How key dates will impact Patriots

Updated: July 26, 2011, 8:21 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Breaking down key upcoming dates on the NFL schedule and how they affect the New England Patriots:

Monday, July 25

What happens: Clubs may begin negotiating with draft picks and undrafted free agents.

What it means for the Patriots: The Patriots have nine draft choices and project to sign 10-15 rookie free agents. The team annually has one rookie free agent emerge as a surprise to make the roster and there is often competition among teams to sign players (e.g. the Patriots ...

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