Patriot’s roster projection, v3…and…final.
I can’t write about Deflategate…just can’t. The thing was a joke from the beginning. And now, despite many thinking otherwise, it is not over. It will linger in the background for months. Never leaving our consciousness. Every angle has been endlessly discussed and dissected. Everything that is out there to be said, has been said. There is really nothing else to add.
So instead, we will do a final projection. Why? Because I just finished watching the last exhibition game, that’s why. With pretty much no one of significance playing. And the immortal Ryan Lindley going beginning to end at QB. One word for this one…EXCRUCIATING. And yes, that deserved all caps…anyway…
Locks: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo
Way Out: Ryan Lindley
OK, Lindley wasn’t that bad…wait…yes, I think he was. Though the line didn’t help him for a lot of the night. Especially Chris Martin.
Locks: LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray, James White, Dion Lewis
Out: Tavaris Cadet (Injured Reserve?)
Way Out: Tony Creecy
Despite his suspension costing him Week 1, hard to believe Blount was in there at the end of this one. Usually the 2nd half of the 4th exhibition game is for guys fighting for jobs. Is he fighting for his somehow? Doubt it. But risky to expose him to 3rd and 4th stringers on the other side. Gotta believe Lewis not playing means he made the squad…though Creecy didn’t play either. Cadet could be one of those vets that actually gets released now and re-signed later…instead of going on IR.
Locks: Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola
In: Reggie Wayne, Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper
Out: DeVaris Daniels, Jalen Saunders
Way Out: Zach D’Orazio
This one is going to be interesting. Brandon LaFell is still not officially on the PUP list, even though the team sent 2 guys there before last cuts. Still have a feeling he goes there though since he hasn’t practiced at all. I think Harper makes the initial roster and then gets waived after a few days to make it easier to land on the practice squad, as indicated in the last projection. He may have done enough in the preseason to get claimed by another team if waived immediately. Figure Dobson gets one more chance. And I am still on the fence with Wayne. I can’t imagine they bring a vet of his status in, give him a decent bonus, and then cut him like 2 weeks later. Think they will give him time to mesh with Brady. But he also could be a guy that is cut initially for the roster flexibility. Then re-signed, especially after Week 1, where then his contract would not be guaranteed. The team could keep Daniels or Saunders in the meantime, before waiving them and hoping they get to the practice squad as well.
Locks: Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Michael Hoomanawanui
Out: Asante Cleveland, Michael Williams
Way Out: None
Hoo-man didn’t play tonight, think that makes him a lock. Changed my mind on Williams. Another practice squad candidate.
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: Ryan Groy (G)
Way Out: Caylin Hauptmann (T), Chris Martin (T)
Martin is actually way, way, way out. Never seen someone getting turnstiled by so many guys that will be out of the league in a few days. Just brutal tonight. Andrews has gotten the hype, which led me to add him last time. But with Wendell healthy again and starting at center tonight, I think there is a real possibility he faces the same scenario as Harper above…making the initial roster, then waived soon thereafter to slide onto the practice squad.
Locks: Stephen Gostkowski (K), Ryan Allen (P), Joe Cardona (LS), Matthew Slater (ST)
Way Out: None
No changes. No competition.
Locks: Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, Trey Flowers
Way Out: None
The first three above did not play tonight from what I saw. And Flowers was all over the field. Looks good to me…
Locks: Dominique Easley, Malcolm Brown, Sealver Siliga, Geneo Grissom
In: Zach Moore
Out: Alan Branch, Casey Walker
Way Out: A.J. Pataiali’l
No changes…this is what I wrote last time…still applies, “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.”
Locks: Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, Jerod Mayo, Jonathan Freeny
In: James Morris, Rufus Johnson
Out: Darius Fleming
Way Out: Xzavier Dickson, Eric Martin
Rufus continued to show up tonight. Freeny didn’t play, as far as I can tell. Appears to make him a lock. But you know Bill loves his special teamers. So he may have been a lock all along.
Locks: Malcolm Butler, Tarell Brown, Bradley Fletcher
In: Logan Ryan
Out: Dax Swanson, Robert McClain, Brandon King
Way Out: None
Fletcher didn’t play, so he must be in. Think Ryan will get one more chance and stick…deservedly or not. McClain may face the same scenario as Wayne could go through, as described above. No big loss if he signed somewhere else, if you ask me. King got sent home before the game with some of the regulars, it was reported. It was reported earlier in the week from somewhere I don’t recall that he plays all 4 special teams units. Interesting facts at the very least. But something further to consider? Again, Bill loves his special teamers. And it isn’t like the DB’s are something special here…
Locks: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards
In: Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner
Way Out: None
Wilson and Ebner. Special teamers. Questionable secondary. Looks like they are both in.
Physically Unable to Perform (3): Chris Jones, Dane Fletcher, Brandon LaFell
Injured Reserve (7): A.J. Derby, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Gibson, Brian Tyms, Jake Bequette, James Develin, Darryl Roberts
Non-Football Injury (0):
Practice squad (10): Cleveland, Daniels, Dickson, Groy, Hauptmann, King, Saunders, Swanson, Walker, Williams
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