New England Patriots Roster Projection-Final
A little late on this and since things are happening as we speak, we’d better get cracking!!
Locks: Tom Brady, Jarrett Stidham
In: Brian Hoyer
Way Out: None
Comments: I’d personally cut Hoyer. Even if Stidham isn’t completely ready, it’s not like the Pats are winning a Super Bowl with Hoyer if Brady goes down. Besides, couldn’t you get him, or someone like him, off the streets if something catastrophic happens to Brady? I think so. But alas, the Pats won’t do it…I don’t feel like it anyway.
Locks: Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, Damien Harris, James Develin (FB)
Out: Jakob Johnson (FB)
Way Out: Nick Brossette
Practice Squad: Johnson
Comments: Pretty easy here. Burkhead didn’t sniff the field last night, so I imagine he gets back up to the “lock” category. Johnson won’t count against the 10-man practice squad limit as an international signing. Plus, he played some linebacker last night. So he will ultimately stick in this capacity.
Locks: Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Demaryius Thomas, N’Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett
In: Jakobi Meyers
Out: Braxton Berrios, Gunner Olszewski
Way Out: Damoun Patterson, Ryan Davis
PUP: Cameron Meredith
Practice Squad: Berrios, Olszewski
Comments: Big change from the last projection. Didn’t think Gordon and Thomas would be there for Game 1 with their respective situations. And with Dorsett not playing last night, that pretty much makes him a lock. Meyers probably did enough this preseason that he won’t slip through waivers to the practice squad. Berrios has been all hype, no results for 2 preseasons now. Gunner is a nice story, but there is no room. He should be able to work on his skills on the practice squad. Played cornerback in college and found himself there in the second half last night. So he could be one of those jack of all trade guys to reach down and get as needed. Big fall for Maurice Harris as well. Big time hype all offseason and into the preseason games, disappointed a bit on the field, got hurt and was released a week or so ago.
In: Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo
Out: Stephen Anderson, Eric Saubert, Andrew Beck
Way Out: None
Suspended: Benjamin Watson (4 games), Lance Kendricks (1 game)
Practice Squad: Beck
Comments: LaCosse hasn’t played much, but again…the contract. Izzo didn’t play last night, so that tells me he is in. I’m not sure Anderson has practice squad eligibility, but if he does he could end up there. Beck can play fullback apparently, so that may get him on the p-squad himself.
Locks: Isaiah Wynn (LT), Joe Thuney (LG), Ted Karras (C), Shaq Mason (RG), Marcus Cannon (RT),
In: Korey Cunningham (T), Jermaine Eluemunor (G), Russell Bodine (C)
Out: James Ferentz (C), Dan Skipper (T), Cole Croston (T)
Way Out: Tyler Gauthier (C), Martez Ivey (T), Cedrick Lang (T), Tyree St. Louis (T)
IR: David Andrews (C), Hjalte Froholdt (G)
NFI: Yodny Cajuste (T)
Practice Squad: Skipper, Croston, Ferentz
Comments: Huge changes here as well since the last projection. Bill apparently saw enough of Skipper, Croston and Ferentz this preseason to realize they are not the answer to anything. Combined with the unexpected and unfortunate medical situation of Andrews, the Pats made trades for the three offensive linemen in the “in” category. The compensation given up would seem to indicate they all make the squad despite not really seeing them play. We noticed Froholdt a little bit this preseason, not necessarily a good thing for an O-Lineman. So his injury last night would seem to have come at a fortuitous time for both he and the team.
Locks: Michael Bennett, John Simon, Chase Winovich
In: Deatrich Wise
Way Out: Nick Thurman
IR: Derek Rivers, Keionta Davis
Comments: A lot of talk about Wise not making the cut. And his inclusion in the game yesterday may not be a good sign. But he has some talent, so I am not sure he gets tossed aside so easily. Rivers is hurt…again…and that may buy him another year. But there is the possibility the Pats just cut bait and let him have a fresh start elsewhere. I thought the Pats released Davis, but he shows up on their roster as being on injured reserve, so there’s that.
Locks: Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler, Danny Shelton
In: Byron Cowart
Out: Ufomba Kamalu, David Parry, Trent Harris
Way Out: None
Practice Squad: Harris
Comments: Shelton was such a non-factor last season that it was kind of a shock he was eventually re-signed. It will be an even bigger shock when he makes the team. Both he and Cowart apparently played their way on to the team this preseason, making arguably the Patriots’ biggest free agent signing, Mike Pennel, expendable and released already like a week ago.
Locks: Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Elandon Roberts
Out: Calvin Munson, Christian Sam, Scooby Wright
Way Out: Terez Hall
IR: Shilique Calhoun
Practice Squad: Munson
Comments: Some big buzz around Munson, but I don’t see it. Yeah, I suppose it is as a special teamer, to replace a guy like Brandon King. But my sense is he could go through easily to the practice squad and you could go get him when you really need him.
Locks: Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Jason McCourty, Joejuan Williams
In: Keion Crossen
Out: Ken Webster
Way Out: None
IR: D’Angelo Ross
Traded: Duke Dawson
Practice squad: Webster
Comments: Rapid fall for Dawson. Second round pick last year then got hurt and missed most of the year. When he got healthy, he couldn’t crack the active roster. Then the Pats took Williams in the second round this year and all of a sudden he gets dealt for like 20 cents on the dollar today to Denver. Ouch. At least they got something. Crossen has been a mixed bag defensively this preseason, but they also like him on special teams. And you know how Bill feels about his special teamers.
Locks: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Terrance Brooks
Out: Obi Melifonwu
Way Out: A.J. Howard
IR: Malik Gant
Practice Squad: Melifonwu
Comments: Moved Brooks to safety in this projection. That is his primary position, but it seems the team will spot him at safety some too. Gant got carted off last night, so he gets to go on IR instead of the street. Chung’s legal issues won’t likely affect him this year. Not sure if Obi is eligible for the P-squad but if he is, I think he will be there…unless he is claimed by another team of course.
Locks: Stephen Gostkowski (K), Jake Bailey (P), Joe Cardona (LS), Matthew Slater (ST), Nate Ebner (ST), Brandon Bolden (ST)
Way Out: None
IR: Brandon King
Comments: Not much to say here. We already knew Bailey beat out incumbent Ryan Allen. We will always have last years’ Super Bowl Ryan!!
Lots of moving pieces still to come. But this is where I see it for now.
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