New England Patriots: 5 Players Whose Stock Is on the Rise After OTAs

May 30, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As slow as it may be, the discourse surrounding the New England Patriots will eventually turn to on-field activities.  With OTAs commencing this past week, there's finally an opportunity to discuss more than air pressure and suspensions surrounding the defending champs.
These voluntary OTAs comprise Phase 3 of the offseason workout program.  According to NFL.com, no live contact is allowed, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills will provide the first semblance of on-field work.  The Pats will have 10 of these OTA practices, with the mandatory minicamp to follow in mid-June.
We're still in the nascent stages of positional competitions, but with the first week of OTAs in the books, there are a few early hints regarding which players could emerge, especially given the significant number of absences at Friday's session that was open to the media, per NESN's Doug Kyed. 
Here's a look at a few players who garnered positive headlines after Week 1 OTAs.

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