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

May 22, 04:32 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will have the appeal of his four-game suspension heard by commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL rejected a motion by the NFL Players Association to have Goodell remove himself from the appeal, according to a source.
May 22, 03:32 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension has not been scheduled at this time.
May 21, 11:12 AM Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) has re-signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million through on-field incentives.
May 20, 03:03 PM Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal will not be affected by the team's decision to accept their sanctions. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wants to hear from Brady directly in regards to the deflation of footballs in the AFC Championship.
May 19, 01:43 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will continue to appeal his four-game suspension, despite owner Robert Kraft saying the team will not appeal the discipline levied against them.
May 17, 08:42 PM New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo's quick decision making and accuracy fit well with New England's playbook that includes quick-rhythm passes as part of the foundation, and Bucky Brooks of NFL.com believes the Patriots will continue to use the diverse aerial attack that is used when QB Tom Brady is under center when Garoppolo starts.
May 17, 09:52 AM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has not missed any of the workouts this offseason.
May 14, 11:22 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension will be presided over by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a league spokesman confirmed Thursday, May 14.
May 14, 03:52 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has officially appealed his four-game suspension.
May 13, 10:03 AM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension could be reduced significantly, and possibly overturned, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brady has put together a renowned legal team to appeal his suspension.
May 11, 09:42 PM New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start while QB Tom Brady serves his suspension for 'DeflateGate'. Brady was suspended four games by the National Football League Monday, May 11, but intends to appeal the penalty.

Fantasy Impact: He could be worth using while Brady is out. He could have a big game or two in this offense.
May 11, 07:12 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will appeal his four-game suspension, according to his agent.
May 11, 05:52 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has been suspended four games for his involvement in the deflated-football incident in the AFC Championship. In addition, the Patriots will lose their 2016 first-round pick, a 2017 fourth-round pick and will be fined $1 million, according to a source.
May 11, 10:12 AM Free-agent TE Fred Davis (Redskins) agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots Monday, May 11.

Fantasy Impact: Davis could be a good fit for this offense. He won't start but could emerge as the No. 2 tight end if he stays out of trouble.
May 08, 12:52 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could be subject to a ruling on potential punishment for the deflated footballs situation as early as Friday, May 8.
May 07, 12:22 PM Free-agent TE Fred Davis (Redskins) was reinstated by the NFL Thursday, May 7, and is allowed to sign with any team.

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  22 Zach MooreDL
 # 6  28 Tyler GaffneyRB
 # 6  38 Garrett GilbertQB
 Undrafted Deontae SkinnerLB
 Undrafted Malcolm ButlerDB
 Undrafted Roy FinchRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 10 8:30PM     Pittsburgh
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Buffalo
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Jacksonville
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 11 4:25PM     at Dallas
6     Oct 18 8:30PM     at Indianapolis
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     New York Jets
8     Oct 29 8:25PM     Miami
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Washington
10     Nov 15 4:25PM     at New York Giants
11     Nov 23 8:30PM     Buffalo
12     Nov 29 8:30PM     at Denver
13     Dec 6 4:25PM     Philadelphia
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at Houston
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     Tennessee
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at New York Jets
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Miami
-- 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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