For the first time in several years the Patriots will open the season with some questions on offense. Normally, Tom Brady's presence makes that side of the ball the stronger of the team's units, but a lack of depth up front and at receiver have created some uncertainty.
The Patriots wide receiver corps is quite thin, a fact that did not go unnoticed on ESPN.com, who wonders where the current group ranks among those of Bill Belichick's tenure. To accentuate that fact, Belichick wasn't too effusive when discussing his two newest receivers.
The Globe also believes the Tomato Can division that is the AFC East will once again serve as the team's safety net.
The Boston Herald believes the Patriots can't afford to let Brady get knocked around by the Texans defense, which has happened at times in the past. The notebook leads with Jeremy Hill impressing the coaches with his ability to learn quickly. NBC Sports Boston says Hill is healthy, trimmed down and ready to fill a big role out of the Patriots backfield.
NBC Sports Boston has Belichick discussing the challenges of containing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The Patriot Ledger looks back at the day when four members of the Patriots organization came with the John Carroll football team to play at nearby Stonehill College.