Patriot’s roster projection, v2

Three preseason games down, one to go.  Cut to 75 players on 9/1.  Seems like a good time to do version number two:


QB (2):

Locks:  Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo

In:  None

Out:  None

Way Out:  Ryan Lindley

No changes.  Again, Lindley makes it if Brady is suspended.  I cannot believe there has not been a resolution to that whole thing yet…

RB (5):

Locks:  LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray

In:  James White, Dion Lewis

Out:  Tavaris Cadet (Injured Reserve?), James Develin (IR)

Way Out:  Tony Creecy

Lewis replaces Cadet, cuz as they say, “can’t make the club from the tub”.  Not sure what the injury is, but if Cadet isn’t practicing now, his time may be up one way or the other.  Gray seems like a lock now.  I’m not ruling out them keeping Develin on the original roster, then putting him on Long-Term IR, Designated to Return when they can after rosters are initially set.  My opinion is that it is not worth using that spot for the one time you can use it each year on a guy that plays like 15% of the snaps when he is healthy, so I just put him on IR here.  But wouldn’t surprise me if they think differently.

WR (4):

Locks:  Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola

In:  Reggie Wayne, Aaron Dobson

Out:  Josh Boyce, Chris Harper, Jonathan Krause

Way Out:  Zach D’Orazio

Four is thin here, but technically Slater could run a few routes, a couple of kids can land on the practice squad and be elevated in a pinch, one of the TE’s can split out wide if needed…one of the RB’s as well.  LaFell looks like he is starting on the PUP list.  They didn’t sign Wayne to a decent bonus to cut him a couple of weeks later.  Dobson has of course been a disappointment, but at least he suited up last game.  I’m not ruling them out keeping Harper on the original roster, then as other teams set their rosters the week before the games start, then they waive him to make his landing on the practice squad a little easier.  Still could be a lot of moving pieces here the first few weeks…too many questions and health issues remain at this point.

TE (4):

Locks:  Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler

In:  Michael Hoomanawanui, Michael Williams

Out:  Asante Cleveland

Way Out:  Jimmay Mundine

Based on what I’ve heard, Williams seems like he has a great chance of sticking because he allegedly can play tackle too.  Also been hearing Hoo-Man may step into Develin’s role somewhat.  So the extra TE here seems like the right call.  If you want to list Williams as an OL instead…whatever floats your boat.

OL (10):

Locks: Nate Solder (LT), Sebastian Vollmer (RT), Bryan Stork (C), Ryan Wendell (G/C), Marcus Cannon (T), Cameron Fleming (T/G?), Shaq Mason (G), Tre’ Jackson (G)

In:  Josh Kline (G/C), David Andrews (C)

Out:  Chris Barker (G), Ryan Groy (G)

Way Out:  Caylin Hauptmann (T), Chris Martin (T)

The Andrews dude keeps getting a ton of run and certain writers are in love with him.  It’s like I am forced here to add him.  Then again, the Pats have a history of having undrafted free agents make the roster…and this year it appears he is the one.  Other than him, seems pretty much cut and dried here.  Just thank the Good Lord Jordan Devey got traded.  Though reports are he may not make the Niners…so don’t rule him out coming back here.  Please…no…

Specialists (4):

Locks:  Stephen Gostkowski (K), Ryan Allen (P), Joe Cardona (LS), Matthew Slater (ST)

In:  None

Out:  None

Way Out:  None

No changes.  No competition.



DE (4):

Locks:  Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, Trey Flowers

In:  None

Out:  None

Way Out:  None

No changes.

DL (5):

Locks:  Dominique Easley, Malcolm Brown, Sealver Siliga, Geneo Grissom

In:  Zach Moore

Out:  Alan Branch, Joe Vellano, Casey Walker

Way Out:  A.J. Pataiali’l

No changes…just a gut feeling on Branch, that’s all.  I suppose they may be able to get Moore on the practice squad and keep Branch, but I am siding with keeping the kid…for now.

LB (6):

Locks:  Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, Jerod Mayo

In:  Jonathan Freeny, James Morris, Rufus Johnson

Out:  Darius Fleming, Dekoda Watson,

Way Out:  Xzavier Dickson, DJ Lynch, Eric Martin

Guessing on Rufus…feel like he has shown up in the preseason.  At least when I have been watching.  Other than that, no changes.

CB (5):

Locks:  Malcolm Butler, Tarell Brown

In:  Bradley Fletcher, Robert McClain, Logan Ryan

Out:  Dax Swanson, Darryl Roberts (IR)

Way Out:  Brandon King

This is still a highly questionable group.  No comfort at all for me with this cast of characters.  Butler has his moments and Brown looks like he will be the one opposite him.  Fletcher seems to be getting better.  Ryan has been putrid, but I don’t see them cutting him.  Looks like a redshirt season for Roberts.

S (5):

Locks:  Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards

In:  Tavon Wilson

Out:  Nate Ebner

Way Out:  None

No changes.  But Ebner is a staff favorite, so if they can squeeze him in somehow, he will be there.

Physically Unable to Perform (3):  Chris Jones, Dane Fletcher, Brandon LaFell

Injured Reserve (5):  A.J. Derby, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Gibson, Brian Tyms, Jake Bequette

Non-Football Injury (0):

Practice squad (10):  Barker, Boyce, Cleveland, Dickson, Groy, Harper, Krause, Mundine, Swanson, Walker

Added bonus!  Roster is at 84 and needs to get to 75 on 9/1.  I say the 9 guys are:  Creecy, D’Orazio, Dickson, King, Lynch, both Martin’s, Pataiali’l, Watson

About mpdenton

I am a passionate and life long fan of the local teams...and by local I mean New England. I remember the days of Ray Bourque, Larry Bird, Steve Grogan and Wade Boggs...meaning I have lived the highs and lows of the Boston sports scene. With all this pent up Boston sports emotion, I clearly have a lot to say about the local teams and sometimes about sports in general. Maybe even the Revolution... I appreciate you reading my blog and hope you enjoy my rants.

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