While the NFL Trade Deadline was historically busy this year, the New England Patriots weren't part of it. Despite sitting in last place in the AFC East at 4-4, the team opted to stand pat rather than buy or sell.
On Wednesday, head coach Bill Belichick responded to criticism about New England's inactivity.
Belichick defended his strategy by implying that the team's roster will eventually change between now and the end of the season. That's true of all NFL rosters, however, as injuries require constant shuffling.
The Patriots aren't known for making splashy moves under Belichick and tend to zig when everyone else is zagging, so a quiet deadline wasn't totally surprising. It was somewhat concerning, however, given New England's inconsistent first half.
In Belichick's defense, the Patriots have won three of their past four games, so perhaps they're turning a corner. A slow start was expected given the team's new coaching staff and offensive scheme, so maybe New England is finally starting to gel.
The Patriots will try to validate Belichick's confidence in them with a home win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday before their bye week. New England is favored by 5.5 points on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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