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2018 Schedule
13-3, 1st in AFC East

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Patriots are loaded for the draft. I see them going with a Malcom Butler replacement and Rashad Evans if he is still available.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time since 2015, the Patriots enter the first night of the draft with a first-round pick, which has raised the excitement level among New England fans. The Patriots own the 23rd overall pick, which they acquired in the Brandin Cooks trade, as well as their original 31st overall pick. Add in two second-rounders (43, 63) and a third-rounder (95) and the team has a great opportunity ahead of itself to add talent to the roster.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

From the plan-your-evening department (assuming no trades): Last year's first round lasted 3:34, so time projection for Patriots' pick at No. 23 would be around 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET, and No. 31 at around 11:20-11:35 p.m. ET.

Patriots have one less draft need with Gronk returning (0:46)
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Gronkowski tells Belichick he'll play in 2018

Tight end Rob Gronkowski posted on Instagram Tuesday that he has met with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and told him that he will be playing this season, ending speculation that Gronkowski might retire.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots officially announced the signing of free-agent OT Ulrick John. The 25-year-old John, who entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick of the Colts in 2014, has played in 10 career games (3 starts). He adds depth at a time when rosters are at 90 players. The Patriots' OT depth chart includes Marcus Cannon, LaAdrian Waddle, Cole Croston, António Garcia, Andrew Jelks and John.

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2dIan Begley

Out of prison, Meek Mill sees 76ers clinch

Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who had widespread support from the sports world, was released from prison Tuesday and then attended the Sixers' series-clinching Game 5 victory over the Heat.

Polian: Pats need to give Brady 'leeway' (2:08)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots had free-agent offensive linemen Ulrick John (Packers) and Sebastian Tretola (Titans) in for workouts on Monday. With rosters at 90 players, the team has room to explore more depth at different spots. John has appeared in 10 career games (3 starts) and Tretola has appeared in one. John entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick of the Colts in 2014 out of Georgia State, while Tretola was a sixth-round pick of the Titans in 2016 out of Arkansas.

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Horse named after Gronk will miss Derby

The horse named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski developed a fever over the weekend and is unable to travel to Churchill Downs to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Brady's agent expects him to play in 2018 (1:21)
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3dAdam Schefter

Agent expects Brady to play for Pats in 2018

Agent Don Yee responded to speculation that his client Tom Brady won't return for the 2018 season, telling ESPN that he expects the quarterback to play for the Patriots this season.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards276.12nd
Rushing Yards118.110th
Points For28.62nd
Points Against18.55th