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Despite losing key members of the offense and dealing with notable injuries entering training camp, the Patriots still have Tom Brady under center and Bill Belichick on the sideline, and according to Ellerbe's teammate, receiver Mike Wallace, that alone makes them dangerous.
"As long as they have No. 12 (Tom Brady) behind center, anything's possible," the speedy wideout told Tom Pelissero of USA Today. "As long as they have Coach (Bill) Belichick up there, man, you never count those guys out."
Fellow newcomer Brent Grimes echoed Wallace's statement, saying, "You never want to lose key pieces to your team -- any team. But that team has proven time and time again that they can overcome adversity and be a good team."
The Dolphins are widely considered to be the Patriots' stiffest competition in the AFC East, a division New England has won each of the past four years. Miami not only has a promising second-year quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, it was also one of the most proactive teams in free agency.
Though the team appears to have improved this offseason, there are questions as to how much the new pieces will narrow the gap between the Dolphins and the Patriots, who finished five games better than Miami last season.
We'll find out come Oct. 27, when the Patriots host the Dolphins in Week 8 action.
Earlier this offseason, new Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe made comments suggesting that the Patriots were vulnerable in the AFC East this year after an at-times trying offseason.