New England Patriots Roster Projection
It’s that time of year again…well, actually, I am a little late. The first preseason game is tonight. I guess I was just a little preoccupied with the Boston Red Sox’ collapse. In any event, let’s dive right in:
Locks: Tom Brady, Jarrett Stidham
In: Brian Hoyer
Out: Danny Etling (WR??!)
Way Out: None
Comments: Some reports in camp have suggested Stidham is has outplayed Hoyer and that could make Hoyer expendable. While outplaying Hoyer may not be that difficult, I am not ready to push him off the roster quite yet…despite the silly 3 mil cap hit. Etling all of a sudden is a wide receiver I guess. So much for him making much noise. And please, no more about Brady’s contract…or him selling his house in MA. As much as we all love him, he SHOULD be year to year. Going into next season he will be 43 years old for Chrissakes. Despite how he has seemed to defy Father Time, one never knows when the end will come. He has said it himself, he is in uncharted territory. I’d love to have him as long as he is…well…Tom Brady. But how much longer will that be?
Locks: Sony Michel, James White, Damien Harris, James Develin (FB)
In: Rex Burkhead
Way Out: Nick Brossette, Jakob Johnson (FB)
Comments: Have a funny feeling Rex is a little bit on the bubble here. I like the guy when he is healthy. A lot actually. But sometimes that is a big “if”. And 4 pure running backs sometimes can be a bit steep. Especially when there are other question marks on the roster. But, in the end, Michel can be a bit of a question mark with regard to injury as well. And Harris is still unproven. So I am not sure Rex is in any real danger. Yet. I don’t know who Brossette is. And Johnson will end up on the practice squad as their one “international signing” or some crap like that. In any event, he doesn’t count against any part of the roster I hear, so off to the practice squad you go.
Locks: Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry
In: Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris
Out: Jakobi Meyers, Dontrelle Inman, Braxton Berrios, Damoun Patterson
Way Out: Ryan Davis, Gunner Olszewski
PUP: Demaryius Thomas, Cameron Meredith
Suspended: Josh Gordon
Comments: Your guess is as good as mine!!! Edelman…yup. And the first rounder Harry. Then…I have no f’n idea!! Dorsett would seem to have the inside track as someone that has been here for 2 years. And seems to be liked by everyone, despite not doing much on the field. Harris was an early camp favorite, so he would seem to be in the lead. But now comes…Jakobi Meyers!! An undrafted free agent (and you know the Pats need to keep one to four of those!), all of a sudden he is the receiver that “Brady is the most comfortable with”. OK. There have been no games yet. So I am pumping the brakes on that. Inman I don’t think has practiced, but I could be wrong. Berrios seems to get some buzz all the time, but is it actually translating? The club just signed Meredith (can anyone say “Malcolm Mitchell”?), but with his injury history, I am not giving him a spot yet either. You can bet Gordon will have a spot if he gets cleared. But that may be a ways away if it does actually happen. There will be some moving parts around this position during the exhibition season, you can count on that much.
In: Matt LaCosse, Lance Kendricks
Out: Ryan Izzo, Stephen Anderson, Andrew Beck
Way Out: None
Suspended: Benjamin Watson
Comments: Speaking of moving parts…I have no idea here. LaCosse would seem to be a lock because of the contract they gave him. But you never know. Kendricks is kind of here by default. Izzo and Beck? Who knows? Anderson could make some noise too. I. Just. Don’t. Know.
Locks: Isaiah Wynn (LT), Joe Thuney (LG), David Andrews (C), Shaq Mason (RG), Marcus Cannon (RT),
In: Hjalte Froholdt (G), Ted Karras (G/C),
Out: James Ferentz (C),
Way Out: Tyler Gauthier (C), Martez Ivey (T), Cedrick Lang (T), Dan Skipper (T), Tyree St. Louis (T)
NFI: Yodny Cajuste (T)
Comments: Thin. There will be some moves here at the end of camp. I’d bet my house on that. Well, I won’t do that. But I feel pretty good about it. No one knows if Wynn can do the job. But I don’t think they are rushing out to get Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins. Too much dough. AND…he wants more. So I guess it’s Wynn or Thuney at left tackle. We will see what happens. Dan Skipper has gotten some run at first team left tackle I guess. Apparently, the guy is a monster (physically folks!). But also apparently, he has been on like 10 teams in his career and also has been turnstiled in camp as well. How’s that for confidence? A couple of veterans have signed and immediately retired. Seems weird. Either way, I think we will see some waiver claims here at the end of camp. Don’t they have to??
Locks: Michael Bennett, Deatrich Wise, John Simon, Chase Winovich
In: Derek Rivers
Out: Keionta Davis
Way Out: Nick Thurman
Comments: Fairly cut and dried here, though Davis was a favorite at times last year. Think Rivers gets one more year after one year of being hurt and one year of being nondescript. But with some of the linebackers rushing, never know if he gets phased out like Davis.
Locks: Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler, Mike Pennel
In: Byron Cowart
Out: Ufomba Kamalu, David Parry, Danny Shelton
Way Out: Trent Harris
Comments: I made a joke about Shelton still being available when I did the roster projection in the spring. I guess the joke is on us that they did actually sign him. He’s been kind of useless. The bigger joke will be when he makes the squad over Cowart, who they will inevitably attempt to get on the practice squad. I can see this happening.
Locks: Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Elandon Roberts
Out: Christian Sam
Way Out: Shilique Calhoun, Terez Hall, Calvin Munson
Comments: Roberts won’t go away. Pretty obvious the rest of them. Well, I saw another dudes’ projection that had Calhoun making it. So I guess I should watch his reps more closely during the preseason games.
Locks: Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Duke Dawson, Jason McCourty, Joejuan Williams
In: Keion Crossen
Out: Ken Webster
Way Out: D’Angelo Ross
Comments: This is a lot to carry at corner. Perhaps Jones plays some safety, as he did in the Super Bowl. Or perhaps Crossen gets cut. But hard to believe after the way they tried to integrate him at times last year. Maybe one gets traded…but which one? Have a feeling they go heavy here though.
Locks: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon
Out: Obi Melifonwu
Way Out: Malik Gant, A.J. Howard
Comments: I don’t see any other options here. Again, think some of the corners and perhaps special teamers provide depth here, for better or worse.
Locks: Stephen Gostkowski (K), Jake Bailey (P), Joe Cardona (LS), Matthew Slater (ST), Nate Ebner (ST), Brandon King (ST), Brandon Bolden (ST), Terrance Brooks (ST)
Out: Ryan Allen (P)
Way Out: None
Comments: Drafting a punter in the fifth round seemed to make that decision easy. Bill loves his special teamers. I don’t think there is anything else to discuss here.
Let the games begin!!
Posted on August 8, 2019, in Uncategorized and tagged AFC East, Bill Belichick, depth, New England Patriots, offensive line, Preseason, projections, Robert Kraft, roster, Salary cap, Sony Michel, Super Bowl, Suspensions, Tom Brady. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.