The New England Patriots may have lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement and Trey Flowers to free agency. But there’s still plenty of talent left in Foxborough.
According to Pro Football Focus, the defending Super Bowl champions have the NFL’s best roster right now heading into the 2019 season, going by their grades from 2018.
In an extended breakdown for ESPN, Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 NFL rosters as they currently stand this offseason, placing the Patriots at No. 1. According to PFF, the Patriots’ greatest strength is their quarterback play, with Tom Brady coming off his fourth straight “elite” season (a grade over 90).
Meanwhile, PFF says the Patriots’ greatest weakness heading into this year is their pass rush, especially after the losses of Flowers and Adrian Clayborn at defensive end. With that said, they did list up-and-coming defensive end Deatrich Wise as an X-factor on the roster.
Brady (90.7), CB Stephon Gilmore (90.7) and DL Lawrence Guy (90.1) were the three Patriots who received grades over 90 in 2018. Meanwhile, OL Shaq Mason and free agent DL Mike Pennel (87.1) finished with “high quality grades.”
Not only did the PFF rankings stress the Patriots’ strong standing the NFL, it also served to show the perceived gap between them and the rest of the AFC East.
All other three AFC East teams finished in the bottom four of PFF’s rankings, with the Buffalo Bills at No. 29, Miami Dolphins at No. 30 and New York Jets at No. 31.
Wynn should be ready
The New England Patriots are going to need Isaiah Wynn if they’re going to move on from Trent Brown. Reportedly, the second-year offensive lineman will be ready by training camp.
According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Wynn has been running at full speed and “is expected to be ready for training camp,” sources told him.
That’s positive news for Wynn, who was active and on the field during minicamp earlier this month. However, Wynn was spotted working out at guard, rather than his usual tackle position — with guard Joe Thuney bumping out to fill the spot during most drills.
The update is a sign that Wynn will be back from the torn Achilles tendon that ended his rookie year.