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
129Dominique EasleyDTFLA
262Jimmy GaroppoloQBEIL
4105Bryan StorkCFSU
4130James C. WhiteRBWISC
4140Cameron FlemingOTSTNFRD
6179Jon HalapioOGFLA
6198Zach MooreDECONSP
6206Jemea ThomasCBGATECH
7244Jeremy GallonWRMICH


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Rob Gronkowski 'doesn't look' like he had a torn ACL
by Larry Hartstein |

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL," reports the Boston Globe. He's "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from [Tom] Brady."

It's another indication Gronk is on track to be ready for the season opener.

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Bill Belichick calls James White a 'three-down back'
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

If you weren't already convinced by assistant coaches, onlookers and analysts that James White was a good running back, perhaps Patriots coach Bill Belichick might convince you. Belichick said earlier this week that White was more than just a third down back -- he's a contender to work on rushing downs too. 

"It's been good working with James White. He's a very interesting and versatile player," Belichick was quoted as saying by ESPN while on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside. Blitz pickup -- we have a pretty extensive offense for him to learn, but he's working hard at it. We'll just let him go and see how it goes, but I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs, in both the running game and the passing game."

White is fighting to get some playing time alongside passing downs running back Shane Vereen and rushing downs running back Stevan Ridley. White had 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns at Wisconsin last season. 

It is worth noting that Belichick typically doesn't trust rookie running backs. In fact, not once in Belichick's 19 years as a head coach has a rookie led his team in rushing. The closest came in 2006 when Laurence Maroney totaled 745 rush yards on 175 carries and 194 yards on 22 catches with seven total touchdowns -- second to Corey Dillon. 

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Aaron Dobson has permanent screw in his foot
by Larry Hartstein |

When Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson had surgery March 10 to repair a stress fracture, doctors inserted a permanent screw "to aid the healing process, which speaks to the magnitude of the procedure," reports the Boston Herald.

Dobson didn't even start running until July. He's been doing conditioning work on the side at practice, "but his change-of-direction work hasn't been showcased much out in the open," the paper said.

The Patriots' medical staff wants to make sure Dobson can "handle the rigors of the job" before allowing him to practice, the report said.

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Pats release Josh Hull
by Larry Hartstein |

The Patriots released linebacker Josh Hull, who was signed by the team in April. Hull excels on special teams and should find a job soon.

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Patriots foil Panthers' plan, claim Tyler Gaffney
by Larry Hartstein |

The Patriots claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers from the Panthers after Carolina "tried to sneak him through waivers and into IR," reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gaffney tore his lateral meniscus Friday and is out for the season.

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