New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th117.0 (7th)269.2 (4th)
Defense8th88.6 (3rd)237.9 (12th)

Schedule

8:30 pm EDT
Thu Sep 7
KC
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 17
at NO
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 24
HOU
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 1
CAR
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 5
at TB
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 15
at NYJ
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Oct 22
ATL
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 29
LAC
8:30 pm EST
Sun Nov 12
at DEN
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 19
at OAK
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 26
MIA
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 3
at BUF
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 11
at MIA
4:25 pm EST
Sun Dec 17
at PIT
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 24
BUF
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 31
NYJ

Standings

AFC
East
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New England14-2-05-1-0
Miami10-6-04-2-0
Buffalo7-9-01-5-0
New York5-11-02-4-0
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Patriots' Jonathan Freeny: Full participant in offseason program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeny (shoulder) has been a full participant in offseason practices, Rich Garven of The Providence Journal reports.

Freeny landed on injured reserve last October with an unspecified shoulder injury. Now that he's back on the field without any restrictions, look for the sixth-year Rutgers product to compete with Trevor Bates, Elandon Roberts and Harvey Langi for a depth role at linebacker.

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Patriots' Chris Hogan: Works with starters during offseason program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hogan mostly ran with the first-team offense during June minicamp, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

Although the offseason addition of Brandin Cooks pushed him down the depth chart, Hogan still figures to have a regular spot on the outside when the Patriots go three-wide, which has been the team's base alignment in recent years. However, Malcolm Mitchell and No. 2 tight end Dwayne Allen could cut into Hogan's snap count, and regular targets will be hard to come by in a passing attack featuring Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Despite turning in a highly efficient 2016 season (11.9 yards per target) and then leading the team in receiving yards (332) during the playoffs, Hogan probably won't see a major uptick from last year's 57 regular-season targets.

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Patriots' Shea McClellin: Playing time may take a hit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McClellin could see his playing time take a hit this season due to the addition of David Harris, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

McClellin played 34.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season, and tallied 41 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery in the process. The Jets surprisingly cut Harris in an economic-based move, but he figures to get plenty of snaps for the Patriots. It remains to be seen how his presence will cut into McClellin's snaps, but he will presumably see less time on the field.

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Patriots' Brandin Cooks: Picking up the system well
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Since being acquired by the Patriots, Cooks' approach has caught the eye of coach Bill Belichick, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "Brandin's worked hard. Definitely, he has some skill. A transition for him [from New Orleans]; he's working hard to make it," Belichick noted.

Cooks' speed and pass-catching upside are undeniable, but it's still a good sign to see him picking up the complex New England offense well thus far. Given that the team forked over a first-round pick in the deal that landed the wideout, we expect that the Pats have big plans for the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cooks will contend with fellow wideout Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski, among others, for targets, but his field-stretching ability adds an explosive element that the team's passing attack has largely lacked since the departure of Randy Moss.

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Patriots' Malcolm Mitchell: Offseason work managed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Patriots kept Mitchell (undisclosed) on the sidelines during spring practices, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

It's unclear what, if anything, was ailing the second-year receiver, with the report suggesting that Mitchell's injury history (which includes knee surgeries) played a part in the team's management of his offseason workload. We'll revisit his status once training camp opens up, but there's nothing to suggest that Mitchell won't be ready to go at that time. From a fantasy perspective, his upside in 2017 is hampered by the presence of fellow wideouts Julian Edelman and Brandin Cooks, who both figure to gobble up plenty of targets in the Patriots' passing offense. Mitchell thus figures to compete with Chris Hogan for the team's WR3 snaps, with Danny Amendola and Andrew Hawkins in reserve.

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