2016 Patriots Preview

What the upcoming season has to offer

The 2016 season is almost upon us. The offseason is wrapped up, contracts signed, trades made, players drafted. Not to mention that the 544 day DeflateGate saga has finally come to an end. Even though it is hard to believe, there was actual football things going on during that 544 day span. Lets get you up to date with all subtractions and additions since the 2015 season came to an end


  • LB Jerod Mayo (retirement)
  • DE Chandler Jones (traded to ARI)
  • CB Leonard Johnson (released)
  • TE Scott Chandler (released)
  • WR Brandon LaFell (released)
  • LB Dane Fletcher (released)
  • DL Dominique Easley (released)
  • DL Chris Jones (released)


  • WR Chris Hogan (RFA, BUF)
  • DE Frank Kearse (UFA)
  • G Jonathan Cooper (traded from ARI)
  • TE Martellus Bennett(traded from CHI)
  • DE Chris Long (UFA, LA)
  • LB Shea McClellin( UFA, CHI)
  • TE Clay Harbor (UFA, JAC)
  • LB Barkevious Mingo(traded from CLE)

Draft Picks

CB Cyrus Jones, OL Joe Thuney, DT Vincent Valentine, WR Malcolm Mitchell, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB Elandon Roberts, G Ted Karras, WR Devin Lucien, QB Jacoby Brissett


With a lot of new faces in the locker room, the New England Patriots look to improve on what was an interesting 2015 campaign. One of the biggest changes came on the D-Line. The Patriots sent Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for former 1st rounder G Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 2nd round draft pick (Joe Thuney). With a career best 12.5 sacks and 1 INT, the Pats will lose no doubt their biggest pass rusher. With many players set to be on the books in 2017, including Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower, the Patriots had to choose which defender was the odd man out. As Jones is another player who will join the 2017 class, he no doubt would have came with a high price tag. Belichick wanted value, so he sold high. Jabaal Sheard is the next man to “Do Your Job”, and looks to fill Jone’s role. Sheard, too, is coming off a career year in which he posted 8 sacks in 13 games with the Patriots. Despite Jone’s departure, the Patriots are still have great depth on the line. Rob Ninkovich, one of the more underrated defensive players in the league, may not even miss a game after tearing his tricep in joint practices. They also added veteran DE Chris Long to the mix, who looks to be valuable depth if Ninkovich isn’t able to return as quickly as he has shown. Returning players also look to improve on the 9th best defense in the league. Jamie Collins emerged as one of the most athletic defenders in the league, many calling him position-less. Alongside Dont’a Hightower, this LB core is poised to be one of the best in the league. In the secondary, Malcolm Butler looks to continue his meteoric rise since Super Bowl 49, alongside Logan Ryan who posted a career year with 4 INT’s. This Pats defense boasts alot of tandems: Collin/Hightower, Butler/Ryan, McCourty/Chung, Ninkovich/Sheard. Look for this team to be one of the best defenses in the league.


Brady has finally received punishment for DeflateGate, in form of a 4-game suspension that leaves him out until Week 5 vs. the Browns. In the meantime, Belichick has slated Jimmy Garoppolo as QB1. The first 4 games of the season holds alot of uncertainty. With a thin depth of recievers and little run game, the offense will be the weakest link. Dion Lewis will undergo another surgery and miss 8–10 weeks, which may force Jimmy G to make more passes than he should. The first 4 weeks may be the toughest of the season, as the Pats play division rivals Miami and Buffalo, as well as the NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals and Osweiler’s Texans. Despite offensive weapons in the form of Edelman, Gronk, Bennett, and Amendola, offense will be hard to come by. Will Garoppolo be able to stand his ground and make a name for himself? Or will he crush under pressure? There are some many questions with the offense that it’s hard to project what will happen. Guess we will wait until Week 5.

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 @ Arizona Cardinals (L)

Week 2 vs. Miami Dolphins (W)

Week 3 vs. Houston Texans (W)

Week 4 vs. Buffalo Bills (W)

Week 5 @ Cleveland Browns (W)

Week 6 vs. Cincinnati Bengals (W)

Week 7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers (L)

Week 8 @ Buffalo Bills (W)

Week 9 BYE

Week 10 vs. Seattle Seahawks (L)

Week 11 @ San Francisco 49ers (W)

Week 12 @ New York Jets (W)

Week 13 vs. Los Angeles Rams (W)

Week 14 vs. Baltimore Ravens (W)

Week 15 @ Denver Broncos (W)

Week 16 vs. New York Jets (W)

Week 17 @ Miami Dolphins (L)

RECORD: 12–4

I’m probably wrong, but hey, let’s wait and see. Football is back!