Rob Gronkowski - #87 - Tight End - 6'6" - 265lbs
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee) will start jogging soon, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Impact: Gronkowski met with Dr. James Andrews earlier this week, and Breer says the early signs on Gronkowski's recovery are good. Given the late-season timing of the tear (Dec. 8), it remains uncertain whether Gronkowski will be available for the start of the season.
Jamie Collins - #91 - Linebacker - 6'3" - 250lbs
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Collins, who played just 25 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps last season, is in line for an expanded role this season, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.
Impact: The reports suggests that Collins, drafted 59th overall last year, will emerge as a three-down linebacker in his second year as a pro. Heading into the 2014 season, Collins is on track to start at linebacker for the Patriots, along with Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. In such a capacity, he should easily improve on his rookie numbers (43 tackles) and thus attain IDP relevance.
Alfonzo Dennard - #37 - Cornerback - 5'10" - 200lbs
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dennard is a candidate to start opposite Darrelle Revis to start the season, until Brandon Browner returns from his four-game suspension, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: After serving 35 days of a 60-day sentence for a 2012 assault on a police officer in Nebraska, Dennard is now on track to participate in the Patriots' offseason program, which opens up on April 21, the Boston Globe reports. The report notes that the NFL is reviewing Dennard's status, so it's still possible that the cornerback could be subject to league discipline down the road. In 13 games (including nine starts) for the Patriots in 2013, Dennard recorded 40 tackles and a pick.
Adrian Wilson - #24 - Safety - 6'3" - 230lbs
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Wilson has been released by New England.
Impact: The 13-year veteran did not play a snap for the Patriots in his one season with the team after hurting his ankle in the preseason. He spent all of 2013 on injured reserve, and New England announced his release Friday. A four-time All-Pro pick, Wilson spent his first 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Wilson has played in 181 career games with 162 starts, making 716 tackles, 25 1/2 sacks and 27 interceptions.
Patrick Chung - #23 - Safety - 5'11" - 210lbs
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: New England has signed Chung, bringing him back to the Patriots after he spent the 2013 season with the Eagles. He had played his previous four seasons with New England after being drafted in the second round in 2009.
Impact: The 26-year-old Chung was released by the Eagles on March 11 after starting 10 of the 12 games in which he played and making 56 tackles with one fumble recovery and no interceptions.