Football Gameplan’s 2014 NFL Season Preview - New England Patriots

Good preview from Football Gameplan. My own position-by-position training camp preview will start dropping next week.

Football is back THIS MONTH!

While it’s still early and there’s time for first-year quarterbacks to emerge, at this point, there’s a very good chance the Patriots won’t face a single rookie signal-caller the entire season.

Highlights of some of the best plays from 2013!

Fun read and hopefully there will be plenty more stuff like this to get us through the next month. I actually agree pretty much with these rankings, although I think you could re-classify some of the seasons.

The Turds: 2002, 2005, 2009: For whatever reason, these teams just fell flat. None were more frustrating than the 2009 team that really just didn’t have much heart. All three seasons were somewhat transition years as the teams the following year were much different looking. 2005’s team just couldn’t get the bounces in Denver, injuries to Rodney Harrison and Matt Light, as well as Bruschi’s stroke that caused him to miss much of season did them in early.

The Overcome Adversity: 2001, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 - these teams always have a special place in my heart. 2013 might’ve been my favorite non-Super Bowl season of all time. These teams might not’ve been the most talented but they overcome the injuries and departures that hit them hard. 2001 is just an amazing season.

The Best Teams (SB or not): 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011- these teams were lucky with injuries for the most part and were just firing on all cylinders for most of their seasons. The first two ended with Super Bowls, ‘07 and ‘11 came up one stopped drive short and 2010 was the perfect storm where the Jets just thoroughly beat the Pats after getting toasted 45-3 a month before.

Patriots Post-OTA Depth Chart Reset and 53-Man Projection

There is an open roster spot as of this posting, with some likely cuts coming in the next couple weeks it’s good to have the ability to add someone. I’d still love another tight end or defensive end.

I’ve shifted the starting three linebackers with Mayo in the middle, keeping Hightower and Collins on the outside. The more I think about it, the more this makes sense. It’s a better use of the personnel especially against the pass. We’ll see how it holds up against runs up the gut.

Lot of tough decisions to make right now on the 53-man roster, especially on the offensive line where I kept nine. Also not sure how the linebackers will play out, they need some core special teamers there. Running backs are an interesting spot too, I expect we’ll start talking about Stephen Houston more once the pads come on and less Roy Finch. Of course injuries will make things a little easier to project unfortunately.

QB (3) Brady, Mallett, Garoppolo
RB (4) Ridley, Vereen, Bolden, White, 
WR (7) Edelman, Dobson, Amendola, LaFell, Thompkins, Boyce, Slater
TE (3) Gronkowski, Hoomanawanui, Develin 
C (2) Wendell, Stork
G (3) Mankins, Halapio, Kline
T (4) Solder, Vollmer, Cannon, Fleming
DE (4) Jones, Ninkovich, Smith, Buchanan
DT (5) Wilfork, Kelly, Easley, Siliga, Jones
ILB(2) Mayo, Beauharnais
OLB(4) Hightower, Collins, Anderson, White
CB (4) Revis, Dennard, Ryan, Arrington
SS (3) Harmon, Chung, Ebner
FS (2) McCourty, Thomas
ST (3) Gostkowski, Allen, Aiken

Total players: 53
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Tweets of note from Wednesday’s Patriots Minicamp Practice

Headlines today are that Darrelle Revis didn’t finish the session and Josh Boyce pulled up with what’s probably a hamstring tweak and didn’t finish either. Otherwise, more of the same with the rookies showing some promise, especially Garoppolo, who is benefiting from Ryan Mallett’s absence. In the long term this Mallett injury could really be beneficial to the Pats as Garoppolo is immediately getting a ton of work.

Here are the tweets of note…

Tweets of Note from Tuesday’s Patriots Minicamp Practice

Many themes of the offseason are continuing but the headline has to be the progress of Wilfork and Kelly. Doesn’t mean they won’t still end up on PUP, but their presence in 11-on-11 work can’t be taken as anything but a positive.

Getting a late start here at Pats blog central, but it’s a good week and the last one with a glimpse of the team until training camp opens next month. Prepare yourselves for The Void!!

Good primer from Reiss on storylines to watch. More than anything it’s just about who’s out there because we won’t get much schematic or depth chart insight. The injured guys are the ones to watch and it should gives us an idea of who are likely to land on PUP to start camp.