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

Aug 29, 11:02 AM New England Patriots TE Tim Wright caught four passes for 43 yards in roughly one half of action in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28. It was his first game with his new team.
Aug 29, 11:02 AM New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

Fantasy Impact: It was good to see him on the field and making plays. He should be a factor this year.
Aug 28, 10:12 PM New England Patriots DL Michael Buchanan (ankle) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.
Aug 28, 04:52 PM New England Patriots TE Timothy Wright is expected to play Thursday, Aug. 28, against the New York Giants after recently being acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Aug 28, 10:42 AM New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) will make his preseason debut Thursday, Aug. 28, in the final preseason game.
Aug 27, 10:23 PM The New England Patriots really like TE Timothy Wright, acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for OL Logan Mankins. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport even considers him as the team's 'new' Aaron Hernandez, or complement to TE Rob Gronkowski.

Fantasy Impact: Wright is going to be a player to watch going forward. He could get a lot of targets once he gets up to speed on the offense.
Aug 27, 12:13 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) continues to make progress in his rehab but likely will sit out the final preseason game. Gronkowski is looking to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Aug 26, 06:43 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has not encountered any setbacks from the end of last week, and the acquisition of TE Timothy Wright is not a sign that the team is concerned about Gronkowski's health. The Patriots have wanted to remain cautious with Gronkowski's workload this preseason. Wright is a 'move' tight end, similar to the role free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez used to play with the team.

Fantasy Impact: It still seems Gronk is on track to be ready for Week 1.
Aug 26, 04:53 PM The New England Patriots placed RB Tyler Gaffney (undisclosed) and LB Cameron Gordon (undisclosed) on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 01:53 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to the parameters of a trade to acquire OG Logan Mankins (Patriots) in exchange for TE Timothy Wright and an undisclosed draft pick Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Fantasy Impact: Wright is an upgrade at the backup tight end spot. We wouldn't expect huge numbers but he might be worth a spot start in the right matchup.
Aug 25, 01:43 PM The New England Patriots have released TE Justin Jones.
Aug 25, 10:03 AM New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley may not make the team out of the preseason.

Fantasy Impact: This would be a surprise. He has a ton of talent but just can't hold onto the football right now.
Aug 24, 10:06 PM New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce did not play an offensive snap until there was 1:26 remaining in the third quarter of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers. He is considered to be decisively behind WRs Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson (foot), Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell on the depth chart.
Aug 24, 06:03 PM The New England Patriots released DT Tommy Kelly, DE Will Smith and LB James Anderson.
Aug 23, 01:52 AM New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen was in for 26 offensive snaps in the first half of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers, a team-high among running backs.

Fantasy Impact: He is the safest of all Patriots' backs right now. He should get the most work.
Aug 23, 12:32 AM As expected, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) did not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers, but he is targeting a return for the regular season opener.

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 Justin JonesTE

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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