Some have hinted the New England Patriots were a one-man-show for years. Tom Brady proved it in 2013.
Wes Welker left for the Denver Broncos via free agency. Rob Gronkowski spent the entire offseason recovering from arm and back surgeries. Plus, Aaron Hernandez was jailed on suspicion of murdering at least one former companion.
Did I mention the top pass catcher left—St Louis Rams free agent, Danny Amendola—ripped up his groin in the first game?
Yeah, it was a mess. Unfazed, Brady whipped out the silver polish and made and put the shine on yet another 12-4, AFC East-winning season.
But even Atlas shrugged. The undaunted Patriots finally met their match in Denver, falling 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game.
People gush about Bill Belichick’s genius—even post-Spygate—but where would he be if Mo Lewis hadn’t punctured Drew Bledsoe’s lung way back in 2001?
As Brady goes, so goes New England.
All of the Patriots key arrivals, departures and returns leading up to draft day—May 8-10—are listed below.
Also find out who the experts think New England will take at No. 29 in a summary of some of the best mock-drafters on the web (NFL.com’s Charley Casserly and ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper’s picks are added for a total of 28 expert opinions).
-Aqib Talib, CB, signed by the Denver Broncos.
-Brandon Spikes, ILB, signed by the Buffalo Bills.
-Steve Gregory, S, released.
-LeGarrette Blount, RB, signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
-Isaac Sopoaga, DT, released.
-Adrian Wilson, S, released.
-Matthew Mulligan, TE, signed by the Chicago Bears.
-Darrelle Revis, CB, released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
-Brandon Browner, S, signed from the Seattle Seahawks.
-Will Smith, OLB, released from the New Orleans Saints.
-Brandon LaFell, WR, signed from the Carolina Panthers.
-Patrick Chung, S, signed from the Philadelphia Eagles.
-Vince Wilfork, DT, signed contract extension.
-Nate Solder, OT, exercised option for 2015.
-Julian Edelman, WR, re-signed free agent.
-Ryan Wendell, C, re-signed free agent.
-Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, re-signed free agent.
-Tommy Kelly, DT, restructured contract.
Draft prospects at No. 29:
-Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota Golden Gophers: 54%
-Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State Seminoles: 11%
-Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 11%
-Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 7%
-Dee Ford, DE, Auburn Tigers: 4%
-Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California Trojans: 4%
-Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech Red Raiders: 4%
-Brandon Thomas, G, Clemson Tigers: 4%
-Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State Buckeyes: 4%
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