Bill Belichick might want to include a daily nap as part of his team’s itinerary. Or perhaps bring in someone to teach his players how to shave.

The Patriots’ roster definitely has a baby-faced feel to it this year as the team has gone decidedly younger.

Like most NFL teams the Patriots will continue to shuffle the bottom of the roster this week and throughout the season but as of Monday afternoon they were carrying 14 rookies (including seven undrafted free agents) on their 53-man roster both the highest numbers in the NFL.

The Patriots were one of just eight teams across the league to not cut a draft pick and they also have six second-year players. But Belichick said that getting younger wasn’t necessarily the goal.

“No we want to win. That’s what we’re here for” the coach said. “We kept the players that we feel give us the best chance to be competitive this year. That’s what our job is.”

The 14 rookies are the most the Patriots have kept in more than a decade and while most will be part-time contributors and special teams players a few will have significant roles including a couple of the undrafted guys.

Kenbrell Thompkins is likely the No. 2 receiver after outplaying drafted rookies Aaron Dobson (second round) and Josh Boyce (fourth round). And Zach Sudfeld likely will be the No. 1 tight end until Rob Gronkowski returns.

Second-round linebacker Jamie Collins likely will play a lot in the nickel and dime packages early on while Dobson and Boyce should both get opportunities with the offense.