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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Notable rookies on Pats' schedule

By Field Yates

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.