New England Patriots Roster Projection, v3
Let’s get right to it:
Locks: Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer
Out: Danny Etling
Way Out: None
Comments: Welp, Etling didn’t throw for 600 yards in the finale. Not only that, but it looks like he stinks. But it could be also that his receivers stink too. Maybe they should have drafted the kid the Giants took, Kyle Lauletta, who was linked to the Pats all spring. Whatever…it was a helluva an 86 yard run by Etling at the end of the game though. We know Brady ain’t doing that this year.
Locks: Rex Burkhead, James White, Sony Michel, James Develin
In: Jeremy Hill, Mike Gillislee
Out: Ralph Webb
Way Out: Henry Poggi, Kenneth Farrow, Khalfani Muhammed
Comments: Hill is probably a lock actually. Gillislee did not play in the preseason finale. Combine that with the uncertain health of Burkhead and Michel and I think he gets on the squad to start the year. Farrow and Muhammed were signed a couple of days ago…it was nice of the Pats to do that.
Locks: Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson
In: Riley McCarron
Out: Devin Lucien
Way Out: Paul Turner, K.J. Maye
Suspended: Julian Edelman
Injured Reserve: Braxton Berrios
Comments: As I said in the last projection, it wouldn’t surprise me to see McCarron stick. And the fact that he didn’t play in last night’s game tells me he makes it…at least at the start. Maye was signed a few days ago as well. Good to see him again, as he was with the Pats in the preseason last year. And I will say that I was shocked as sh&t to find out that Turner actually has some NFL experience from 2016. But that shouldn’t help him here.
Locks: Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen
In: Jacob Hollister
Out: Will Tye
Way Out: None
Injured Reserve: Ryan Izzo
Comments: Allen’s recent pay adjustment locks him in. Hollister has been chatted up frequently, so I guess he is in. But maybe his injury keeps him off.
Locks: Trent Brown (LT), Joe Thuney (LG), David Andrews (C), Shaq Mason (RG), Marcus Cannon (RT), LaAdrian Waddle (T)
In: Ted Karras (G/C), Cole Croston (T)
Out: Matt Tobin (T), Luke Bowanko (C/G), James Ferentz (C), Jason King (G), Ulrick John (T)
Way Out: Brian Schwenke (C)
Injured Reserve: Isaiah Wynn (T/G)
Comments: John was getting some love, but he limped off last night and who knows how serious his injury is. Bowanko is also hurt. The top 6 are locked in, but you can pick whoever you want as the 2-3 backups and honestly, I couldn’t tell you who is better than who. Should I be able to? I don’t know. But can you?
Locks: Trey Flowers, Adrian Clayborn, Derek Rivers, Deatrich Wise
In: Keionta Davis
Out: Eric Lee
Way Out: Frank Herron
Comments: I’m keeping Davis on, despite some questions during the telecast about him not making enough plays against backups in the preseason. Just a hunch.
Locks: Malcom Brown, Lawrence Guy, Danny Shelton
In: Adam Butler
Out: Vincent Valentine
Way Out: John Atkins, Trent Harris
Comments: Still would like to find room for Valentine. But maybe they think that they can slip him through to the practice squad, seeing that he missed all of last year.
Locks: Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Elandon Roberts
Out: Marquis Flowers, Christian Sam
Way Out: None
Injured Reserve: Harvey Langhi
Comments: First three are no-brainers. Roberts didn’t play in the finale, so, unfortunately, it looks like he is a lock too. Sam apparently wasn’t dressed last night, so maybe he is hurt and he ends up on IR? Flowers is brutal, but he is a “core special teamer”, who actually also, very, unfortunately, does play some linebacker too. He’s out for now, but my guess is that he’s a guy they can cut, not get claimed and be back for Week 1. Maybe not, but he played a ton in the last preseason game. That’s usually not a good sign. And I think his 1.75 mil salary is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too high. There’s some room for him to come down there. Taking a stab here…
Locks: Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones, Duke Dawson
In: Cyrus Jones, J.C. Jackson
Out: Jason McCourty, Ryan Lewis, Keion Crossen
Way Out: Jomal Wiltz
Comments: No changes here. McCourty is a guy that they could cut and re-sign in Week 2. And he was playing a little safety in the preseason finale. Maybe that’s a long-term thing. But doesn’t help him for Saturday. Crossen still has a shot to make the squad, at least temporarily. But I think that may be a stretch at this point.
Locks: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon
In: Jordan Richards
Out: Damarius Travis
Way Out: A.J. Moore
Comments: If Jason McCourty could ever supplant Richards, I’d love it. But I don’t see it.
Locks: Stephen Gostkowski (K), Ryan Allen (P), Joe Cardona (LS), Matthew Slater (ST), Nate Ebner (ST), Brandon King (ST), Nicholas Grigsby (ST)
Out: Brandon Bolden (ST), Geneo Grissom (ST)
Way Out: Corey Bojorquez (P)
Comments: “Bojo” couldn’t even punt in the last meaningless preseason game. I think they play the same game with Bolden this year as they did last year…cut him for 2 days, keep a kid longer so they can sneak him on the practice squad when other teams have their rosters set, then he’s back in uniform before Week 1.
Final comment: There will be some bottom of the roster movement, cuts and re-signings and all. We know that. But we also know that there will be some trades, probably minor, but still some trades. I will say, I love this time of year!
Practice squad: Etling, Webb, Lucien, Ferentz, Lee, Harris, Valentine, Sam, Lewis and Crossen.
Posted on August 31, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged 53 man roster, cutdown day, defense, depth, Julian Edelman, McCourty, New England Patriots, NFL, Opening Day, Practice squad, Preseason, Rob Gronkowski, Rookies, roster projections, Super Bowl, Tom Brady, wide receivers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.