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

Mar 03, 02:43 PM Impending free-agent CB Darrelle Revis (Patriots) could be pursued by by the New York Jets in free agency. Owner Woody Johnson is leading serious internal discussions on possibly bringing Revis back.
Mar 02, 04:43 PM New England Patriots CB Devin McCourty will become a free agent if he is not signed to a long-term deal within eight days. Some expected McCourty to receive the franchise tag, but PK Stephen Gostkowski was tagged Monday, March 2, before the franchise tag deadline.
Mar 02, 03:03 PM New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski received the franchise tag Monday, March 2, according to a source.
Mar 02, 02:13 PM New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) could be a coup for a team willing to take a chance on his recovery from anterior cruciate ligament surgery this offseason. He's likely to receive an offer for a 'prove-it' one-year deal around the $1.25 million range with incentives.
Feb 27, 01:02 PM New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Shane Vereen made it clear that he doesn't expect to make $5 million in 2015, as was previously reported.
Feb 22, 07:32 AM New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and will be sidelined for approximately six or seven months.
Feb 20, 06:52 PM New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is about four weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Ridley hopes to be able to return to the field in May.
Feb 19, 04:22 PM New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Shane Vereen is expecting a contract worth at least $5 million per season, according to a source. Vereen would like to remain with the Patriots, but there have been no indications on whether the sides are close on a new deal.
Feb 17, 01:43 PM New England Patriots impending free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski is unlikely to receive the franchise tag because impending free-agent FS Devin McCourty is a better candidate for it. However, if McCourty signs a long-term deal, Gostkowski could receive the tag, which runs at a price of around $3.75 million this year.
Feb 15, 12:52 PM New England Patriots impending free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski could be a candidate for the franchise tag if the two-sides are not able to reach an agreement on a new contract.
Feb 08, 11:02 AM New England Patriots impending free-agent FS Devin McCourty is a candidate for the franchise tag if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement by the deadline.
Feb 05, 06:02 PM The New England Patriots signed OG Chris Barker, DE Jake Bequette, QB Garrett Gilbert, DB Justin Green, OT Caylin Hauptmann, WR Jonathan Krause, LBs Eric Martin and Deontae Skinner and DB Daxton Swanson to Reserve/Futures deals Thursday, Feb. 5.
Feb 05, 06:02 PM The New England Patriots signed OG Chris Barker, DE Jake Bequette, QB Garrett Gilbert, DB Justin Green, OT Caylin Hauptmann, WR Jonathan Krause, LBs Eric Martin and Deontae Skinner and DB Daxton Swanson to Reserve/Futures deals Thursday, Feb. 5.
Feb 02, 05:13 PM New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen set a Super Bowl record Sunday, Feb. 1, with 11 catches -- most of any running back in Super Bowl history.
Feb 02, 01:43 PM New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is expected to undergo labrum surgery in the near future.
Feb 02, 01:33 PM New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (head) was tested for a concussion and was cleared to play after he left Super Bowl XLIX with a head injury, according to a source.

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 Roy FinchRB
 Undrafted Deontae SkinnerLB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     at Miami
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Minnesota
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Oakland
4     Oct 5 8:30PM     at Kansas City
5     Oct 11 8:30PM     Cincinnati
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at Buffalo
7     Oct 22 8:25PM     New York Jets
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     Chicago
9     Nov 8 4:25PM     Denver
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 22 8:30PM     at Indianapolis
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     Detroit
13     Dec 6 4:25PM     at Green Bay
14     Dec 13 8:30PM     at San Diego
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     Miami
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at New York Jets
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     Buffalo
-- 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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