2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
New England Patriots
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

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.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
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.
FANTASY DUD
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

Jul 23, 03:33 PM New England Patriots TE Nate Byham signed a one-year, $645,000 contract that did not include any bonus money.
Jul 23, 08:53 AM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for contact and will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Gronk to be ready for the start of the season, barring any setbacks.
Jul 22, 12:43 PM Free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots) is still working out, hoping for another shot at signing with an NFL team. 'I feel great,' Tebow said. 'I feel the strongest, healthiest, throwing the best I ever have. I'm just really excited about the improvement.'
Jul 21, 05:23 PM New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley, RB Roy Finch, LB Deontae Skinner and OT Chris Martin have been placed on the team's non-football injury list.
Jul 21, 05:23 PM New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), WR Aaron Dobson (foot), WR Jeremy Gallon (undisclosed), DT Tommy Kelly (knee) and WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list.
Jul 21, 09:32 AM New England Patriots LB Jamie Collins bulked up in the offseason, but he didn't admit how much weight he has gained.
Jul 19, 12:32 PM New England Patriots WRs Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins are expected to receive the chance to compete for the kick return job during training camp.
Jul 19, 10:12 AM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he is planning on playing the whole season in 2014. 'I'm planning on playing the whole season this year,' Gronkowski said. 'I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is,' he said. 'I just want to play football. I love playing the game.'
Jul 18, 08:42 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he is not sure if he will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Jul 17, 05:12 PM New England Patriots OTs Marcus Cannon and Cameron Fleming are expected to compete for the swing tackle job during training camp.
Jul 17, 05:02 PM New England Patriots OG Dan Connolly could be released if OG Jon Halapio shows that he could handle the starting right guard job. Connolly is scheduled to make $3 million this upcoming season.
Jul 17, 04:42 PM New England Patriots DT Tommy Kelly (knee) was able to participate in team drills during the team's mandatory minicamp.
Jul 17, 03:02 PM New England Patriots FS Nate Ebner and SS Tavon Wilson could compete for one roster spot during training camp. Wilson could have an edge in experience, but Ebner received more playing time on special teams in 2013.
Jul 17, 02:52 PM New England Patriots S Jemea Thomas appears to a leading candidate to make the final roster if the team keeps six cornerbacks because of his ability to play cornerback, safety and on special teams.
Jul 17, 09:22 AM New England Patriots C Bryan Stork is pushing C Ryan Wendell for the starting center job. Stork took snaps with the first team in OTAs.
Jul 14, 08:53 AM New England Patriots DE Will Smith could move inside to defensive tackle on passing downs.

Offseason Keys

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

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

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  29 Dominique EasleyDL
 # 2  30 Jimmy GaroppoloQB
 # 4  5 Bryan StorkOL
 # 4  30 James WhiteRB
 # 4  40 Cameron FlemingOL
 # 6  3 Jon HalapioOL
 # 6  22 Zach MooreDL
 # 6  30 Jemea ThomasDB
 # 7  29 Jeremy GallonWR
 Undrafted Stephen HoustonRB
 Undrafted Justin JonesTE

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Miami
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     at Minnesota
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Oakland
4     Sep 29 8:30PM     at Kansas City
5     Oct 5 8:30PM     Cincinnati
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     at Buffalo
7     Oct 16 8:25PM     New York Jets
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     Chicago
9     Nov 2 4:25PM     Denver
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 16 8:30PM     at Indianapolis
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Detroit
13     Nov 30 4:25PM     at Green Bay
14     Dec 7 8:30PM     at San Diego
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Miami
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at New York Jets
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Buffalo
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 10 8:15PM     Indianapolis
20     Jan 18 3:00PM     at Denver
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