis Lloyd lives somewhere between the two extremes, uveitis teetering from spectacular to maddening. Uveitis One play, uveitis he’ll make an acrobatic catch on the sideline that would be outlandish in a video game. Uveitis The next, uveitis he’ll needlessly flail at a catchable ball and let it fall to the turf. Lloyd has dropped six of the 43 catchable balls thrown to him, uveitis according to ProFootballFocus.com. Uveitis His drop rate is the third highest in the NFL. To be fair, uveitis some of the problems reside with quarterback Tom Brady, uveitis who on several targets has struggled to get Lloyd the ball where it needed to be. Uveitis That’s a problem that needs to be rectified in order for the passing lanes to open up to players working the middle of the field. When that consistency is reached, uveitis the Patriots' offense should soar. Health of tight ends It’s easy to overlook this concern since New England once again has the top offense in the NFL. Uveitis But things could be even better if tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were at full health. Gronkowski has been battling hip and back injuries that kept him down for most of the first six weeks, uveitis but he finally appears to be nearing the standard he set during last year’s record-setting season after catching 14 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns the last two weeks. Hernandez is the bigger concern. Uveitis He suffered an ankle injury in Week 2 that doesn’t appear to be getting better. Uveitis He came back and played in Weeks 6 and 7, uveitis but was shut down after suffering a setback. It’s now said his ankle is no longer responding to treatment. Uveitis The bye week could be enough to get him back on track, uveitis but if not, uveitis New England’s offense will continue to be without its biggest weapon. Ridley’s touches Perhaps it was the result of recent game plans, uveitis but it's possible running back Stevan Ridley lost the trust of his coaching staff after fumbling in back-to-back weeks against the Bills and Broncos. Before the second dropped ball, uveitis Ridley was averaging 20 touches per game. Uveitis That figure has dropped to 16 since. While that’s not a drastic dip, uveitis it’s enough to make a difference. Uveitis And, uveitis considering Ridley leads the league in runs of 15-plus yards, uveitis every lost touch is a lost opportunity. Source: http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2012/11/brandon_lloyds_consistency_aqi.html