Patriots

NFL Notebook: Projecting the Patriots’ opening day lineup; could league year be pushed back?

There is still much to hash out with the NFL's CBA before free agency even starts — and that will affect many players, especially Tom Brady (good to see the other Boston media realize that point well after we did) — but that hasn't stopped us from dreaming about realistic possibilities (read: not fantasy football) for a Patriots opening day lineup that would once again compete for a Super Bowl title.

Might as well start at the top (and I'm going with third-down offense and defense in the fourth quarter — those players are the real moneymakers):

OFFENSE

QB: