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

Nov 24, 12:33 PM New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had a team-high 62 snaps in the team's Week 12 win over the Detroit Lions, but RB LeGarrette Blount had 17 snaps and two touchdowns in his team debut, while RB Brandon Bolden had just two snaps.
Nov 24, 12:33 PM New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had a team-high 62 snaps in the team's Week 12 win over the Detroit Lions, but RB LeGarrette Blount had 17 snaps and two touchdowns in his team debut, while RB Brandon Bolden had just two snaps.

Fantasy Impact: Vereen seems the most likely back to get most of the work going forward for the Patriots.
Nov 24, 12:33 PM New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had a team-high 62 snaps in the team's Week 12 win over the Detroit Lions, but RB LeGarrette Blount had 17 snaps and two touchdowns in his team debut, while RB Brandon Bolden had just two snaps.
Nov 23, 06:52 PM New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount carried 12 times for a team-high 78 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions after re-signing with the team this week.

Fantasy Impact: Blount is going to be up and down in this offense but is always going to be capable of the big game. You just never know when that is going to come.
Nov 23, 06:52 PM New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray did not play in the Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions after he did not report to the team's facility Friday, Nov. 21. He missed practice because he overslept. After the game, head coach Bill Belichick said only: 'We do what we think is best. That's what we did today.'

Fantasy Impact: Gray is going to be a risk going forward. You just never know what the Patriots are going to do at running back from week to week and he is clearly in the dog house right now.
Nov 23, 06:52 PM New England Patriots TE Tim Wright played a season-high 60 snaps in Week 12 against the Detroit Lions, which shattered his previous best of 21 snaps, which he hit twice. He finished with five receptions for 36 yards and two touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: If he keeps getting this much work, Wright will be a much more dependable option for fantasy teams.
Nov 23, 03:52 PM New England Patriots CB Kyle Arrington (head) suffered a head injury in Week 12 and is considered questionable to return.
Nov 23, 09:22 AM New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray will play Sunday, Nov. 23, after being late to practice Friday, Nov. 21. He'll split carries with RB LeGarrette Blount in Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: Gray is still going to be a risk as he will get less work, so consider him a bit of a risk for fantasy teams.
Nov 23, 09:22 AM New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray will play Sunday, Nov. 23, after being late to practice Friday, Nov. 21. He'll split carries with RB LeGarrette Blount in Week 12.
Nov 21, 05:12 PM New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray (non-injury) is listed as probable for Week 12.
Nov 21, 05:12 PM New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 12.
Nov 21, 05:12 PM New England Patriots OT Cameron Fleming (ankle, finger) and DE Chandler Jones (hip) have been ruled out for Week 12, while OT Marcus Cannon (hip), DT Dominique Easley (knee) and FS Nate Ebner (finger) are listed as questionable. Cannon and Ebner were limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, while Fleming, Jones and Easley did not practice.
Nov 21, 05:12 PM New England Patriots OT Cameron Fleming (ankle, finger) and DE Chandler Jones (hip) have been ruled out for Week 12, while OT Marcus Cannon (hip), DT Dominique Easley (knee) and FS Nate Ebner (finger) are listed as questionable. Cannon and Ebner were limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, while Fleming, Jones and Easley did not practice.
Nov 21, 05:12 PM New England Patriots OT Cameron Fleming (ankle, finger) and DE Chandler Jones (hip) have been ruled out for Week 12, while OT Marcus Cannon (hip), DT Dominique Easley (knee) and FS Nate Ebner (finger) are listed as questionable. Cannon and Ebner were limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, while Fleming, Jones and Easley did not practice.
Nov 21, 05:12 PM New England Patriots OT Cameron Fleming (ankle, finger) and DE Chandler Jones (hip) have been ruled out for Week 12, while OT Marcus Cannon (hip), DT Dominique Easley (knee) and FS Nate Ebner (finger) are listed as questionable. Cannon and Ebner were limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, while Fleming, Jones and Easley did not practice.
Nov 21, 05:12 PM New England Patriots OT Cameron Fleming (ankle, finger) and DE Chandler Jones (hip) have been ruled out for Week 12, while OT Marcus Cannon (hip), DT Dominique Easley (knee) and FS Nate Ebner (finger) are listed as questionable. Cannon and Ebner were limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, while Fleming, Jones and Easley did not practice.

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
 # 7  29 Jeremy GallonWR
 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 8:15PM     Indianapolis
20     Jan 18 3:00PM     at Denver
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