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

Oct 20, 02:52 AM New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) is out for the year, but his financial status may improve as a result of the injury. A total of $4.5 million of his $6.25 million base salary was guaranteed for injury only, which means he still may collect that money if the Patriots decide to move on.
Oct 17, 08:02 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 53 of his team's 57 offensive snaps in the Week 7 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Oct. 18. It was the first time all season he has played over 90 percent of the snaps in a game.

Fantasy Impact: Needless to say, Gronk is back. He is getting his normal playing time.
Oct 17, 01:02 PM New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray was the team's 'inside' runner behind RB Shane Vereen in Week 7 against the New York Jets Thursday, Oct. 16, but Gray only had three carries on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Gray has a little upside in this offense but is going to be a touchdown dependent player for fantasy teams.
Oct 17, 12:22 AM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 20 of his 37 pass attempts for 261 yards and three touchdowns in the team's Week 7 game Thursday, Oct. 16.

Fantasy Impact: Brady is red hot right now, playing like an elite fantasy quarterback once again.
Oct 17, 12:12 AM New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had 11 carries for 43 yards and five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 7 game Thursday, Oct. 16.

Fantasy Impact: Vereen dominated touches at running back for the Patriots and seems the clear back to own in this offense right now.
Oct 16, 08:04 PM White is not active for the Week 7 game.
Oct 16, 07:12 PM New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray will be active tonight and is currently listed ahead of James White on the team's depth chart. White is inactive for the contest.
Oct 16, 07:02 PM The New England Patriots have declared WR Aaron Dobson, C Bryan Stork, OT Cameron Fleming, OG Dan Connolly, RB James White, CB Malcolm Butler, FS Nate Ebner inactive for Week 7.
Oct 16, 05:12 PM The New England Patriots placed RB Stevan Ridley (knee) and LB Jerod Mayo (knee) on Reserve/Injured and promoted OG Chris Barker to the active roster Thursday, Oct. 16.
Oct 16, 11:32 AM New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) underwent surgery Thursday, Oct. 16, to repair his patellar tendon injury. He hopes to be facing a six-month recovery period.
Oct 15, 04:53 PM New England Patriots FS Nate Ebner (finger) and OT Cameron Fleming (finger) have been ruled out for Week 7. OG Dan Connolly (concussion), C Bryan Stork (concussion), CB Brandon Browner (ankle), LB Jamie Collins (thigh), DE Dominique Easley (knee, shoulder), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and WR Matthew Slater (shoulder) are listed as questionable, while DE Chandler Jones (shoulder) and FS Devin McCourty (rib) are listed as probable. Connolly, Ebner, Fleming and Stork did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, while the other players were limited during practice.
Oct 15, 04:43 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, and is listed as probable for Week 7.
Oct 14, 04:43 PM New England Patriots OG Dan Connolly (concussion), FS Nate Ebner (finger), OT Cameron Fleming (finger) and C Bryan Stork (concussion) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 14. CB Brandon Browner (ankle), LB Jamie Collins (thigh), DL Dominique Easley (shoulder, knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), DE Chandler Jones (shoulder), FS Devin McCourty (ribs) and WR Matthew Slater (shoulder) were limited.
Oct 14, 04:33 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Oct 14, 02:13 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is back in full force, according to QB Tom Brady. Gronkowski played limited snaps in the first four weeks while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but he has emerged in the last few weeks. He had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and caught seven passes for 94 yards in Week 6. Gronkowski took some big hits and showed added strength in the game against the Buffalo Bills. He's a great option out there, Brady said. So if they don't cover him, he usually gets it. If they put extra guys on him then it frees everybody else up. He's tough to stop. You put a safety on him, he's got size. You put a linebacker on him, he's got speed. He's been that way since he got into the NFL.'
Oct 14, 10:13 AM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) played Sunday, Oct. 13, through a significant injury, according to two sources. Brady rolled his ankle on the foot of one of his offensive linemen Friday, Oct. 10. Brady required a lot of therapy to be ready to play in Week 6.

Fantasy Impact: He looked just fine in the game, so we wouldn't expect this to be a huge issue going forward.

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 Deontae SkinnerLB

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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