New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th129.1 (10th)255.4 (8th)
Defense22nd134.1 (25th)239.0 (18th)
2014 Draft
Rnd#PlayerPos.School
129Dominique EasleyDTFLA
262Jimmy GaroppoloQBEIL
4105Bryan StorkCFSU
4130James C. WhiteRBWISC
4140Cameron FlemingOTSTNFRD
6179Jon HalapioOGFLA
6198Zach MooreDECONSP
6206Jemea ThomasCBGATECH
7244Jeremy GallonWRMICH

Schedule

Sun Sep 8
W 23 - 21at BUF
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Thu Sep 12
W 13 - 10NYJ
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Sun Sep 22
W 23 - 3TB
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Sun Sep 29
W 30 - 23at ATL
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Sun Oct 6
L 13 - 6at CIN
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Sun Oct 13
W 30 - 27NO
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Sun Oct 20
L 30 - 27at NYJ
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Sun Oct 27
W 27 - 17MIA
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Sun Nov 3
W 55 - 31PIT
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Mon Nov 18
L 24 - 20at CAR
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Sun Nov 24
W 34 - 31DEN
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Sun Dec 1
W 34 - 31at HOU
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Sun Dec 8
W 27 - 26CLE
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Sun Dec 15
L 24 - 20at MIA
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Sun Dec 22
W 41 - 7at BAL
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Sun Dec 29
W 34 - 20BUF
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Sat Jan 11
W 43 - 22IND
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Sun Jan 19
L 26 - 16at DEN
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Standings

AFC
South
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Indianapolis9-3-011-5-0
Tennessee6-6-07-9-0
Jacksonville4-8-04-12-0
Houston2-10-02-14-0
AFC
North
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Cincinnati8-4-011-5-0
Pittsburgh6-6-08-8-0
Baltimore6-6-08-8-0
Cleveland3-9-04-12-0
AFC
West
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Denver9-3-013-3-0
Kansas City7-5-011-5-0
San Diego6-6-09-7-0
Oakland4-8-04-12-0
AFC
East
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
New England9-3-012-4-0
New York5-7-08-8-0
Miami7-5-08-8-0
Buffalo5-7-06-10-0
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Four-way battle to back up Gronk
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Four players are vying to back up Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose surgically repaired knee might not be 100 percent when the season opens, reports the Boston Globe. The paper projects Michael Hoomanawanui to beat out D.J. Williams, Asa Watson and Justin Jones for the No. 2 job.

A five-year vet, Hoomanawanui is a 6-4, 260-pounder who "runs good routes over the middle but does not have the long speed to threaten a defense vertically down the seam," the paper said. He has caught 20 of 26 targets over the past two seasons, with one drop.

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Brandon Bolden in danger of getting cut
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Patriots running back Brandon Bolden is not projected to make the team, according to the Boston Globe. Bolden ran for 271 yards and three touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 152 yards last year.

But he's battled injuries and he lacks "top-end long speed to make big plays," the paper said.

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James White 'a threat for touches in every phase'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Patriots rookie running back James White could end up taking away touches from Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, reports the Boston Globe. White "has quick burst and patience to wait for blocks to develop, a combination that often leads to positive yards," the paper said, noting White fumbled only twice in college.

A sixth-round pick out of Wisconsin, White "also has soft hands as a receiver and sound blocking technique in pass protection, making him a threat for touches in every phase of the game."

The paper projects White as the No. 3 back, ahead of Roy Finch and James Develin.

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Aaron Dobson's foot 'getting better every day'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson, who had foot surgery in March, sounds confident he'll be available during training camp, reports the Boston Herald. "It’s doing better, man," he said. "It’s getting better every day. Every week it’s getting better, so we’re just going to see where it’s at by the time camp starts."

Dobson caught 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He's tried to stay mentally sharp despite missing offseason workouts.

"You’ve got to keep yourself focused on what your job is," he said. "I know I can’t go out there and physically do it, but mentally you’ve got to be there. That’s the biggest part is just being there mentally because it’s easy for yourself to slip. So you’ve just got to stay on top of yourself and be responsible, really, and do your job."

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Optimism about Aaron Dobson's camp availability
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

There is optimism that Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will be ready for training camp, reports MassLive.com. Dobson missed spring workouts after undergoing foot surgery in March.

In 12 regular-season games, Dobson caught 37 passes for 519 yards with four touchdowns. The website said Dobson "is expected to play a major role in the passing game during his second season."

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