New England Patriots
- Gillette Stadium
- Head Coach
- Bill Belichick
- Offensive Coordinator
- Josh McDaniels
- Defensive Coordinator
- Special Teams Coach
- Joe Judge
- Defensive Scheme
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is electing to skip the voluntary offseason workout program for the second straight season, presumably to spend more time with his family. The 41-year-old didn't miss a beat after skipping organized team activities in 2018, and it shouldn't be an issue again this year. Brady will be back for mandatory minicamp and training camp this summer to gain chemistry with his receivers. While we will never bet against Brady, the loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski and the lack of reliable wideouts outside of Julian Edelman could hurt him in 2019. Still, he'll be drafted as a midrange QB1 in fantasy drafts.
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead might only be active in 2019 if the team carries five running backs on the active roster on game days. New England's backfield is crowded with Sony Michel, James White, third-rounder Damien Harris and Brandon Bolden ahead of Burkhead. Injuries will probably thin this group out eventually, but the 28-year-old Burkhead is on the outside looking in at this point in the offseason. He played in just eight games in 2018 and ran the ball 57 times for 186 yards (3.3 average) and no touchdowns while adding 14 receptions for 131 yards and a score through the air.
The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Julian Edelman to a two-year extension on Tuesday, according to a source. It could allow Edelman to finish his career with the Patriots. He'll receive an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million guaranteed. He was suspended the first four games in 2018 and finished with 74 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. Over a full season next season, Edelman could easily return to the 1,000-yard mark if he can stay healthy. Quarterback Tom Brady should lean on his safety blanket heavily with limited options around him in the passing game.
Free-agent wide receiver Dontrelle Inman is visiting the New England Patriots on Friday, according to a source. In four starts for the Colts in 2018, Inman had 28 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns. In 12 games in 2017 with the Bears and Chargers, he had only 25 receptions and one touchdown. His best season came in 2016 with the Bolts, catching 58 passes for 810 yards and four scores. There's no guarantee he'd have much of a role in New England if he landed there despite their need for receivers.
The New England Patriots agreed on an undisclosed deal with free-agent wide receiver Dontrelle Inman on Friday, according to a source. Inman had 28 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns in nine games with the Colts in 2018 and adds more depth to the receiver-needy Pats this year. With Julian Edelman and rookie N'Keal Harry likely atop the depth chart, Inman will compete for targets with Phillip Dorsett, Braxton Berrios and Demaryius Thomas. If Inman does carve out a role in this offense, he might be worth a look in deeper leagues.