Entering last season, much of the intrigue that surrounded the New England Patriots centered on the players who wouldn't be on the field.
Not only was Tom Brady on the verge of serving his four-game "Deflategate" suspension, but several players were dealing with injuries.
That's was then.
The Patriots will open training camp Thursday both healthy and retooled after capturing the franchise's fifth Super Bowl title.
"New year, starting all over again, a lot of new challenges," coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday as veterans reported to the team facility.
For Belichick, the preparations for 2017 began the day after his team's historic...