New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Patriots are Favored in 8 Games in 2020

The 2019 Pat season ended with a thud, as the team lost at home to the Titans in the AFC Wild Card Game in an outing that still stings.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Pats will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for New England in 2020.

New England Patriots +3 @ Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots +1½ @ Houston Texans
New England Patriots +8½ @ Kansas Chiefs
New England Patriots pk @ Los Angeles Chargers
New England Patriots +3 @ Los Angeles Rams
New England Patriots -2½ @ Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots -1½ @ New York Jets
New England Patriots +4 @ Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots -5½
Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots +2½
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots -2
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots -5
Las Vegas Raiders @ New England Patriots -6
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots -7½
New York Jets @ New England Patriots -7
San Francisco 49ers @ New England Patriots +2

Patriots Come to Terms with Former Jaguars Second-Round Pick WR Lee

The Patriots have added a new wide out to the roster, as the team has come to terms with former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee to a one-year contract.

Lee was dumped by the Jaguars on April 20th, thus hitting the free agent market.

The 28-year-old former second-round pick has battled injuries throughout his career and never became the game-changing player the Jaguars hoped he would be when he was drafted in the second round in 2014.

He played in only six games and had three catches for 18 yards after signing a four-year contract worth $34 million with $16.5 million guaranteed in March 2018. He missed the 2018 season after suffering a torn ACL, MCL and PCL in his left knee during the preseason.

Patriots Sending Retired TE Rob Gronkowski to the Buccaneers

In a move that many saw coming the moment that Tom Brady decided to leave New England to go to the Buccaneers, the Pats are in the process of sending retired tight end Rob Gronkowski to Tampa.

Gronkowski walked away from the NFL last February in a retirement from the Patriots, but from the moment he retired there were rumors that he was going to return to the NFL.

In his career which started in 2010, Gronkowski played in 115 games, starting in 100 of them, catching a total of 521 passes with 7861 and 79 touchdowns.

He averaged 15.1 yards per catch in his career, and was selected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career.

He rejoins Brady, who is the only quarterback he played with during his career.

Bill Belichick Says the QB Group in the 2020 Draft is “Interesting”

With just two quarterbacks on the roster, and a hot-button question as to how the Patriots will replace Tom Brady after a two-decade run of success, coach Bill Belichick didn’t name a definitive starter in a Monday conference call that included his thoughts on this year’s draft class, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

Of the rookie quarterbacks entering the NFL, Belichick called it “an interesting group” and “probably one that has some decent depth to it.”

The Patriots, whose top selection is No. 23 overall, could tap into that depth with one of their 12 picks. LSU’s Joe Burrow, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Utah State’s Jordan Love and Oregon’s Justin Herbert are ranked as the top four quarterbacks, in that order, by ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay.

The Patriots currently have 2019 fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham and 11-year veteran Brian Hoyer on the roster. Belichick acknowledged Monday that the Patriots will be open-minded as they put together their offensive personnel and overall system without Brady.

“Over the last two decades, everything we did, every single decision we made in terms of major planning was made with the idea of how to make things best for Tom Brady. Now that being said, we’ve had several situations where we had to play and knew Tom wasn’t going to be the quarterback,” Belichick said in reference to the 2008 season when Brady sustained a season-ending knee injury 15 plays into the opener, and 2016 when Brady served a four-game NFL suspension to open the year.

“In those situations, we adapted what we had to the player [Matt Cassel in 2008; Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in 2016] and geared everything towards what was best for him. Just like we always geared everything for doing what was best for Tom, to help our offense. I don’t really see that changing, whoever the quarterback is, we’ll try to make things work smoothly and efficiently for that player and take advantage of his strengths and skills. Whatever things that particular player does well, we’ll try to work towards and feature, or at least give him an opportunity to do those.”

Of the quarterbacks already on the roster — Stidham and Hoyer — Belichick said he and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels “certainly have a pretty good feel for both.”

“We’ve spent quite a bit of time with Brian and Stid. The circumstances will be different this year, and we’ll see how everything plays out,” he said. “To start with, I think the main thing is to give everyone a chance to compete, to get people comfortable with the skills at the position they’re playing, the communication that’s involved. We’ll evaluate the players as we get an opportunity to evaluate them.”

Brady the Buccaneer? Future HOF Patriots QB to Go Play for Tampa Bay

Tom Brady had a number of options to play for in 2020.

For he and his family, he feels like he made the right one.

Brady is heading to the NFC South, where he will line up and play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs last season were not very good, going 7-9, tied for second in the NFC South.

The South boasts the likes of Drew Brees and the Saints, Matt Ryan and the new-look Falcons, and finally the revamped Carolina Panthers.

No matter what you think,

The Bucs win total rose to 9.5 wins, but this is with regular starting quarterback Jamies Winston under center for Tampa.

Also on the slate for the Bucs at home include the three NFC South teams, the Rams, Chargers, Vikings, Packers and the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.

On the road Tampa will face the following five teams plus the three NFC South teams: Bears, Lions, Broncos, Raiders and the Giants.

The Bucs were not the only team that was going all in for Brady, but the Los Angeles Chargers were very interested in his services.

The Bolts were one of at least two teams that reportedly offered Brady more than $30 million per year this week.

With the Chargers ruled out, that cleared the path for Brady to pick the Buccaneers.

The decision to go to Tampa makes a lot of sense, and that’s because the Buccaneers made it clear this offseason that they wanted him.

At the combine in February, Bucs coach Bruce Arians didn’t try to hide the fact that he wanted Brady on the team.

End of an Era; QB Tom Brady Says He’s Leaving the Patriots to Play Elsewhere

The glimmer of hope that Patriots fans were holding on to when it came to a return under center for quarterback Tom Brady can officially be extinguished.

The six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback announced early Wednesday that he is leaving the place he called “home” for 20 seasons, looking for a new challenge and a new team.

Brady put out a heartfelt message on Twitter about leaving New England and going out to find a new team to play for, something he’s never had to do before.

In a pair of statements posted on Twitter and Instagram, Brady first thanked his team and his coaches in a tweet labeled “FOREVER A PATRIOT.”

The beginning of NFL free agency is set for today at 4PM ET, and since 12PM ET on Monday, teams can legally “tamper” with pending free agents by contacting their agents.

Already a number big name players have announced they are leaving their teams to play elsewhere. Monday tight end Austin Hooper announced he was taking his talents from Atlanta to Cleveland.

Patriots Bring Back Safety Devin McCourty for $23 Million Over Two Years

FS Devin McCourty back at his safety spot, makes the play.
(Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

The Patriots are bringing back one of, if not their biggest defensive playmakers, as the team has come to terms on a two-year deal with free safety Devin McCourty.

NFL.com reports that McCourty’s deal will pay him $23 million over two years in Bill Belichick’s defense.

$17 million for McCourty’s deal is guaranteed.

McCourty has been with the Patriots since he was selected 27th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

During the 2019 season, McCourty registered his fourth consecutive season of 16 starts, and contributed 58 tackles, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and five interceptions, his highest total since 2012.

His play was a big reason why the Pats defense got off to a historic start before they seemed to run out of gas before losing in the AFC Wild Card game at home to the Tennessee Titans.

The 32-year-old McCourty has been a vital member of the team’s last three Super Bowl wins.

His twin brother, cornerback Jason McCourty, was also a member of the 2018 championship team and has been with the franchise since being traded from the Browns prior to the start of that season.

Patriots Awarded Maxium Four Compensatory Picks for April NFL Draft

The Patriots will have the maximum four compensatory picks in next month’s NFL draft, including two in the third round, the highest possible round for such selections, the Associated Press reports.

New England also receives two spots in the sixth round.

Denver, Houston, Minnesota, the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Seattle each get three picks, while Baltimore and Miami will each have two.

Receiving one apiece are Chicago, Dallas, the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington for a total of 32 selections.

The other 17 NFL teams will not receive such picks.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks in an upcoming draft.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Houston gets the highest compensatory slot at No. 97 overall, followed by New England at No. 98, the Giants with the 99th selection and the Patriots at No. 100. The Seahawks have No. 101, followed by the Steelers, Eagles, Rams, Vikings and Ravens to finish off the third round.