ESPN: Patriots have 18th-best roster in NFL for 2020

Ryan Hannable
June 25, 2020 - 1:10 pm
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The Patriots obviously lost a ton of players this offseason headlined by Tom Brady, but how much did they drop off?

According to ESPN, it's a good amount.

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The network ranked the rosters of all teams in the league and the Patriots came in at No. 18. 

The rankings were put together using the Pro Football Focus database with an eye toward the projected starters, PFF grades from the 2019 season, and looking at each player’s career (grades and stats).

“If we weren’t taking notice that the Patriots receiving corps struggled to create separation prior to Tom Brady’s passionate sideline plea for faster, more aggressive play, the broadcast camera capturing that moment put the problem in the national spotlight,” author Ben Linsey. “The only wide receiver or tight end on the Patriots’ roster with a receiving grade of 70.0 or higher in 2019 was Julian Edelman (72.4), and even he was among the league leaders in drops (10). The Patriots will be hoping a healthy Mohamed Sanu and N’Keal Harry take big jumps in 2020.”

The top five teams were the Ravens, Saints, 49ers, Chiefs and Buccaneers. Close to the Patriots were the Vikings at No. 17 and the Lions at No. 19.

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