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

Jan 24, 10:52 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 12 of his 24 pass attempts on scramble plays outside of the pocket this year for 198 yards and two scores. Last year, he was 0-of-4 on similar plays.
Jan 23, 06:02 PM New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow), DT Sealver Siliga (foot) and C Bryan Stork (knee) are questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks after each player was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 23.
Jan 23, 06:02 PM New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow), DT Sealver Siliga (foot) and C Bryan Stork (knee) are questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks after each player was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 23.
Jan 23, 06:02 PM New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow), DT Sealver Siliga (foot) and C Bryan Stork (knee) are questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks after each player was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 23.
Jan 23, 06:02 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 23, and is probable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jan 23, 06:02 PM New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 23, and is questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jan 23, 12:42 PM New England Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) is practicing with a brace on his lower right leg Friday, Jan. 23.
Jan 23, 11:32 AM New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) said he is on schedule in his rehab from a torn patella tendon. Mayo did not comment on if he will be ready for the start of the offseason schedule. "I think I'm right on schedule," Mayo said. "I'm doing everything. The training staff with the Patriots, they're a great staff, and I'm in there every day. They tell me I'm doing well. They're telling me I'm on time."
Jan 22, 08:02 PM New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 22.
Jan 22, 08:02 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) participated fully in practice Thursday, Jan. 22.
Jan 22, 08:02 PM New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow), DL Sealver Siliga (foot) and C Bryan Stork (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 22.
Jan 22, 08:02 PM New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow), DL Sealver Siliga (foot) and C Bryan Stork (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 22.
Jan 22, 08:02 PM New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow), DL Sealver Siliga (foot) and C Bryan Stork (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 22.
Jan 22, 05:42 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is often a tough matchup for opposing defenses, but Seattle Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane said he doesn't think Gronkowski is 'that good.' 'He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls,' Lane said. Gronkowski caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Lane could be lined up often against Gronkowski in the slot in the Super Bowl.
Jan 22, 01:42 PM New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 21. The team did not practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.
Jan 22, 12:42 PM New England Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) is participating in practice Thursday, Jan. 22.

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
 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 4:35PM     Baltimore
20     Jan 18 6:40PM     Indianapolis
21     Feb 1 6:30PM     at Seattle
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