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2014 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

August 12, 2014
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2014 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)

HEAD COACH: BILL BELICHICK…163-61 @ NEW ENGLAND

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: JOSH McDANIELS

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: MATT PATRICIA

OFFENSE PPG: 27.8

RUSHING: 129.1

PASSING: 255.4

TOTAL OFFENSE: 384.5

DEFENSE PPG: 21.1

RUSHING: 134.1

PASSING: 239.0

TOTAL DEFENSE: 373.1

INTERCEPTIONS: 17

SACKS: 48.0

TURNOVER MARGIN: +9

New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)

The Patriots are improving, just not enough to overcome the new power in the AFC, the Denver Broncos. New England added some important pieces in the off-season including DB Darrelle Revis. Health is another concern after going without Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork in the playoffs.

QB Tom Brady is still going strong at 37 (opening day). Brady produces when he has the weapons around him. He threw for 4,343 yards and 25 TD’s in 2013. Brady had his lowest passer rating since 2003 (87.3) and his lowest TD total since 2006.

TE Rob Gronkowski (39 receptions, 592 yards) tore his ACL against Cleveland in week 14 and should be ready for the season opener against Miami. Gronkowski has become injury prone since 2012 with wrist, back and knee issues. When healthy, nobody is better at what he does. Also missing valuable parts of the season included RB Shane Vereen and WR Danny Amendola. WR Julian Edelman led the Patriots in receiving with 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and 6 TD’s. Amendola was a distant second with only 54 catches. Vereen came out of the backfield with 47 receptions and Aaron Dobson ended with 37.

The running game took a hit losing LeGarrette Blount to free-agency. Blount finished behind Ridley by just one yard (773-772) but averaged 5.0 yards per carry to Ridley’s 4.3. Blount led the Patriots in rushing nine times. The Patriots will have to count on Ridley and Vereen as the feature backs. If Ridley can overcome his fumble issues, New England believes he can be a 1,000 yard back. James White (Wisconsin) will give the Patriots more depth.

The offensive line should be solid with LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly and RT Sebastian Vollmer in place. The Patriots drafted C Bryan Stork (Florida State) in the 4th round, T Cameron Flemming in the 4th round (Stanford) and G Jon Halalpio (Florida) in the 6th round, to provide further depth.

New England’s defense should be better after acquiring Revis. Revis is 29 but is still one of the better corners in the NFL. The Patriots had to have Revis after losing Aqib Talib to Denver in free-agency. Revis will be able to take away the opposing teams’ top receiver. New England also signed former Seahawks CB Brandon Browner. Browner is a physical player who can also play safety. Browner will miss the first four games due to a drug suspension. Alfonzo Dennard will join Revis at corner with Duron Harmon and Devin McCourtey at safety.

The front seven will be solid if they can stay healthy. Mayo and Wilfork will return after various injuries. The concern surrounding Wilfork is his age (32) and his chances of returning to his old form. DE Will Smith was signed as a free-agent from New Orelans after missing 2013 with a torn ACL. New England drafted Florida DL Dominique Easley in the first round of the draft. Easley’s health is a concern after missing most of last season at Florida with a torn ACL. Rob Ninkovich will be penciled in at DE and Tom Kelly at DT. The linebackers will be led by Mayo with Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins as the starters and Chris White, Steve Beauharnais and Ja’Gared Davis as the back-ups.

Tom Brady and the Patriots are beginning to run out of time. New England hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 2004. Winning in the regular season has remained a consistent, but the playoffs have been a different story. Health is a huge factor with so many players coming back from serious injuries. If Brady can have time to throw, he can still tear apart opposing defenses. Ridley and Vereen will give the Patriots versatility with both able to do multiple jobs but all of this may not be enough to overcome the Broncos in the AFC.

New England Patriots (2013 - Pres)

2014 DRAFT:

 

Round 1

 

Pick 29 - Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

 

Patriots take Florida DT Dominique Easley with first round pick
What you need to know about Dominique Easley
Dominique Easley comes with injury concerns, but limitless potential
Pre-draft Profile: Florida DL Dominique Easley could transform a pass rush from the inside

 

Round 2

 

Pick 30 (No. 62 overall) - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

 

Patriots take QB Jimmy Garoppolo in 2nd round
What you need to know about Jimmy Garoppolo
Garoppolo hopes to one day become New England's Aaron Rodgers
Film review: Getting familiar with QB Jimmy Garoppolo
Belichick on QB succession: 'I don't think we could put together a team the way Indianapolis did it'
Belichick on drafting Jimmy Garoppolo: Better to find next quarterback 'early rather than late'

 

Round 3

 

Selection traded for 4th and 6th rounders

 

Round 4

 

Pick 5 (No. 105) - Bryan Stork, C, Florida State

 

New England Patriots draft center Bryan Stork in 4th round
What you need to know about Bryan Stork

 

Pick 30 (No. 130) - James White, RB, Wisconsin

 

Patriots select RB James White in 4th round with pick No. 130
What you need to know about the Patriots draft pick James White
White takes pride in his versatility, playing in a rotation and preventing fumbles: 'ball security; job security'

 

Pick 40 (No. 140) - Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

 

Patriots draft offensive tackle Cameron Fleming in 4th round
Day 3 Primer: More on Fleming, others

 

Round 5

 

No selections

 

Round 6

 

Pick 3 (No. 179) - Jon Halapio, G, Florida

 

Patriots draft guard Jon Halapio in 6th round
Day 3 Primer: More on Halapio, others

 

Pick 22 (No. 198) - Zach Moore, DE, Concordia (D-II)

 

Patriots draft DE Zach Moore in 6th round
Day 3 Primer: More on Moore, others

 

Pick 30 (No. 206) - Jemea Taylor, DB, Georgia Tech

 

Patriots draft DB Jemea Thomas in 6th round
Day 3 Primer: More on Taylor, others

 

Round 7

 

Pick 29 (No. 244) - Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan

 

Patriots draft Jeremy Gallon in 7th round
Day 3 Primer: More on Gallon, others

 

New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)

 

2014 SCHEDULE:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The National Football League announced the 2014 regular season schedule tonight and the New England Patriots and their fans learned that the team will host the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 4:25 p.m. and is scheduled to play in five nationally-televised games during the regular season, including two at Gillette Stadium. The first prime time home game will be October 5 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on NBC (8:30 p.m.) followed by a Thursday night game 11 days later on October 16 against the New York Jets on NFL Network/CBS (8:25 p.m.).

The 2014 season will mark the third straight year that the Patriots will play against the Jets on Thursday Night Football. Last season, the Patriots beat the Jets, 13-10, in a Week 2 matchup on NFL Network. In 2012, the Patriots traveled to face the Jets in a Thursday game on Thanksgiving night at MetLife Stadium and earned a 49-19 victory. Including this year’s game, four of the last five Thursday games for the Patriots have been against the New York Jets.

The Patriots are scheduled to be featured in four other prime time games, including three NBC Sunday Night Football contests and one ESPN Monday Night Football game. On Sept. 29, the Patriots will make their only appearance on ESPN’s Monday Night Football when they travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. It will be New England’s first trip to Kansas City since 2005. The two teams last met in a Monday night matchup on Nov. 21, 2011 at Gillette Stadium with the Patriots claiming a 34-3 victory.

The Patriots will play in back-to-back primetime games when they follow the Kansas City game by hosting the AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals on NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Oct. 5. The Patriots traveled to Cincinnati last season with a 4-0 record before suffering their first loss of the year in a 13-6 decision at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Patriots will travel to face the AFC South Champion Indianapolis Colts in a rematch of the AFC Divisional Playoff game in a Sunday night contest on Nov. 16 at 8:30 p.m. The Patriots rolled to a 43-22 victory over the Colts in the postseason last year to advance to their third-straight AFC Championship Game. The Patriots and Colts will face off for the 12th consecutive year. The two teams have met at least once in the regular season or postseason since 2003, playing 14 games (10 regular season game and four postseason games) over that span. It is the longest active streak for two non-division opponents and tied for the second-longest of all-time with Cincinnati-Seattle (12) from 1984-1995. The AFC East and AFC South are scheduled to play again in 2015 and the streak will tie Minnesota-San Francisco (1983-1995) as the longest ever. The Patriots will also travel to San Diego to face the Chargers on Sunday Night on Dec. 7.

In addition to the five scheduled nationally-televised games, the Patriots will be the featured game of the week twice. New England will host the Denver Broncos in a rematch of the 2013 AFC Championship Game on Nov. 2 at 4:25 p.m. on CBS and play at Green Bay on Nov. 30 on CBS at 4:25 p.m.

The Patriots will play each of the other AFC East rivals twice and will play one game against each of the AFC West and NFC North teams. As the AFC East Champions, the Patriots will play the 2013 division winners of the AFC North (Cincinnati) and the AFC South (Indianapolis).


2014 ROSTER:

 

Active

 

#NamePos.Ht.Wt.AgeExp.College
48 Aiken, Danny LS 6-4 255 25 4 Virginia
6 Allen, Ryan P 6-2 215 24 2 Louisiana Tech
80 Amendola, Danny WR 5-11 195 28 6 Texas Tech
55 Anderson, James OLB 6-2 235 30 9 Virginia Tech
25 Arrington, Kyle CB 5-10 190 28 6 Hofstra
64 Barker, Chris OL 6-2 310 24 2 Nevada
58 Beauharnais, Steve LB 6-2 230 24 2 Rutgers
92 Bequette, Jake DE 6-5 265 25 3 Arkansas
38 Bolden, Brandon RB 5-11 220 24 3 Mississippi
82 Boyce, Josh WR 5-11 205 23 2 Texas Christian
12 Brady, Tom QB 6-4 225 37 15 Michigan
39 Browner, Brandon CB 6-4 221 30 5 Oregon State
99 Buchanan, Michael DL 6-6 255 23 2 Illinois
29b Butler, Malcolm CB 5-11 190 24 R West Alabama
61 Cannon, Marcus OL 6-5 335 26 4 Texas Christian
68 Cave, Braxston OL 6-3 305 25 1 Notre Dame
23 Chung, Patrick S 5-11 210 26 6 Oregon
91 Collins, Jamie LB 6-3 250 24 2 Southern Mississippi
63 Connolly, Dan OL 6-4 305 31 9 Southeast Missouri State
53b Davis, Ja'Gared LB 6-0 245 23 1 Southern Methodist
36b Davis, Kanorris S 5-10 207 24 1 Troy
37 Dennard, Alfonzo CB 5-10 200 24 3 Nebraska
46 Develin, James RB 6-3 255 26 2 Brown
65 Devey, Jordan T 6-6 317 26 1 Memphis
17 Dobson, Aaron WR 6-3 200 22 2 Marshall
74 Easley, Dominique DL 6-2 290 22 R Florida
43 Ebner, Nate DB 6-0 210 25 3 Ohio State
11 Edelman, Julian WR 5-10 198 28 6 Kent State
29w Finch, Roy RB 5-7 180 22 R Oklahoma
71w Fleming, Cameron OL 6-6 325 21 R Stanford
44 Fleming, Darius LB 6-2 255 25 2 Notre Dame
98 Forston, Marcus DL 6-3 305 24 2 Miami
31w Gaffney, Tyler RB 6-0 220 23 R Stanford
83 Gallon, Jeremy WR 5-8 185 24 R Michigan
10 Garoppolo, Jimmy QB 6-2 225 22 R Eastern Illinois
31 Gary, Shamiel DB 6-0 205 24 R Oklahoma State
45b Gordon, Cameron LB 6-3 240 23 R Michigan
3 Gostkowski, Stephen K 6-1 215 30 9 Memphis
35w Gray, Jonas RB 5-10 225 24 1 Notre Dame
41 Green, Justin DB 5-11 195 23 1 Illinois
87 Gronkowski, Rob TE 6-6 265 25 5 Arizona
69 Halapio, Jon G 6-3 320 23 R Florida
30 Harmon, Duron DB 6-1 205 23 2 Rutgers
88 Hartsock, Ben TE 6-4 265 34 11 Ohio State
42 Hawkins, Travis DB 5-10 195 23 R Delaware
54 Hightower, Dont'a LB 6-3 270 24 3 Alabama
47 Hoomanawanui, Michael TE 6-4 260 26 5 Illinois
13 Johnson, Derrick WR 5-11 190 23 R Maine
95 Jones, Chandler DE 6-5 265 24 3 Syracuse
94 Jones, Chris DT 6-1 309 24 2 Bowling Green State
93 Kelly, Tommy DL 6-6 310 33 11 Mississippi State
67 Kline, Josh OL 6-3 295 24 2 Kent State
19 LaFell, Brandon WR 6-2 210 27 5 LSU
15 Mallett, Ryan QB 6-6 245 26 4 Arkansas
  Maneri, Steve TE 6-7 280 26 3 Temple
70 Mankins, Logan G 6-4 308 32 10 Fresno State
64b Manumaleuna, Eathyn DL 6-2 305 25 R Brigham Young
72w Martin, Chris OL 6-5 303 24 R Central Florida
51 Mayo, Jerod LB 6-1 250 28 7 Tennessee
32 McCourty, Devin DB 5-10 195 26 5 Rutgers
48b McCuller, Taylor LB 6-2 240 24 R West Texas A&M
44w Miller, Terrence TE 6-4 234   R Arizona
71b Moore, Zach DL 6-6 275 23 R Concordia (St. Paul, Minn)
52 Morris, James LB 6-2 240 22 R Iowa
50 Ninkovich, Rob DE 6-2 260 30 9 Purdue
53w Ott, Tyler LS 6-3 255 22 R Harvard
24 Revis, Darrelle CB 5-11 198 29 8 Pittsburgh
22 Ridley, Stevan RB 5-11 220 25 4 LSU
26 Ryan, Logan CB 5-11 195 23 2 Rutgers
96 Siliga, Sealver DT 6-2 325 24 3 Utah
49 Skinner, Deontae LB 6-2 250 23 R Mississippi State
18 Slater, Matthew WR 6-0 210 28 7 UCLA
90 Smith, Will DE 6-3 282 33 11 Ohio State
77 Solder, Nate T 6-8 320 26 4 Colorado
66 Stork, Bryan OL 6-4 310 23 R Florida State
35b Swanson, Daxton DB 5-11 191 23 1 Sam Houston State
21 Thomas, Jemea DB 5-10 195 24 R Georgia Tech
85 Thompkins, Kenbrell WR 6-1 195 26 2 Cincinnati
68b Tuipulotu, L.T. DT 6-1 305 24 R Utah
84 Tyms, Brian WR 6-3 204 25 1 Florida A&M
81 Van Hooser, Wilson WR 6-0 195 23 R Troy
72 Vellano, Joe DL 6-2 300 25 2 Maryland
34 Vereen, Shane RB 5-10 205 25 4 California
76 Vollmer, Sebastian T 6-8 320 30 6 Houston
62 Wendell, Ryan OL 6-2 300 28 6 Fresno State
59 White, Chris LB 6-3 238 25 4 Mississippi State
28 White, James RB 5-10 205 22 R Wisconsin
75 Wilfork, Vince DL 6-2 325 32 11 Miami (Fla.)
45w Williams, D.J. TE 6-2 245 25 4 Arkansas
27 Wilson, Tavon DB 6-0 215 24 3 Illinois


 


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