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' 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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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Back to 100 percent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gronkowski was unrestricted at OTAs and said he feels 100 percent healthy again, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Gronkowski is coming off season-ending back surgery, which was his third back operation since 2009, but the All-Pro tight end didn't miss a practice during OTAs, nor was he restricted in what he could do. A full participant through and through, Gronkowski has returned to his usual self, which is a hugely reassuring development for fantasy owners.

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Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo: Dealing with minor leg injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garoppolo appeared to be limited at Tuesday's OTAs with what ESPN's Mike Reiss describes as a minor leg-related injury.

With Garoppolo not participating in drills, third-stringer Jacoby Brissett saw added QB reps Tuesday. At this stage, Garoppolo's leg issue doesn't look a big concern and he's entrenched as Tom Brady's top backup in the wake of an offseason filled with speculation that the Patriots may elect to move Garoppolo, who is now in the final year of his rookie contract. An all-in approach for the coming season prevailed, however, and there's also been chatter that the Patriots could find ways (such as an extension or their franchise tag) to keep Garoppolo around beyond 2017.

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