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Peter King on D&K: Patriots are entering one of the most difficult years since Tom Brady began starting at quarterback

Ryan Hannable
September 06, 2018 - 1:42 pm

NBC Sports football analyst Peter King joined Dale & Keefe for his first weekly appearance of the season. King touched on a number of different subjects, including the Colin Kaepernick situation, but also gave his outlook on the Patriots' season.

King picked them to go to the Super Bowl, but noted it won't be easy.

“I think the Patriots are entering one of the most difficult years since Tom Brady began starting at quarterback for them," he said. "Having said that, I picked them to get to the Super Bowl, but I still don’t know for instance, are they going to add a receiver before the trading deadline? I think even when [Julian] Edelman comes back, unless Phillip Dorsett is a lot different than the player he was last year — I think he will be better, but how good will he be? I don’t know.

"To me, I just think the Patriots are going to have to go out and get another weapon for their offense if they want to go as far as they should go. They have a lot of draft ammunition to do it, they have Chicago’s two next year. They are in position to be able to do these things, but I think the Patriots left themselves woefully shy at receiver and the injury to Isaiah Wynn really saps them depth on the offensive line. [Rob] Gronkowski is going to be as important this year, or more important, than in any year of his Patriots career, which is saying something. Short and intermediate stuff, James White, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman this year, they are just gigantic figures for the Patriots for them to get to where they want to go.

"Their defense, I think is going to be better, significantly better. This is a team that has a lot of young players who I think are just getting ready to emerge and explode. They also have the return of Dont’a Hightower this year. I think they will be better on defense.”

Here's the complete interview.

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