New England Patriots 2014 Virtual Program: Depth Chart Analysis, X-Factors, More

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New England Patriots 2014 Virtual Program: Depth Chart Analysis, X-Factors, More
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Brady and Belichick should lead another Super Bowl contender in 2014.

Football's popularity has made the NFL a 365-day season in terms of media coverage, but the commencement of the regular season marks a starkand welcomedeparture in coverage responsibilities.

The focus is no longer on projection and conjecture, instead shifting to analysis of concrete, meaningful action.

As arguably the league's most stable organization, the New England Patriots are one of the few teams that make for easy prognostication. Surprises will occur, but the core of the roster and the impressive, bottom-line win tally should remain constant in 2014.

So rather than reading too deeply into individual offseason moves and preseason exhibitions, it's more useful to consider how each unit may contribute to a more significant team-oriented goal.

Head coach Bill Belichick has always sought to craft the most versatile and game-plan-proof squads possible.  We can evaluate units and players based on how likely they are to fulfill that mission, even though the regular-season results will provide the ultimate evaluation.

As a caveat, the roster-building process never ends, which means some of the back-end players could be off the team by the time you see this.

All depth charts are accurate as of the morning of Sep. 1. With that in mind, keep reading for a deep dive into every position, players to watch, important games and more.

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