2016 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
New England Patriots
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Patriots have one of the most talented teams in all of football. They get it done on both sides of the ball. A lot of younger defensive options are emerging and the offense remains very good because of Tom Brady. New England should be considered the favorites to win the AFC, especially with the Broncos having some questions at quarterback to start the season. The Patriots are looking very good for the coming year.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
The Patriots signed Chris Hogan during the offseason to add more depth to the position. Hogan just seems a great fit for this offense. He is a solid route runner that works hard and has the knack for making the clutch play. He might not open the season as the starter but could grab that job before long. He seems a good option to start opposite Julian Edelman because of his size and speed. Don't forget about Hogan come draft day. He is a good sleeper for fantasy teams in this explosive offense.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Danny Amendola had some big games last year but most of those came when filling in for Edelman. He was pretty average when not filling the shoes of Edelman. And he has more competition for playing time this season with Hogan and Nate Washington around. This isn't a good sign for Amendola, especially if you consider he had two offseason surgeries. Amendola is setup for a down season.

Team Notes

Jun 22, 11:33 AM New England Patriots RB Donald Brown led all running backs with 19 receptions in Patriots minicamp, and he is taking advantage of the opportunity to contribute in any way possible. His most likely path to a role is as the top backup to RB LeGarrette Blount. Brown is not considered a lock to make the team, according to Mark Daniels, of the Providence Journal. New England would carry a $300,000 salary cap charge if Brown is released.
Jun 16, 08:03 PM New England Patriots rookie QB Jacoby Brissett signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, June 16. The deal is worth a total of over $3.4 million and includes a $680,604 signing bonus. He also received workout bonuses of $25,000 for each of 2017, 2018 and 2019. The base salaries of the contract are $450,000 this year, $580,038 in 2017, $735,076 in 2018 and $890,114 in 2019.
Jun 16, 06:33 PM New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett said he doesn't mind playing second fiddle to TE Rob Gronkowski this year. 'I really don't mind being Robin, you know? So right now it's just working every day and just trying to get better. He's an excellent player, and I'm gonna be able to get a lot of single coverages with him,' Bennett said. He has impressed in organized team activities this offseason as a newcomer with his size and athleticism.
Jun 13, 02:53 PM Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) practiced Monday, June 13, without a brace on his left knee. Lewis said he feels better every day but that he still has a long way to go in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Jun 13, 12:43 PM New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is back at practice for the first time Monday, June 13. Lewis is recovering from November surgery to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Jun 13, 11:23 AM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) is on the field for the organized team activities Monday, June 13.
Jun 11, 08:23 PM New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo split first-team reps QB Tom Brady during a three-day minicamp, and WR Nate Washington said that Garoppolo understands the offense.
Jun 11, 08:23 PM New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo split first-team reps QB Tom Brady during a three-day minicamp, and WR Nate Washington said that Garoppolo understands the offense.
Jun 11, 01:23 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) said he will be ready for training camp despite missing minicamp last week. Gronkowski said he and the coaching staff are on the same page and everything is going smoothly.

Fantasy Impact: This is good to hear. The Patriots won't ever tell what was ailing him but it seems minor.
Jun 10, 08:33 PM New England Patriots TE Michael Williams (knee) was Waived/Injured Friday, June 10.
Jun 09, 10:23 PM New England Patriots WR Nate Washington still has the speed to stretch the field, and he could fill New England's need for an outside deep threat.
Jun 09, 05:53 PM New England Patriots TE Michael Williams (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice Wednesday, June 8. No other ligaments were damaged, according to a source, but he will seek a second opinion to determine how to fix the ACL surgically.
Jun 09, 12:43 PM Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Michael Williams (knee) is seeking a second opinion, but he said 'it's not looking good,' after his initial diagnosis.
Jun 09, 09:23 AM New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has been a central figure during the first few open practices as he's catching everything thrown his way, and he's constantly getting open. During the first two days of minicamp, Hogan has caught nine passes from QB Tom Brady, most on the team, and another three from QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Jun 08, 10:53 PM New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has been so-so during the early days of minicamp. He has made some impressive catches, including a one-handed grab Wednesday, June 8. However, he also has had a few drops in various drills and double-catches.
Jun 08, 10:53 PM New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee) had a minor injury scare at one point in practice Wednesday, June 8, during minicamp. The veteran was attended to by the training staff, focusing on his left knee. After a brief absence he was able to return to drills and team work. Bennett worked with FB James Develin and fellow TEs A.J. Derby and Michael Williams on blocking drills.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
E.J. Biggers, CB; Donald Brown, RB; Chris Hogan, WR; Ramon Humber, OLB; Terrance Knighton, DT; Markus Kuhn, DT; Chris Long, DE; Shea McClellin, ILB; Nate Washington, WR; Martellus Bennett, TE; Jonathan Cooper, G. 

Losses:
Akiem Hicks, DE; Brandon LaFell, WR; Sealver Siliga, DT; Tavon Wilson, SS; Chandler Jones, LB. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 2  29 Cyrus JonesDB
 # 3  15 Joe ThuneyOL
 # 3  29 Jacoby BrissettQB
 # 3  34 Vincent ValentineDL
 # 4  14 Malcolm MitchellWR
 # 6  33 Kamu Grugier-HillDB
 # 6  39 Elandon RobertsLB
 # 6  46 Ted KarrasOL
 # 7  4 Devin LucienWR

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
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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