Notable rookies on Pats' schedule

May, 13, 2014
May 13
With the NFL draft behind us, we have a little bit of unique perspective on the New England Patriots' 2014 schedule.

Specifically, we now know which notable rookies the Patriots will face.

Below are some highlights:

Week 2 at Vikings: The Pats could face quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, projected to compete for the starting job.

Week 3 vs. Oakland: Fifth-overall selection Khalil Mack should be an immediate starter at outside linebacker, while Derek Carr could conceivably win the quarterback competition (Matt Schaub is the likely starter).

Week 4 at Kansas City: Dee Ford exploded onto the scene for Auburn in 2013 and injects depth into one of the league's best pass rushes. The Chiefs' sub packages will be a nightmare to block.

Week 6 at Buffalo: The Bills mortgaged their 2015 draft to trade up for Sammy Watkins, the top receiver in this class.

Week 12 vs. Detroit: The Lions used the 10th overall pick on the best receiving tight end in the draft, Eric Ebron.

Week 13 at Green Bay: Hard-hitting and versatile safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix immediately upgrades the Packers' secondary.

Other rookies on the schedule: Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, Jets safety Calvin Pryor and tight end Jace Amaro, and Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.



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