Patriots offseason tracker: Key dates, draft picks, free agents, latest news, rumors and more

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Here's your one-stop shop surrounding the Patriots' offseason
The first season of the post-Tom Brady era wasn't all too kind for the New England Patriots, who experienced one of their worst campaigns in recent memory in 2020. The club went 7-9, was under .500 for the first time since Bill Belichick's first season in New England in 2000 and failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008. In the aftermath of that mediocre season, Bill Belichick has been extremely aggressive in trying to have New England in a position to bounce back in 2021.

In free agency, the Patriots went on a spending spree that the franchise hasn't seen in its history, bringing in the likes of Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry to fill out the tight end unit along with linebacker Matt Judon to bolster the defense. Then, the club entered the 2021 NFL Draft and wasted no time in addressing the quarterback position, selecting Alabama's Mac Jones No. 15 overall. Will all these moves have them back in playoff contention next season? We'll have to wait and find out.

In the meantime, check out our offseason hub for the Patriots below. There, you'll find every piece of information you'll need to stay caught up with Belichick's comings and goings. We'll also have the latest rumors and news along with some dates that you'll want to circle on your calendar.

Key upcoming dates

May 12: 2021 regular-season schedule announcement

2021 regular-season schedule announcement Late May or early June: Mandatory minicamp

Mandatory minicamp Late July: Training camp

2021 regular-season opponents

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*The actual 2021 schedule will be released on May 12

2021 NFL Draft recap

Round 1, Pick 15 (15) - QB Mac Jones, Alabama

- QB Mac Jones, Alabama Round 2, Pick 14 (38) - DT Christian Barmore, Alabama (trade with Cincinnatti)

- DT Christian Barmore, Alabama (trade with Cincinnatti) Round 3, Pick 33 (96) - DE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma

- DE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma Round 4, Pick 15 (120) - RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma

- RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma Round…
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