New England Patriots: Taking a Peek at Training Camp 2019
The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl for the sixth time in franchise history last season. They defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a very ugly and defensive contest. New England would not have reached the Super Bowl if Dee Ford was lined up offsides. There would have been a ton of questions entering this season instead, but they still have questions to figure out anyways.
How much longer of a championship window does this team have? The Patriots play in the weakest division by far in football. They will win at least four games in the AFC East this season.
Tom Brady will obviously be the starting quarterback once again this season and he is going to be 42 years old once the season starts. Brian Hoyer will most likely be the backup quarterback. Danny Etling and rookie Jarrett Stidham will compete for the final quarterback spot on the roster. Nonetheless, I expect Stidham to get the spot.
Sony Michel will most likely be the starting running back. He was solid in his rookie season and Michel played a big role in their Super Bowl run last season. James White will be the second running back and he is tremendous at catching passes out of the backfield. Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, and rookies Damien Harris and Nick Brossette will compete for the final two running back spots on the roster.
James Develin will most likely be the fullback on the roster.
For the first time in a while, the New England Patriots will be deep at the wide receiver position. Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas will most likely be the starting wide receivers. Rookie N’Keal Harry and Braxton Berrios will be two key names to keep an eye on during training camp. They will both most likely make the roster.
Berrios in a lot of ways is like Danny Amendola. Phillip Dorsett will most likely make the roster as well. The final roster spot at the wide receiver position will be up for grabs between Dontrelle Inman, Maurice Harris, and rookies Jakobi Myers and Ryan Davis.
New England will feel Rob Gronkowski‘s absence at the tight end position at some point during the season. He retired after the Super Bowl, but some people are speculating that Gronkowski could return for the 2019 season. However, he lost a ton of weight and it is very unlikely that Rob Gronkowski could make up that muscle mass for the season.
The projected starting offensive line will be Isaiah Wynn at left tackle, Joe Thuney at left guard, David Andrews at center, Shaquille Mason at right guard, and Marcus Cannon at right tackle. Some of the back up offensive lineman could be James Ferentz, rookie Yodny Cajuste, Ted Karras, Brian Schwenke, and Cole Croston.
Defensive coordinator Brian Flores is not there anymore because he is the new head coach for the Miami Dolphins. Bill Belichick will be calling the plays on defense this season and it will be very interesting because he was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants a long time ago.
Dont’a Hightower, Elandon Roberts, and Kyle Van Noy will be the starters at linebacker. Thus Christian Sam, Ja’Whaun Bentley, and Jamie Collins will most likely make the roster as backups. Brandon King, Calvin Munson, and rookie Terez Hall will try and snag a roster spot or two.
Jason McCourty and Stephon Gilmore will be the starting cornerbacks. Duke Dawson will be the third cornerback on the roster. Therefore, Keion Crossen, Jonathan Jones, and J.C. Jackson will compete for the final two cornerback spots on the roster along with rookies Joejuan Williams, Ken Webster, and D’Angelo Ross.
Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung will be the starting safeties. Obi Melifonwu and Duron Harmon will be the safeties. Rookie Malik Gant could be an interesting name to keep an eye on during training camp.
Ryan Allen and rookie Jake Bailey will compete for the punter job. Stephen Gostkowski will be the kicker. Joe Cardona will be the long snapper. Julian Edelman will be the punt returner and Sony Michel will be the kickoff returner.
They will look to win an NFL record seventh Super Bowl in franchise history this season. New England is tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers with six Super Bowl titles. In fact, they will face each other on Sunday night football in Week 1 at Gillette Stadium. This would have been the Thursday night kickoff game any other year. However, the NFL wanted to open up the 100th NFL season with the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears instead.
New England will begin training camp on Thursday, July 25. Then their first preseason game will be on Thursday, August 8 against the Detroit Lions on the road.
The New England Patriots are also the last team to repeat as Super Bowl Champions back in 2004 and 2005.
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