2015 Depth Charts Update: New England Patriots

A breakdown of the New England Patriots' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

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A breakdown of the New England Patriots' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

2015 Depth Charts Update: New England Patriots


NE Offense

NE Defense

Notes

 

  • They may have questions on the interior of the offensive line, but Patriots fans will be more than happy with what they have at both tackle spots in Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer. 2014 saw Solder’s play go up and down throughout the year, but after how well he played in 2012 and 2013, particularly against the run, we’re happy enough that 2014 was a minor blip.

 

  • Rob Gronkowski is the best player on their offense, but that tight end position in general is pretty strong. Gronkowski led all starting tight ends with a ridiculous 2.51 Yards Per Route Run from the slot, and again lead in Yards Per Route Run on all routes, at 2.53. Behind him they already had Tim Wright, and added Scott Chandler in free agency, with both more that capable of being the team’s number two tight end.

 

  • Unlike their division rivals in New York, the Patriots will be happy with what they have on the edge of their defense. Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones return as starters with Jabaal Sheard added this offseason. Ninkovich’s play was up and down in 2014, but he really stood out against the run in 2013, while Jones was their best edge rusher a year ago. Sheard adds to that, having graded positively in each of the past two seasons.

 

  • The biggest question mark for the Patriots defensively however, is at cornerback. Losing Darrelle Revis was huge, and right now their top three at the position look to be Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, and Robert McClain. The issue with Butler is, while he might have made the play that won the Super Bowl for the Patriots, we haven’t seen enough to know how good he really is. Ryan has been solid in the past, but doesn’t look like much more than that, while McClain allowed 1.36 Yards Per Coverage Snap from the slot, good for just 44th among cornerbacks.
  • Jason Williams

    boy those corners, I just don’t know…

    • Sam Doohan

      They lost talent at corner but no matter what they’re going to go 13-3 and walk into a title game at least. I’ll agree it’s unlikely that they’ll win another Super Bowl this year with that D but the sad truth is that a team with a good QB and a good coach who can put up any kind of resistance on D can go deep in the playoffs without breaking a sweat.

      It’s unlikely they’ll beat the Packers or the Seahawks in January without some of their young CBs really showing something but being one of the top 3 or 4 teams in the league with that lack of talent is impressive in itself.

      • Jason Williams

        13-3 with no Tom for a month? 😯

      • Chris

        LMAO so the Pats went 12-4 WITH Brady all season and a better defense. But with Brady missing 4 games and a lack of good, proven DTs/CBs you think they’ll improve to 13-3??

      • Chris Kole

        They were a healthy Gronk away from winning the Super Bowl in 2011, where Julian Edelman James Ihedigo Sterling Moore were all starting in the secondary.
        They probably could have won last year too if Gronk was healthy in the playoffs. If Gronk stays healthy the pats are as tough a team to beat as any in the postseason.

  • Jim Winslow

    They might be 3-4 more this year.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      only if they wanna trust a rookie NT, malcolm brown, with the hardest position in a 3-4

      • Kevin

        They could probably switch off reps between Brown and Easley (if healthy) initially. Have Hightower or Mayo help support the middle of the field while getting sheard or flowers on the field essentially at OLB.

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          i feel ya, honestly they have so many versatile pieces they can just play whatever formation they feel best about against any given opponent.

          • Dalen Erickson

            exactly. Its a mix-and-match defense where they can move versatile guys like Hightower, Easley, Branch, Ninkovich, Collins all over the place. Branch can definitely play some NT in a pinch as well but I think Brown is a good option there. I see Easley as more of a 3-4 end or 4-3 3-tech. He is a little undersized to play NT but certainly not out of the question

          • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

            agreed, and now they added trey flowers from arkansas, he fits in well with those other names. and yea, easly seems like an ideal 3 tech, assuming he’s healthy finally

    • Dalen Erickson

      Theyre still going to be a hybrid defense with a base 4-3. They spend the msot time in nickel though. Lots of versatile players that are conducive to a highly unpredictable defense

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaterrance.young JaTerrance Dwayne Young

    Why did yall change Vollmer from High Quality to very good?. You all have graded him as one of the top 5 RT in the league the last three years?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaterrance.young JaTerrance Dwayne Young

    No Special teams depth chart?

  • Chris

    Gonna have to pull a couple rabbits outta the hat with those corners.

  • Dalen Erickson

    Not enough info on Grey? He played quite a bit last year and played very well. Watch the Colts regular season game alone and that tells us enough to know he is pretty darn good. Im no pats fan but I think he should be at least average or good

    • Chris

      166 snaps over a 3 year career isn’t enough.

      • Dalen Erickson

        Really? 166 snaps gives us NO idea of how good he is? I agree there isnt a plethora of tape to review but there was certainly a fair amount of plays to watch.

        • Chris

          166 snaps is 3 full games. That’s akin to sample scouting. You can’t get a full picture of a guy by watching only 3 games. You can try to guess based of 166 snaps sure, but they prefer having a bigger picture before they label a guy.

  • Dalen Erickson

    Spikes starting over Mayo is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen on PFF. If Mayo is healthy he will ABSOLUTELY start. Either way Spikes will get into the rotation on running downs but Mayo is the guy

  • Ike

    Win the Super Bowl and get your elite status back? Haha, Brady has been elite for the past 5 years consistently. Sure Aaron Rodgers is better, Peyton has had a better regular season the past 3 years but Brady is still elite.

    • Packerfan all week

      Stop cheating bitch and win super bowl.