New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th129.1 (10th)255.4 (8th)
Defense22nd134.1 (25th)239.0 (18th)
Rob Gronkowski not yet 100 percent
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Friday he plans to make a fearless return to the field this season and put a string of injuries behind him, reports WEEI in Boston. Gronkowski is coming back from a torn ACL in 2013.

As for being at full strength, Gronkowski cautioned that there is still plenty of work remaining before that hurdle is cleared.

"If it were 100 percent, I'd be doing every single thing so no, I'm not 100 percent right now, obviously not," Gronkowski said. "I'm working my way to get to that and I'm working every single day to get to that and improving every single day. I'm preparing myself to my max ability right now for the first regular game. I can't really say anything from here on out because it's far away. Every single day, I'm just giving it everything I've got in the rehab room and out here on the field. I'm preparing myself and listening to my trainers, what they have for me so that I'm ready to go when it comes down to it. Hopefully, I am.

"No timetable at all. Just keep improving every single day and we'll see what the trainers want me to do. They've been through plenty of knee injuries throughout their years here."

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Brandon Bolden off to bad start in camp
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Boston Herald has noticed that Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has had two bad practices to begin training camp. He's fumbled twice and had a bad drop. Fumbles were a part of Bolden's rookie training camp as well. 

It's believed Bolden is in the running for the backup running downs job behind Stevan Ridley in camp, but if he keeps fumbling he could be released. 

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Belichick impressed with Kenbrell Thompkins
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Patriots coach Bill Belichick likes what he sees from second-year receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.

"Hard working kid; one of our hardest workers," Belichick told the media Friday. "He really tries hard to do everything right. Very attentive, very coachable and he's very hard working."

Thompkins had a solid first day of training camp Thursday when he "caught nearly everything thrown his way." He has the chance to be a starter this year with Aaron Dobson (foot) out for the start of camp.

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Patriots already liking rookie James White
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears didn't hold back on talking about their rookie rusher James White

"I like his running style," Fears said per the Boston Herald. "He runs like a big guy for a little guy. He plays big. He's a great person. He works hard. He works hard off the field, to study, to learn, to do the things we need him to do. We'll see what he's like when the pads come on. Right now, he's doing everything right. It's hard not to be in love with him."

Originally assumed to be the backup for Shane Vereen, White could also handle backup duty behind Stevan Ridley if needed. White had 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns at Wisconsin last season. 

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Vince Wilfork practicing without limitations
by Larry Hartstein |

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who's coming back from a ruptured Achilles, looked good during the team's first practice and said he's working without restrictions.

"If I had limitations, I wouldn’t be practicing," Wilfork told the Boston Herald. "My job is to help my teammates the best way I can, whatever that may be. The only way for me to help my teammates is to be on the field and be healthy. Right now, I’m on the field and I’m healthy. If anything happens in the future, I can’t predict that. But right now my job is to help this team the best way I can and get better each day and that’s what I’m going to do."

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