Most people are worried about the upcoming schedule for New England this season. The teams that they are facing is not the real issue they have to deal with this year. The real issue is, the health of the players.
There was almost not an NFL season a couple years ago, due to the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement. This brought fear to many fans but the NFLPA and the owners of the teams were able to work out a deal. In this deal, double session practices were eliminated, and full contact in practices was eliminated. This has not treated the players well. Even though the players are more rested, these changes bring more injuries during preseason and regular season games. How many starters or key players have been injured during this preseason? I do not know the exact answer but there are a good amount.
Although the injuries to Rob Gronkowski were not in the preseason, Danny Amendola was injured. Even though this is just one receiver and he is healed, as far as we know, I'm worried about the last preseason game and the start of the season due to the high risk of injuries. Bill Bellicheck needs to be careful about who he puts in and how long they play, because building up an immunity to getting hit on the football field is crucial but that should have developed in practice, not preseason games.
Although this is a league wide problem, the Patriots need to worry about getting their players healthy and getting them on the field. They can't afford to go multiple games without Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola or they will be in trouble.