Team Grade:
New England Patriots
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Patriots have one of the most talented teams in all of football. They get it done on both sides of the ball. A lot of younger defensive options are emerging and the offense remains very good because of Tom Brady. New England should be considered the favorites to win the AFC, especially with the Broncos having some questions at quarterback to start the season. The Patriots are looking very good for the coming year.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
The Patriots signed Chris Hogan during the offseason to add more depth to the position. Hogan just seems a great fit for this offense. He is a solid route runner that works hard and has the knack for making the clutch play. He might not open the season as the starter but could grab that job before long. He seems a good option to start opposite Julian Edelman because of his size and speed. Don't forget about Hogan come draft day. He is a good sleeper for fantasy teams in this explosive offense.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Danny Amendola had some big games last year but most of those came when filling in for Edelman. He was pretty average when not filling the shoes of Edelman. And he has more competition for playing time this season with Hogan and Nate Washington around. This isn't a good sign for Amendola, especially if you consider he had two offseason surgeries. Amendola is setup for a down season.

Team Notes

May 24, 11:33 AM New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) has given signs of optimism for being ready for the start of the season. Some close to Lewis feel that he's about a month away from being able to play in a game. The team plans to be conservative with him, and his repetitions in organized team activities will be limited at best.
May 23, 08:23 AM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's legal team will officially file its appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Monday, May 23, which is the deadline to do so. 'The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it,' attorney Ted Olson said.
May 16, 05:03 PM New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee, ankle) is recovering from a pair of offseason surgeries that could prevent him being ready for the start of the 2016 season. Amendola had surgery on a troublesome left knee and another surgery to remove a bone spur in his ankle, according to a source. Both surgeries happened early this offseason. It's still too early to know when Amendola will be fully recovered, but his knee will demand a longer recovery schedule than his ankle.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots aren't likely to say much about his status but keep an eye on the notes for the latest. These surgeries are a concern going forward for this year.
May 13, 02:33 PM Free-agent RB Joey Iosefa is re-signing with the New England Patriots Friday, May 13.
May 11, 03:43 PM New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) recently underwent foot surgery but is still on pace to participate in training camp, according to sources.

Fantasy Impact: You'll want to keep an eye on this one. Early indications are positive but you never know with these Patriots players.
May 11, 12:23 PM The New England Patriots signed DT Vincent Valentine, their third-round pick, to a four-year deal worth $3.03 million with a signing bonus of $645,420.
May 10, 11:03 AM Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola can earn $1.6 million in 2016, which is a pay cut of $4.4 million from his last contract. He's set to earn $6.5 million in 2017, but none of it is guaranteed. That means they'll have a decision to make on him again next offseason.
May 09, 02:33 PM New England Patriots WR Nate Washington is not a lock for the final roster, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Reiss indicated that only WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell are locks for the 53-man roster.
May 09, 02:33 PM New England Patriots WR Nate Washington is not a lock for the final roster, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Reiss indicated that only WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell are locks for the 53-man roster.
May 09, 02:33 PM New England Patriots WR Nate Washington is not a lock for the final roster, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Reiss indicated that only WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell are locks for the 53-man roster.
May 09, 02:33 PM New England Patriots WR Nate Washington is not a lock for the final roster, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Reiss indicated that only WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell are locks for the 53-man roster.
May 06, 06:33 PM New England Patriots RB Joey Iosefa was placed on no-recall waivers Friday, May 6.
May 06, 11:13 AM New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola restructured his contract Friday, May 6, according to a source. His deal is for two years and $7.35 million with $750,000 in roster and receptions bonuses.
May 03, 04:53 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's deadline to appeal his four-game suspension has been extended to May 23, according to a source.
May 02, 06:03 PM New England Patriots OG Jonathan Cooper's fifth-year option was declined Monday, May 2.
May 02, 09:29 AM New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell has the short-area burst the team looks for in receivers, and beat writer Mike Reiss believes the addition of Mitchell will give the team flexibility in handling the contract situation of WR Danny Amendola.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
E.J. Biggers, CB; Donald Brown, RB; Chris Hogan, WR; Ramon Humber, OLB; Terrance Knighton, DT; Markus Kuhn, DT; Chris Long, DE; Shea McClellin, ILB; Nate Washington, WR; Martellus Bennett, TE; Jonathan Cooper, G. 

Losses:
Akiem Hicks, DE; Brandon LaFell, WR; Sealver Siliga, DT; Tavon Wilson, SS; Chandler Jones, LB. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 2  60 Cyrus JonesDB
 # 3  78 Joe ThuneyOL
 # 3  91 Jacoby BrissettQB
 # 3  96 Vincent ValentineDL
 # 4  112 Malcolm MitchellWR
 # 6  208 Kamu Grugier-HillDB
 # 6  214 Elandon RobertsLB
 # 6  221 Ted KarrasOL
 # 7  225 Devin LucienWR

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 8:30PM     at Arizona
2     Sep 18 1:00PM     Miami
3     Sep 22 8:25PM     Houston
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     Buffalo
5     Oct 9 1:00PM     at Cleveland
6     Oct 16 1:00PM     Cincinnati
7     Oct 23 4:25PM     at Pittsburgh
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     at Buffalo
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 13 8:30PM     Seattle
11     Nov 20 4:25PM     at San Francisco
12     Nov 27 8:30PM     at New York Jets
13     Dec 4 1:00PM     Los Angeles
14     Dec 12 8:30PM     Baltimore
15     Dec 18 4:25PM     at Denver
16     Dec 24 1:00PM     New York Jets
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     at Miami
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 14 4:35PM     Kansas City
20     Jan 22 3:05PM     at Denver
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