The first few days of NFL free agency have come and gone with a number of teams making major moves. Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown were traded. Teams forked over tens of millions of dollars for the likes of Le’Veon Bell, Trey Flowers, Landon Collins, Nick Foles and Trent Brown.

And then there were the Patriots.

Bill Belichick isn’t afraid of making a splashy move. The Patriots doled out a $65-million contract to cornerback Stephon Gilmore on the first day of free agency in 2017. That same year, they traded for Brandin Cooks. What the Patriots did this week was make several minor, methodical moves to fill in their depth chart. The names weren’t flashy, but the five free-agent signings on Wednesday and Thursday make sense.

Heading into Friday, the Patriots still hadn’t signed a kicker or a punter with Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen still without a contract. Gostkowski’s market has dwindled as Seattle signed Jason Myers and the New York Jets inked Chandler Catanzaro. One team to watch is the Chicago Bears, who released Cody Parkey on Thursday.

If the Patriots don’t bring back Gostkowski, they’ll have a cringe-worthy list of free-agent kickers to consider, but the team could also dip into the draft to fill the void. That’s unless they really like kickers such as Matt Bryant, Phil Dawson or Sebastian Janikowski.

Bringing back Allen always made sense — if the price is right. The Patriots pushed him last summer by bringing in undrafted free agent Corey Bojorquez. The Pats liked the rookie enough to place him on their practice squad, but he was claimed by Buffalo.

Then there’s the receiver position. The Patriots made strong pushes for two slot receivers — Adam Humphries and Cole Beasley — but both signed elsewhere. The team showed interest in Golden Tate, but he’s bound for the New York Giants. The Pats brought back Phillip Dorsett and signed Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris. Those names might not be recognizable and they might not make the 53-man roster, but this wouldn’t be the first time the Pats found an under-the-radar receiver.

The Patriots could still use some help on the offensive end. Receivers available include Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, Chris Conley, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant. Chris Hogan also remains unsigned.

With Cordarrelle Patterson gone, the team could also use a kickoff returner. Ellington has experience, but hasn’t returned a kickoff since 2015. Cody Latimer, Corey Grant, Deonte Thompson, De’Anthony Thomas and Ty Montgomery all have recent kickoff experience.

The Patriots also help on the defensive line. They quickly acted by trading for three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett. He’ll help ease the loss of Flowers, but the team could use more help. The Pats also lost Malcom Brown, but signed Mike Pennel on Thursday. Pennel has been one of the better run-stuffing defensive tackles, so that’s a good move.

On Friday, the team also released defensive end Adrian Clayborn. His play was a big disappointment as he finished with just 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 14 games. He was a healthy scratch in the last two weeks of the regular season. Clayborn was set for a cap hit of $5.9 million in 2019, but the move gives the Pats about $3.5 million in cap space.

After it was announced, he tweeted, “Thank you @Patriots for my time with the organization. I gained so much respect for how you do things and win championships. It’s done the right way through hard work. Thank you for granting my release. I’m ready for this next chapter.”

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Pats added another veteran defensive tackle or edge-rusher. They’re already linked to Allen Bailey, Bennie Logan and Darius Philon.

Then there’s the tackle position. The Pats lost Brown, but have Isaiah Wynn, who’s coming off an Achilles injury. What they need is more depth. Bringing back LaAdrian Waddle makes sense.

They could also look for another veteran option or just wait until the draft.

On Thursday, the Pats also added tight end Matt LaCosse. He”ll replace Dwayne Allen, who was released and signed by Miami. The Patriots have also been linked to veteran Jared Cook and several top prospects in April’s draft.

In typical Patriots fashion, the team signed two special-teams players — Brandon Bolden and Terrence Brooks. Considering the Pats finished 26th in covering kickoffs and punts, the need for a special-teams upgrade was there.

It’s not sexy to sign special-teams players, but it’s the Patriots way.