Another New England Patriots season is upon us, and while it's still Tom Brady's team, there is plenty of young talent around him looking to emerge. Some of the most reliable players of recent seasons are either no longer with the team or still rehabbing injuries.
The Pats have slowly changed complexion over the past few seasons, especially on defense, where the re-build from the dynasty defense of the 2000's is nearly complete. High-round picks like Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty and Chandler Jones are just entering their primes and appear ready to become household names like Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison were before them.
On offense, this past offseason brought the biggest changes at the receiver position since 2007. No longer can we pencil Wes Welker in for 100 catches and 1,000 yards, nor can we count on Deion Branch or Aaron Hernandez to be the go-to players in big moments. Not to mention no one knows for sure just when we'll see Rob Gronkowski back on the field.
Now is the time for a new set of players to step into the spotlight and here are our predictions for who will turn in this season's superlative performances for the Patriots.