The New England Patriots made the headlines for all the wrong reasons this past offseason with the murder case against former Tight End Aaron Hernandez. With a Head Coach Like Bill Belichick, expect them to use the distraction as a motivational tool to bring the team closer.
This past offseason,The Patriots starting Tight End Rob Gronkowski had surgery to fix a broken forearm, he also had back surgery to fix a herniated disc problem in his back, and he may not be ready for the season opener. The Patriots chose not to resign Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd who had 74 receptions for 911 yards and 4 touchdowns.
They also lost Quarterback Tom Brady's favorite weapon at Wide Receiver, Wes Welker the second in receptions in the league last year with 118 receptions for 1,354 yards and 6 touchdowns to rival Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. They did replace him with free agent Danny Amendola from the Saint Louis Rams who had drawn comparisons to Welker in the past, the only problem is he has had trouble staying healthy in the past and the patriots hope that trend doesn't continue. They signed free agent receivers Lavelle Hawkins from the Tennessee Titans, and Michael Jenkins from the Minnesota Vikings.
The Patriots also drafted Wide receivers Aaron Dobson in the second round of the draft, and Josh Boyce in the fourth round,the veteran receivers they signed and both rookies will be expected to learn on the fly and produce some yards for the offense.
With the defense expected to improve with Cornerback Aquib Talib healthy and playing a full season and the progression of last year's stand out rookies Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower, the major hole the Patriots have is at receiver, but having one of the best to ever play the position of Quarterback under center, do not count out these patriots.
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