Team Grade:
New England Patriots
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
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The Patriots are an elite team that should compete for a spot in the Super Bowl. The defense has really improved the last few years and are becoming one of the best in football. And the offense is always tough with Tom Brady leading the way. He knows that offense and gets the most out of it despite lacking a little talent at the receiver position. The wild card for the team might be the health of tight end Rob Gronkowski. He takes the offense to a new level, so if he is healthy and on his game, watch out.
Aaron Dobson was a bit of a surprise contributor as a rookie receiver last season. He made plays, though, and picked up the offense pretty well. He should be a bigger factor from day one this season. He could be the top deep threat for the team. Dobson has good size and speed for the position but needs to improve his consistency. Receivers normally make good strides the second or third seasons in this offense, so Dobson seems setup for pretty good things this season in our view. He has a different skillset than some of the other receivers on the roster.
It just seems a stretch to see receiver Julian Edelman repeat his huge season last year. We still think he'll be a solid player but with Danny Amendola back healthy, Edelman could lose some targets to him. Both players carry a similar skillset and Amendola actually might have a little more overall talent than Edelman. Just expect the numbers of Edelman to take a bit of a dip this season, especially if you are hoping for a repeat of last year.

Team Notes

Apr 16, 02:02 PM New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is doing well in his rehab from surgery in early February on his shoulder, but he's likely to miss training camp this summer with a timetable for recovery around six to seven months. Hightower is hoping that he can be ready for the start of the regular season. 'Right now, I'm doing well. The doc likes everything he's seen. I just had my checkup. I'm right on track, if not better,' Hightower said. 'I'm not sure what I'm going to be able to do as far as OTAs and training camp and all that other stuff goes. But I'm looking forward to being back.'
Apr 07, 05:03 PM New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount has been suspended for the 2015 NFL regular-season opener.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a huge deal but does impact his value a little for the coming year. And he'll be on a short leash with the league going forward.
Apr 05, 10:02 AM New England Patriots RB James White is believed to be a candidate for the receiving running back role in the offense.
Mar 30, 08:52 AM New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones (undisclosed) has been at Gillette Stadium for much of the offseason rehabbing from an undisclosed surgery. He has been walking with the aid of crutches.
Mar 26, 08:02 PM New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum. Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular season could now be in jeopardy.
Mar 18, 02:43 PM Free-agent CB Robert McClain (Falcons) announced on Twitter that he is signing an undisclosed deal with the New England Patriots Wednesday, March 18.
Mar 18, 11:03 AM Free-agent CB Bradley Fletcher (Eagles) agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots Wednesday, March 18. The deal is worth a maximum of $2.5 million, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: Fletcher could do well with his new team, getting the chance to learn from some very good coaches/players.
Mar 18, 10:43 AM Free-agent CB Bradley Fletcher (Eagles) will sign with the New England Patriots, according to his agent Andy Simms.
Mar 17, 05:43 PM Free-agent RB Travaris Cadet (Saints) has signed with the New England Patriots. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a bad spot for Cadet, who could emerge as a top change-of-pace back for his new team.
Mar 14, 08:13 PM Free-agent DT Alan Branch has returning to the New England Patriots on a two-year, $6.6 million deal.
Mar 13, 01:23 PM Free-agent TE Scott Chandler (Bills) has reached an agreement with the New England Patriots Friday, March 13, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good spot for Chandler, who should get his chances as a No. 2 tight end with his new team.
Mar 13, 01:13 PM Free-agent TE Scott Chandler (Bills) is likely to join the New England Patriots, according to a source.
Mar 12, 12:53 PM New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola had his contract reworked Thursday, March 12. The deal is for three years and $12.75 million. Amendola can make up to $15 million in total.
Mar 11, 10:13 PM The New England Patriots signed free-agent CB Chimdi Chekwa (Raiders) to a one-year deal Wednesday, March 11, a league source said.
Mar 11, 07:43 PM Free-agent WR Kevin Dorsey (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the New England Patriots Wednesday, March 11.
Mar 11, 06:53 PM Free-agent LB Jabaal Sheard (Browns) has agreed to a two-year deal worth $11 million, with a $4 million bonus.

Offseason Keys

Brandon Browner, CB; Brandon LaFell, WR; Darrelle Revis, CB. 

Brandon Spikes, LB; Aqib Talib, CB; LeGarrette Blount, RB. 

2014 Draft Class

 # 1  29 Dominique EasleyDL
 # 2  30 Jimmy GaroppoloQB
 # 4  5 Bryan StorkOL
 # 4  30 James WhiteRB
 # 4  40 Cameron FlemingOL
 # 6  22 Zach MooreDL
 # 6  28 Tyler GaffneyRB
 # 6  38 Garrett GilbertQB
 Undrafted Roy FinchRB
 Undrafted Deontae SkinnerLB

2014 Schedule

1     Sep 13 1:00PM     at Miami
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Minnesota
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Oakland
4     Oct 5 8:30PM     at Kansas City
5     Oct 11 8:30PM     Cincinnati
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at Buffalo
7     Oct 22 8:25PM     New York Jets
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     Chicago
9     Nov 8 4:25PM     Denver
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 22 8:30PM     at Indianapolis
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     Detroit
13     Dec 6 4:25PM     at Green Bay
14     Dec 13 8:30PM     at San Diego
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     Miami
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at New York Jets
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     Buffalo
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 16 4:35PM     Baltimore
20     Jan 24 6:40PM     Indianapolis
21     Feb 7 6:30PM     at Seattle
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