No first round pick, no problem. The Patriots have had a busy off season this year and they’ve picked up quite a few players. Lets take a look at a possible depth chart for the upcoming season.
Tom Brady, any questions? Barring this nonsense deflate crap, he isn’t going anywhere.
Dion Lewis is #1 when he comes back, if that’s training camp, pre-season or mid-season, we’ll have to wait and see. I honestly think #2 is going to be Donald Brown. Brown’s play style fits what the Patriots do quite nicely. He thrives in shotgun and no fullback sets, which is what they Patriots like o do as well. Bolden will be used sparingly and White will primarily be used in the passing game.
Edelman is still the clear #1 and the best receiver on the team. I think Hogan will be #2 before the season’s end. This leaves Amendola, Washington and Martin to be a rotational #3. I like the rotation idea because you can get a lot of different packages out of these 3 guys an the Patriots love variation.
GRONK!!!-He’s the best tight end in football and he’s not going anywhere. Bennett is the 1A tight end. He’ll be on the field a lot, but not just as a TE. The Patriots love to line up the TE wherever they think the best match-up is. Harbor and Williams will be blockers, but they might catch a pass or 2.I see Williams being used more of an extra lineman.
Everything should stay the same from last year. I’m not sure how Cooper will fit in yet. Going into training camp, I think he’ll be a back-up guard; but the Patriots like to shuffle their line around, so he might end up starting at some point if someone up front starts to fall off or if Solder isn’t back to form yet.
If you guys think the depth chart will look differently, drop it in the comment section. The defensive depth chart will be coming soon.
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