Patriot’s roster projection, v1…the rest…
Locks: Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, Trey Flowers
Way Out: None
I wanted to split out the defensive ends and defensive tackles, but with the way the Patriots kind of shuffle these guys around, maybe that wasn’t such a smart idea. In any event, it looks as if the team has more DL types than pure DE types as of right this second. The possibility also exists that if Jamie Collins, Don’t’a Hightower and Jerod Mayo are all healthy, either Collins or Hightower will rush the passer more from this position. So I went with all 4 pure DE types being locks. Obviously changes if Flowers’ injury from the exhibition opener is serious.
Locks: Dominique Easley, Malcolm Brown, Sealver Siliga, Geneo Grissom
In: Zach Moore
Out: Alan Branch, Joe Vellano, Casey Walker, Antonio Johnson
Way Out: A.J. Pataiali’l
Not many people loved the Grissom pick…where it happened in the 3rd round anyway. So regardless of how well he does now, it’s unlikely he won’t make the squad. Moore seemed to have some potential last year and I wouldn’t think he would be cut either. Though I do wonder why they moved him inside this year. But he would seemingly be DE depth as well. Branch is the vet on D that I could see them moving on from kind of unexpectedly. I don’t think the salary is prohibitive. But if they wanted to keep all of these younger bodies in tow it may be a move that has to be made. The other vets are fringe guys anyway. And A.J. Pahkjnafanjknj…I admittedly know nothing about.
Locks: Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, Jerod Mayo
In: Jonathan Freeny, James Morris
Out: Darius Fleming, Cameron Gordon, Dekoda Watson, Rufus Johnson
Way Out: Xzavier Dickson, L.J. Fort, Eric Martin
Can’t get any more solid than the locks above. Yet again though, the backup LBs are a weak group. Belichick seems to basically use his backup LBs as special team linchpins every year. Even the 4 “outs” are probably known more as special team guys. Anyway, didn’t think much of Freeny until they played him a ton in the first game and he was lauded by Bill this past week. Morris was kept on IR all of last year and I’ve heard whispers that they seem to like him. In any event, don’t be surprised to see Chris White back here once his injury heals. I know, L.J. Fort was already released today. But since I had the bulk of this written before I found out, I’m leaving him here. Proves I got one thing right anyway. Well, maybe it proves nothing, but…
Locks: Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan
In: Tarell Brown, Robert McClain, Darryl Roberts
Out: Bradley Fletcher, Dax Swanson
Way Out: Jimmy Jean, Brandon King
Letting go of arguably their 4 top cornerbacks on paper this offseason (Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard…ok, you can fight me on Fonzie) seemed to be a dicey proposition. That hasn’t changed for me, sorry. Butler goes from 5th or 6th CB to Super Bowl hero to now top CB…just like that? Ryan played ok as a rookie, not so much in his sophomore year. Brown and McClain are veterans who don’t seem to be special. Roberts is a 7th round rookie. If you want to add Fletcher here, throw him in the same category as Brown and McClain. I have Bradley out since I’ve heard nothing from him since the start of camp. He may still make it, especially if they stash Roberts on IR after his injury in the opener. But you can’t tell me that you have any comfort with this group at all. Scary.
Locks: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards
In: Tavon Wilson
Out: Nate Ebner
Way Out: None
Same goes for the safeties. McCourty is a good one, but one of the highest paid? Not so sure. Richards was a reach in the 2nd round, according to everyone (nice reminder of how well Tavon Wilson has worked out as an unheard of 2nd rounder…oops). The other guys? Unexciting. That may be the kindest word to describe them. These DB’s scare the bejesus out of me. That about sums it up.
Physically Unable to Perform (2): Chris Jones, Dane Fletcher
There are 4 dudes on the preseason PUP list. Keeping these 2 on for the regular season. LaFell and Wendell tentatively break camp with the team. Since no one really knows how their injuries are progressing, this could obviously change.
Injured Reserve (2): A.J. Derby, Tyler Gaffney
At least we know these 2 guys are here. Already on the list going forward. And so much for the Gaffney Hall of Fame push. All I heard was that Tyler was going to be a major cog in the backfield this year once healthy. That they stole him from Carolina last year. Listen, if Carolina absolutely wanted to hang onto the guy, they wouldn’t have exposed him to waivers at the time that they did. They would have carried him and then put him on IR when they didn’t have to expose him to waivers. They took a chance that no one would claim him. They were wrong, but if he was that invaluable, he wouldn’t be here in the first place. Plus, he wouldn’t have been a 6th round pick either. But what do I know?
Non-Football Injury (1): Caylin Hauptmann
I think this guy is still on the NFI list and I don’t even know what for. Nor do I care. The Pats did care enough about him to carry him on the practice squad for however long last year. But I’m not expecting him to be a factor at any point, no offense to him or his family.
Practice squad (10):
Total shots in the dark here, as obviously it is early in the preseason. But also because of the eligibility rules. I am not going to pretend I know who exactly is eligible for the practice squad and who is not. Sure, I could do all the research. But, ummmmm…no thanks. Not for this projection anyway. I did just briefly look at the eligibility rules though, for the record. All sorts of stuff about accrued seasons and 46 man game day rosters and third practice squad seasons and changes for 2014 & 2015 that will revert back to 2013 rules for 2016 if there is no extension and blah blah blah. For this exercise, I will just assume anyone with less than 3 year’s experience is eligible. Thank you so much for your understanding…
That’s about it…along with Fort being released there was a trade today and some more roster moves. So I guess I won’t be perfect…
Posted on August 19, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged AFC, Bill Belichick, Brandon Browner, Chandler Jones, Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty, Dominique Easley, Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Jerod Mayo, Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, New England Patriots, NFL, Patrick Chung, Rob Ninkovich, Robert Kraft. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.