We’re finally back to real football. The Patriots and the rest of the NFL open up training camp at the end of July, and many events will unfold in those few weeks to create the 2016-2017 New England Patriots.
It’s been a very long offseason, folks. From the miserable drama of Deflategate to the New England Patriots’ nemesis, the Denver Broncos, proving to be victorious in the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl, this offseason has had a fair amount of sorrowful moments.
On the other hand, the Patriots stayed active through free agency and trades, acquiring important pieces such as veterans Martellus Bennett, Chris Hogan, Chris Long, and Terrance Knighton. The Patriots were a few points, plays, and bounces away from representing the AFC in the Super Bowl for the third time in the past five years, so the organization maintained a similar mindset of years past: obtaining team-first players that can be molded into the “Patriot Way” and can help New England reach their goal of winning championships.
Patriots fans have a lot to be excited about this season. The team’s moves improved the defense that boasts loads of talent and former first-round draft picks, and, as of now, health is the leading factor that could hinder complete offensive annihilation by Brady and company, after the absurd suspension, of course.
The Patriots’ training camp gates will open July 28 as fans will rush and scurry to find their seats and witness the team in action after nearly six months away. Many storylines surround the Patriots as they head into their campaign for a fifth Lombardi trophy.
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