Team Grade:
New England Patriots
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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.
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.
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

May 02, 06:03 PM New England Patriots OG Jonathan Cooper's fifth-year option was declined Monday, May 2.
May 02, 09:29 AM New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell has the short-area burst the team looks for in receivers, and beat writer Mike Reiss believes the addition of Mitchell will give the team flexibility in handling the contract situation of WR Danny Amendola.
Apr 27, 08:03 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and the NFL are not expected to talk anymore regarding a settlement, according to a source. The league doesn't believe the NFL Players' Association or any of Brady's representatives have provided a reason to renew settlement talks. Brady's suspension was recently upheld by a federal appeals court and he is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season.
Apr 26, 09:23 AM New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has made great strides, according to head coach Bill Belichick. 'The reps that he's gotten on the field in preseason games and in practice,' Belichick said, 'I think he's shown a lot of development - better understanding, quicker recognition and reading of the defenses, more awareness of what's happening on the defensive side of the ball, better communication, better understanding of the offense - really everything.'
Apr 25, 04:43 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will not yet accept the court ruling of his four-game suspension, according to sources. He is mulling options with his legal team.

Fantasy Impact: Brady has a real uphill battle with this latest suspension. It doesn't look good for him.
Apr 25, 01:53 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's chances of winning an appeal after his four-game suspension was reinstated are not good, according to director of Tulane Sports Law Program Gabe Feldman. 'But Tom Brady's next step is to make an en banc appeal to ask the entire second circuit to hear that -- those are very rarely granted. And even more rare is the Supreme Court to hear this case. So Tom Brady is almost out of chances. I think any chance he has left is very slim,' Feldman said.
Apr 25, 12:03 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady had his four-game suspension from last season reinstated by a U.S. Appeals court Monday, April 25.

Fantasy Impact: This hurts his stock going into the season but don't take him off your draft board for missing four games. He'll be an elite quarterback once he returns to action.
Apr 22, 05:03 PM Free-agent LB Tony Steward (Bills) and LS Christian Yount (Browns) signed with the New England Patriots Friday, April 22. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 22, 01:33 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he's not concerned about his contract. 'No, that's not on my mind at all. I started offseason workouts yesterday. It just feels great to be back with the team working out, getting back in football shape and getting prepared for the season.'
Apr 19, 12:33 PM Buffalo Bills LB Tony Steward was released Tuesday, April 19.
Apr 14, 06:23 PM The New England Patriots re-signed RB Tyler Gaffney to an undisclosed deal Thursday, April 14.
Apr 12, 03:43 PM Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount's one-year deal is worth up to $2 million -- $1 million in base salary and bonuses and $1 million in incentives, according to a source.
Apr 12, 12:53 PM Updating an earlier report, New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount signed a one-year deal Tuesday, April 12.
Apr 12, 12:03 PM Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) re-signed with the New England Patriots Tuesday, April 12, on an undisclosed deal.

Fantasy Impact: Blount should fill his usual role with the Patriots this season. He does well in this offense.
Apr 11, 05:13 PM New England Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney was cut Monday, April 11.
Apr 07, 05:43 PM Free-agent DL Markus Kuhn (Giants) signed an undisclosed deal with the New England Patriots Thursday, April 7.

Offseason Keys

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

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

2016 Draft Class

 # 2  60 Cyrus JonesDB
 # 3  78 Joe ThuneyOL
 # 3  91 Jacoby BrissettQB
 # 3  96 Vincent ValentineDL
 # 4  112 Malcolm MitchellWR
 # 6  208 Kamu Grugier-HillDB
 # 6  214 Elandon RobertsLB
 # 6  221 Ted KarrasOL
 # 7  225 Devin LucienWR

2016 Schedule

1     Sep 11 8:30PM     at Arizona
2     Sep 18 1:00PM     Miami
3     Sep 22 8:25PM     Houston
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     Buffalo
5     Oct 9 1:00PM     at Cleveland
6     Oct 16 1:00PM     Cincinnati
7     Oct 23 4:25PM     at Pittsburgh
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     at Buffalo
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 13 8:30PM     Seattle
11     Nov 20 4:25PM     at San Francisco
12     Nov 27 8:30PM     at New York Jets
13     Dec 4 1:00PM     Los Angeles
14     Dec 12 8:30PM     Baltimore
15     Dec 18 4:25PM     at Denver
16     Dec 24 1:00PM     New York Jets
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     at Miami
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 14 4:35PM     Kansas City
20     Jan 22 3:05PM     at Denver
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