The Patriots released several notable veterans Monday, including WRs Donte' Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney.
The Patriots re-signed S James Ihedigbo, adding another DB and special-teamer to a pair of positions with a wealth of depth already.
The Patriots have had no problem putting up points, but when the defense needed to make stops on Sunday because of Tom Brady's interceptions, they couldn't get the job done.
Keeping Chargers All-Pro TE Antonio Gates in check will be a big challenge for the Patriots' defense.
The Patriots elected to stick with the youngsters on their roster, Josh Barrett and Sergio Brown, instead of adding a veteran safety.
The Patriots made a surprising announcement Tuesday, placing starting CB and eight-year veteran Leigh Bodden on injured reserve.