The 2014 New England Patriots posted by Patriots Fan
The Patriots remain one of the best teams in the league. Last year, it finished with a 12-4 record and the franchise hopes that it can compete in the Super Bowl this time around. The Patriots will have to get more from quarterback Tom Brady, who showed signs of slowing down last year.
While Brady threw 25 touchdowns and 4,343 yards last year, he had a completion percentage of 60.5 percent and a less than ideal YPA of 6.9. At 36, Brady will be needing his supporting cast to improve their play if they want a fourth Super Bowl.
Unfortunately, one of their best players, tight end Rob Gronkowski has been injury prone the past few years. Last season he tore his ACL and while he says he’s in shape now it is still doubtful that he’ll be in 100 percent condition.
Last year, the team signed Danny Amendola with the belief he’ll be a better player than Wes Welker but he disappointed with just 54 receptions. Julian Edelman proved to be a better option with 105 receptions. Look for Brady to continue searching for him, as well as second-year pro Aaron Dobson.
For the Patriots to advance further in the offseason, they should protect Brady better. Brady endured 40 sacks last season, the most he’s had in years.
In terms of defense, the Patriots hope their new acquisitions would immediately contribute. Darrelle Revis was signed to a $12 million deal. It makes sense as Revis is still at the top of his game and the deal is just a year-long. Dominique Easley was selected in the first round and will be a disruptive interior past rusher to help out the defense.Continue reading "The 2014 New England Patriots"