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

Jul 29, 11:33 AM New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (knee) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list as he works his way back from an Oct. 25, 2013, anterior cruciate ligament tear. Easley practiced the final day of June minicamp but was since placed on NFI. According to sources, he did not suffer a setback and still hopes to return for Week 1. Easley is still rehabbing the injury to regain full strength.
Jul 29, 11:23 AM New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) underwent surgery March 10 to have a screw permanently implanted into his injured left foot. Dobson had a stress fracture fixed, and the initial prognosis of two to three months is now an overly optimistic timetable. He began running in July but has not showcased any change-of-direction work in practice.

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't bode well for his season. He could be slowed early in the year as he tries to get back to 100 percent.
Jul 29, 10:33 AM New England Patriots TE Michael Hoomanawanui (undisclosed) left practice due to an undisclosed reason Tuesday, July 29.
Jul 28, 09:43 PM New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola has spent the offseason working with trainer Alex Guerrero. Guerrero is also QB Tom Brady's trainer, and he helped WR Julian Edelman prior to last season.

Fantasy Impact: This could be good news for Amendola, who still has a shot to play a big role with the Patriots.
Jul 28, 05:42 PM The New England Patriots released LB Josh Hull Monday, July 28.
Jul 28, 05:02 PM The New England Patriots claimed RB Tyler Gaffney (Panthers) on waivers Monday, July 28.
Jul 28, 02:33 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) ran 11-on-11 drills at half-speed in practice Sunday, July 27.
Jul 27, 09:42 PM New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman said he would like to be a punt returner for the team this upcoming season in addition to having a role on offense. 'That's a part of the game [punt return] that gave me an opportunity to make this team,' Edelman said. 'I love returning punts. I want to do that and if they ask me to do that, I'm going to do it.'
Jul 27, 10:12 AM The New England Patriots signed WR Brian Tyms (Browns) Sunday, July 27. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Jul 26, 10:02 PM New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins (undisclosed) was not able to finish practice Saturday, July 26, after he slid on the ground during the later portions of practice. The training staff tried to stretch him out after the injury. It does not appear to be a serious injury.
Jul 26, 10:02 PM New England Patriots DT Tommy Kelly (knee) participated in some of the team's walkthrough Saturday, July 26, and has been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Jul 26, 10:02 PM New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork (Achilles') said his surgically repaired Achilles' tendon responded well during one-on-one rush drills during practice Saturday, July 26.
Jul 26, 09:02 PM Carolina Panthers RB Tyler Gaffney (knee) will miss the entire 2014 season because of a torn lateral meniscus in his knee.
Jul 25, 11:22 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he will not change the way he plays even though he has dealt with forearm and knee injuries in the past few years.
Jul 25, 07:02 PM New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has struggled mightily through two days of training camp practices. The rookie has thrown three interceptions and fumbled once.
Jul 25, 07:02 PM New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins has stood out through two days of training camp practices, catching several diving balls along the way.

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
 # 6  30 Jemea ThomasDB
 # 7  29 Jeremy GallonWR
 Undrafted Justin JonesTE
 Undrafted Stephen HoustonRB

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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