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

Dec 21, 12:22 PM New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) is active for the team's Week 16 game.
Dec 21, 12:22 PM New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) is active for the team's Week 16 game.
Dec 21, 11:33 AM New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) is inactive Sunday, Dec. 21.
Dec 21, 11:33 AM The New England Patriots have declared CB Alfonzo Dennard, OG Dan Connolly, RB James White, OT Jordan Devey, WR Julian Edelman, CB Kyle Arrington, RB LeGarrette Blount inactive for Week 16.
Dec 21, 11:33 AM The New England Patriots have declared CB Alfonzo Dennard, OG Dan Connolly, RB James White, OT Jordan Devey, WR Julian Edelman, CB Kyle Arrington, RB LeGarrette Blount inactive for Week 16.
Dec 21, 11:33 AM The New England Patriots have declared CB Alfonzo Dennard, OG Dan Connolly, RB James White, OT Jordan Devey, WR Julian Edelman, CB Kyle Arrington, RB LeGarrette Blount inactive for Week 16.
Dec 21, 11:33 AM The New England Patriots have declared CB Alfonzo Dennard, OG Dan Connolly, RB James White, OT Jordan Devey, WR Julian Edelman, CB Kyle Arrington, RB LeGarrette Blount inactive for Week 16.
Dec 21, 11:33 AM The New England Patriots have declared CB Alfonzo Dennard, OG Dan Connolly, RB James White, OT Jordan Devey, WR Julian Edelman, CB Kyle Arrington, RB LeGarrette Blount inactive for Week 16.
Dec 21, 11:33 AM New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) is inactive Sunday, Dec. 21.
Dec 20, 06:02 PM New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 16. Edelman didn't receive final clearance from the concussion protocol to play Sunday, Dec. 21.
Dec 19, 05:22 PM New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder) were both limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Dec 19, 05:22 PM New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder) were both limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Dec 19, 05:22 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Dec. 19, and is probable for Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Dec 19, 05:12 PM New England Patriots LS Danny Aiken (finger), CB Kyle Arrington (hamstring), OG Dan Connolly (knee), OT Cameron Fleming (ankle), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DE Chandler Jones (hip), DE Rob Ninkovich (heel) and LB Chris White (ankle) are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets. All players were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19.
Dec 19, 05:12 PM New England Patriots LS Danny Aiken (finger), CB Kyle Arrington (hamstring), OG Dan Connolly (knee), OT Cameron Fleming (ankle), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DE Chandler Jones (hip), DE Rob Ninkovich (heel) and LB Chris White (ankle) are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets. All players were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19.
Dec 19, 05:12 PM New England Patriots LS Danny Aiken (finger), CB Kyle Arrington (hamstring), OG Dan Connolly (knee), OT Cameron Fleming (ankle), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DE Chandler Jones (hip), DE Rob Ninkovich (heel) and LB Chris White (ankle) are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets. All players were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19.

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  28 Tyler GaffneyRB
 # 7  29 Jeremy GallonWR
 Undrafted Roy FinchRB
 Undrafted Deontae SkinnerLB

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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