2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
New England Patriots
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

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.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
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.
FANTASY DUD
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

Jul 30, 04:22 PM New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is optimistic after the first day of training camp Thursday, July 30. Hightower said everything is going in the right direction, but there's no timetable for when he will be cleared for full contact.
Jul 30, 02:32 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady received all of the reps with first-team offense during practice Thursday, July 30, and completed 27 of his 30 passes during team drills.
Jul 30, 01:32 PM New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo made several mistakes during practice Thursday, July 30, and the team will work on correcting those mistakes during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Jul 30, 01:22 PM New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount was placed on the Non-Football Injury list because he was not able to complete the conditioning test at the start of training camp. Players have to run 20 sprints of 50 yards in under eight seconds to pass the test, but Blount was only able to complete 12 reps.

Fantasy Impact: Blount is off to a rough start to camp, which could open the door for others to start.
Jul 30, 10:12 AM Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's lawsuit was transferred to Manhattan, N.Y., by a Minnesota judge Friday, July 30.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't great news for Brady as moving the lawsuit to New York is likely a bit of a win for the league.
Jul 30, 09:52 AM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has filed a lawsuit against the NFL asking a Minnesota federal court for penalties against Brady to be vacated. The suit alleges that Brady's punishment was not fair and consistent. It also claims that the appeal hearing 'defied any concept of fundamental fairness' and that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was partial in his decision to uphold the suspension.
Jul 29, 07:03 PM New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (undisclosed) and OT Caylin Hauptmann (undisclosed) were placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 29.
Jul 29, 06:53 PM New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 29.
Jul 29, 06:43 PM New England Patriots FB James Develin officially signed his exclusive rights tender Wednesday, July 29.
Jul 29, 09:23 AM Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady posted on Facebook that he replaced his broken phone with a new one after his attorneys told the NFL 'my actual phone device' would not be investigated. His representatives turned over requested cell phone records and emails, Brady said, and tried to obtain text messages from his old phone.

Fantasy Impact: Some of his story is sure hard to believe, which is likely why the NFL upheld their suspension on him.
Jul 29, 01:53 AM Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could have had his suspended reduced based on a series of conditions. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL was willing to drop the suspension by 'at least 50 percent' if Brady admitted to having knowledge of what the team's staff was doing to footballs, he admitted to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation and he apologized.

Fantasy Impact: He wasn't going to admit wrongdoing, so it isn't a surprise that he didn't take that deal.
Jul 28, 05:13 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is facing a four-game suspension, but the Patriots have done fairly well without him. In games Brady has missed since he became a starter in 2001, New England has gone 10-5. They have averaged about two fewer points per game and about 27 fewer passing yards per game. However, their rushing yards have increased from 115.7 yards per game to 143.5 yards per game. Their total yards per game have actually increased as well from 366.8 yards per game to 367.3 yards per game.
Jul 28, 04:53 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has given permission to the NFL Players Association to appeal his case in federal court, according to a source. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in deflating footballs in last year's postseason.
Jul 28, 02:53 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension has been upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday, July 28.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't the last of this but knock him down some in your rankings because of the suspension. The missed time really hurts his value.
Jul 28, 10:13 AM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to have his four-game suspension upheld, a source told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Smith said on 'ESPN First Take' Tuesday, July 28, that a source told him 'within the last hour,' that unless something changed at the last minute, Brady's suspension would be upheld. Smith said an announcement is expected within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Jul 27, 05:32 PM New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (undisclosed), DT Chris D. Jones (calf), WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed), DT Vince Taylor (undisclosed), C Ryan Wendell (shoulder) and LB Chris White (undisclosed) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

Offseason Keys

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

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

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  32 Malcom BrownDL
 # 2  32 Jordan RichardsDB
 # 3  33 Geneo GrissomDL
 # 4  2 Trey FlowersDL
 # 4  12 Tre' JacksonOL
 # 4  32 Shaq MasonOL
 # 5  30 Joe CardonaOL
 # 6  26 A.J. DerbyTE
 # 6  178 Matthew WellsLB
 # 7  30 Darryl RobertsDB
 # 7  36 Xzavier DicksonLB

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 10 8:30PM     Pittsburgh
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Buffalo
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Jacksonville
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 11 4:25PM     at Dallas
6     Oct 18 8:30PM     at Indianapolis
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     New York Jets
8     Oct 29 8:25PM     Miami
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Washington
10     Nov 15 4:25PM     at New York Giants
11     Nov 23 8:30PM     Buffalo
12     Nov 29 8:30PM     at Denver
13     Dec 6 4:25PM     Philadelphia
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at Houston
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     Tennessee
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at New York Jets
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Miami
-- 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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