2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
New England Patriots
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

New England has a few more question marks this year but always seem to be able to reload and put a great team on the field. We don't expect much different this year. Replacing Wes Welker is the big concern but the Patriots brought in a host of options at receiver to help alleviate that load. The health of Gronkowski is the other big concern for the Patriots. They need him healthy if they hope to have their offense reach its full potential. Either way, the Patriots have a lot of talent and should be in the mix for a Super Bowl run. Expect another good season.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Shane Vereen, RB.. With Danny Woodhead gone, Vereen is expected to take over the third-down duties for the Patriots. He has some reception potential in this role. Plus, he'll see an increase in carries as the likely top backup to Stevan Ridley. He won't be an every-week starter, but Vereen could help as a flex play or a spot starter as a No. 2 back. He has some total yardage potential in this explosive offense.

FANTASY DUD

Rob Gronkowski, TE. He has as much potential as any tight end in the game. He can be a fantasy force when all is clicking. But he has been so banged up the last year or so that you have to wonder how he'll respond to this season. Plus, it isn't a sure thing he'll be ready for day one. Gronkowski is carrying around more baggage than any of the other elite tight ends. Is he worth the risk this year? We might let someone else use a high pick on him.

Team Notes

Apr 20, 09:02 PM The New England Patriots are expected to pick up the fifth-year option in OT Nate Solder's contract before the May 3 deadline.
Apr 20, 08:52 PM New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to report for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 21.
Apr 17, 08:42 PM New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins said OT Sebastian Vollmer (leg) has looked good this offseason while he recovers from the broken leg he suffered during the 2013 season.
Apr 15, 10:57 AM New England Patriots SS Duron Harmon is the leading candidate to take over as the Patriots' top strong safety now that Steve Gregory has been released.
Apr 11, 08:42 PM New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) met with Dr. James Andrews this week to have his to have his surgically repaired knee examined. Gronkowski was told that his recovery is right on schedule. Gronkowski will be able to start jogging in the near future.
Apr 10, 11:52 PM The Washington Redskins recently worked out free-agent WR Austin Collie (Patriots).
Apr 07, 02:32 AM The New England Patriots have restructured their salary cap to allow for QB Tom Brady's successor to be brought aboard. The team will likely add a third quarterback to its roster as insurance in case QB Ryan Mallett leaves after this season.
Apr 04, 03:02 PM New England Patriots SS Adrian Wilson was released Friday, April 4.
Apr 04, 02:52 PM New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard was released from a detention center Friday, April 4. Dennard served 35 of 60 days for a violation of his probation.
Apr 03, 01:32 PM The New England Patriots will re-sign SS Patrick Chung (Eagles). Terms of the contract have not been disclosed.
Mar 31, 05:32 PM The New England Patriots could consider moving WR Mark Harrison to tight end this offseason.
Mar 29, 02:32 AM Updating previous items, New England Patriots DL Vince Wilfork's three-year contract includes $2.5 million in signing bonus and base salary money for 2014, a $300,000 weight bonus, a $200,000 workout bonus, a $500,000 bonus for spending one game on the 53-man roster, up to $1.4 million in per-game roster bonuses, and additional incentives of about $3 million. The team should create at least $3 million in 2014 cap savings with the move.
Mar 28, 11:22 PM The New England Patriots could consider re-signing free-agent WR Austin Collie, TE Matthew Mulligan, OT Will Svitek and DE Andre Carter at some point this offseason.
Mar 28, 07:32 PM New England Patriots RBs Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden are entering the final years of their contracts.
Mar 28, 01:12 PM The New England Patriots are still in play to re-sign WR Austin Collie.
Mar 28, 10:22 AM Updating previous reports, New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork has about $3 million of the possible $8 million he can earn in 2014 tied to playing-time incentives.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
QB Mike Kafka, RB Leon Washington, WR Danny Amendola, WR Lavelle Hawkins, WR Michael Jenkins, WR Donald Jones, OT Will Svitek, DL Marcus Benard, DL Tommy Kelly, SS Adrian Wilson. 

Losses:
RB Danny Woodhead, WR Brandon Lloyd, WR Wes Welker, DL Kyle Love, CB Ross Ventrone, SS Patrick Chung. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 2  20 Jamie CollinsLB
 # 2  27 Aaron DobsonWR
 # 3  21 Logan RyanDB
 # 3  29 Duron HarmonDB
 # 4  5 Josh BoyceWR
 # 6  30 Chris JonesDL
 # 7  20 Michael BuchananDL
 # 7  29 Steve BeauharnaisLB
 Undrafted Sam McGuffieWR
 Undrafted Joe VellanoDL
 Undrafted T.J. MoeWR
 Undrafted Kenbrell ThompkinsWR
 Undrafted Mark HarrisonWR

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Buffalo
2     Sep 11 8:25PM     New York Jets
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
4     Sep 28 8:30PM     at Atlanta
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
6     Oct 12 4:25PM     New Orleans
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at New York Jets
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     Miami
9     Nov 2 4:25PM     Pittsburgh
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 17 8:40PM     at Carolina
12     Nov 23 8:30PM     Denver
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Houston
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Cleveland
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Miami
16     Dec 21 4:25PM     at Baltimore
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     Buffalo
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 10 8:15PM     Indianapolis
20     Jan 18 3:00PM     at Denver
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