Regrouping after one week of Patriots training camp

We’re one week into training camp for the New England Patriots, and just one week away from their first preseason game, so it’s time to take a look at what we’ve learned so far about this edition of the Pats.

It’s hard not to be excited, especially on the defensive side of the ball, where the Pats are as healthy as we could’ve hoped headed into camp. Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Will Smith, all coming off major injuries, appear to be on track for the start of the season.

On the back end, the secondary has been as expected with Revis and Browner leading the way. Browner’s attitude and Revis’ high level of play have already seemed to bring a new swagger to the Pats defense that has been missing for a long time.

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Current Patriots depth chart. 

Still need some clarity on where the LBs are playing as well as some of the DBs. But generally this how things are shaping up so far.

Key:

  • Red: PUP or long-term injury (Gaffney)
  • Italics: Current injury issues
  • Yellow Box: Rookie
PatsPropaganda Training Camp Previews

Over the last two weeks I banged out extensive previews of each position on the Pats’ roster. You can get caught up on all of them here:

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Line

Tight Ends

Defensive Tackle

Defensive Ends

Linebackers

Cornerbacks

Safeties

2014 PatsPropaganda Patriots Top 50 NFL Draft Board

For the past three years, I’ve put together a Patriots-only big board, ranking 50 prospects that I like most for the Pats, roughly in the order that I like them. Needs are taken into account and I try to spread them out across all levels to try and hit as many as possible. Think of this like a big lottery ticket.

My scores in past seasons: 2011 - four out of nine picks, 2012 - two of seven picks, and 2013 - two out of seven picks (plus Chris Jones though he wasn’t drafted by the Pats). Can I break .500 this year??

Input is welcome, but my only rule is to keep it to 50 guys, so for every guy I add, someone’s gotta come off. Many of you know these prospects far better than I do, so make your case in the comments for additions and subtractions. 

Without further ado, here it is…

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Brady, Belichick and Revis Built this City on Rock n’ Roll.

This video has left me speechless and I cannot stop watching it!! But yeah, it pretty much sums up how giddy I’m feeling about watching this trio together this year. Wow.

Sing It Kitty- Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Darrelle Revis (by Ken Dis-Chargeman)

Thanks to @614Patsfan for sending it to me… I think.

What a long, strange trip it’s been since I started blogging about the Pats in December of 2007.

And yes, that’s a real Ernie Adams autograph. Possibly the only one in existence and easily the coolest autograph I have. Real Patriots fan know who that mystery man is.

Who have the Patriots missed most?

The New England Patriots’ injuries in 2013 have been well-documented, but three stand out far above the rest. 

Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo were to be integral parts of the Patriots’ plans this season, but each would find themselves playing less than seven full games and eventually on IR.

The Patriots have clearly missed all three players this season but who have they missed the most?

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Here are my takeaways. No time to cry about it, let’s just find some healthy cornerbacks and give Peyton Manning hell!!

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