2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
New England Patriots
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Patriots will have to get by early in the year while Tom Brady is suspended. If they come out of that pretty unscathed, this team can make some noise once again. The offense is consistent and the defense is underrated at times. The Patriots are a complete team that knows how to finish games and make the big play when needed. New England is a playoff team that should challenge for another Super Bowl title in 2015.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
You never know how is going to emerge at running back for the Patriots, but the prospects of James White getting more work this season look good. He could be the Shane Vereen-type back in this offense this year. He has a similar skillset. White isnâ??t a sure thing by any means but he is worth a late-round grab come draft day. If he starts getting consistent work, he can get around 1,000 total yards and five or six touchdowns in this offense. White is ready to take a step forward this season if given the chance.
FANTASY DUD
Julian Edelman has become the top receiver for the Patriots. He has 197 receptions the past two seasons. But donâ??t overlook the fact Edelman has just 10 touchdowns the past two seasons and topped 1,000 yard just once the past two years. He gets his catches but the rest of his numbers arenâ??t great. And you have to worry about him wearing down some after all the touches the past two seasons. It wouldnâ??t surprise to see Edelman take a step backwards this coming season.

Team Notes

Feb 09, 05:53 PM New England Patriots RB Montee Ball was released Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Fantasy Impact: Ball might about done in the NFL.
Feb 07, 03:33 PM Updating a previous report, New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler (knee) did not play in the 2016 Pro Bowl because he suffered a knee sprain in the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos. Butler does not need surgery.
Feb 04, 04:13 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) did not require surgery on his knee or back, according to a source.
Feb 04, 02:53 PM New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (quadriceps) doesn't require surgery on his partially torn quadriceps. He'll be ready for offseason workouts, according to a source.
Feb 04, 01:43 PM Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen has 22 receptions on passes thrown between 15 and 30 yards downfield in 2015 (including playoffs), the most since New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and former New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham each had 21 in 2011.
Jan 31, 04:23 PM New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler (knee) is not playing in the Pro Bowl because he suffered a knee injury during the AFC Championship game. Butler will not need to undergo surgery for the injury.
Jan 31, 03:23 PM New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is not expected to be released this offseason despite a $6.8 million salary cap hit he would cause. Releasing Amendola would save the Patriots $3.5 million against the salary cap.
Jan 30, 06:03 PM New England Patriots TE Scott Chandler could interest the New York Jets if he's cut as he put up good numbers with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey with the Buffalo Bills.
Jan 27, 02:53 PM New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) will not need surgery on his season-ending hip injury, according to a source.
Jan 27, 12:33 AM New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (pectoral) underwent surgery Tuesday, Jan. 26, to repair a torn pectoral muscle, a source said. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
Jan 26, 12:13 AM New England Patriots RB James White played 57 of the 83 offensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24, and RB Brandon Bolden played 16. RB Steven Jackson rounded things out with 11 snaps. The team will also get RB Dion Lewis (knee) back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2016, while RB LeGarrette Blount is an impending free agent. The team might face an offseason similar to 2011 when the selected a pair of backs in the NFL Draft.
Jan 26, 12:13 AM New England Patriots RB James White played 57 of the 83 offensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24, and RB Brandon Bolden played 16. RB Steven Jackson rounded things out with 11 snaps. The team will also get RB Dion Lewis (knee) back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2016, while RB LeGarrette Blount is an impending free agent. The team might face an offseason similar to 2011 when the selected a pair of backs in the NFL Draft.
Jan 26, 12:13 AM New England Patriots RB James White played 57 of the 83 offensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24, and RB Brandon Bolden played 16. RB Steven Jackson rounded things out with 11 snaps. The team will also get RB Dion Lewis (knee) back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2016, while RB LeGarrette Blount is an impending free agent. The team might face an offseason similar to 2011 when the selected a pair of backs in the NFL Draft.
Jan 26, 12:13 AM New England Patriots RB James White played 57 of the 83 offensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24, and RB Brandon Bolden played 16. RB Steven Jackson rounded things out with 11 snaps. The team will also get RB Dion Lewis (knee) back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2016, while RB LeGarrette Blount is an impending free agent. The team might face an offseason similar to 2011 when the selected a pair of backs in the NFL Draft.
Jan 26, 12:13 AM New England Patriots RB James White played 57 of the 83 offensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24, and RB Brandon Bolden played 16. RB Steven Jackson rounded things out with 11 snaps. The team will also get RB Dion Lewis (knee) back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2016, while RB LeGarrette Blount is an impending free agent. The team might face an offseason similar to 2011 when the selected a pair of backs in the NFL Draft.
Jan 25, 11:13 PM New England Patriots DEs Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard are each under contract for the 2016 season, and DEs Geneo Grissom and Trey Flowers provide depth for the future. The defensive end spot is not considered a position of need heading into the offseason.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Scott Chandler, TE; Bradley Fletcher, CB; Jonathan Freeny, LB; Brandon Gibson, WR; Robert McClain, CB; Jabaal Sheard, LB. 

Losses:
Akeem Ayers, LB; Brandon Browner, CB ; Darrelle Revis, CB; Stevan Ridley, RB; Shane Vereen, RB; Vince Wilfork, DT. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  32 Malcom BrownDL
 # 2  32 Jordan RichardsDB
 # 3  33 Geneo GrissomDL
 # 4  2 Trey FlowersDL
 # 4  12 Tre' JacksonOL
 # 4  32 Shaq MasonOL
 # 5  14 Cedric ThompsonDB
 # 5  30 Joe CardonaOL
 # 6  26 A.J. DerbyTE
 # 7  14 Joey IosefaRB
 # 7  30 Darryl RobertsDB
 # 7  36 Xzavier DicksonLB
 Undrafted DeAndre CarterWR
 Undrafted Chris HarperWR

2015 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 8:30PM     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     Kansas City
20     Jan 24 3:05PM     at Denver
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