Patriots Post Draft Roster Projection…
…because a) everyone else is doing it and b) we are really scraping together things to actually write about in the sports world…
No need for further introduction, except for again, no one is “Way Out” at this time of year, so we are skipping that usual category. Oh, and since we have no idea on who most of the undrafted free agents are at this point, we won’t really comment much about them…not until we get to see a little of them in the preseason anyway. If there is a preseason, that is.
Locks: Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer
Out: Brian Lewerke, J’Mar Smith
Comments: If not taking a quarterback, even late, in the draft doesn’t tell the world that the Pats are going with Stidham, I don’t know what else will do it. There is a groundswell of support for starting Hoyer and giving the kid extra games to “be ready”, but why bother? Just give the kid the job and let him run with it. And if he sucks, STILL let him run with it. Because then they may be able to play “Tank for Trevor (Lawrence)” or “Fail for (Justin) Fields”. I doubt it will ever get to that point actually. But we know what Brian Hoyer is. And it ain’t an NFL starting QB. So leave him with the headset and clipboard and let the kid sink or swim. If the Patriot brain trust is apparently that confident in Stidham, shouldn’t the rest of us be also?
Locks: Sony Michel, James White, Damien Harris
In: Rex Burkhead, Dan Vitale (FB)
Out: Jakob Johnson (FB), J.J. Taylor
Comments: Rex is a popular potential salary cap casualty, as previously noted. But we think he sticks around as the Pats will presumably lean on the ground game more. We gave three options for James Develin in the pre-draft projection, he could be released, put on Injured Reserve or the Physically Unable to Perform list. Didn’t even think of “retire”. Stupid. That one should have been kind of obvious. But that doesn’t lock in Vitale I don’t think. Not yet anyway. And it has nothing to do with Jakob potentially beating him out either.
Locks: Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry, Mohamed Sanu
In: Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers
Out: Marqise Lee, Gunner Olszewski, Quincy Adeboyejo, Devin Ross, Will Hastings, Sean Riley, Isaiah Zuber, Jeff Thomas
Comments: No way the Pats let Sanu go as a cap casualty after they dealt a second rounder for him and he was useless last season. Byrd is the frontrunner to return kicks, so he probably sticks. Meyers had a good rapport with Stidham last preseason and showed some promise during the year. Hard to believe the Pats give up on him now. Lee seems like a flyer to see if he has anything left. Thomas would have supposedly been drafted if he didn’t have off-field issues. Sounds like a solid practice squad candidate to me. Hastings is interesting because he changed positions in college to receiver from…kicker? How does that happen? Sorry Gunner. Nice story last year. But there are too many waaaaay better options this time around.
Locks: Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene
In: Matt LaCosse
Out: Ryan Izzo, Rashod Berry, Jake Burt
Comments: Think they keep the veteran LaCosse around to help bring the two draftees along. Maybe Matty has shaken the injuries and actually has something to show. They could keep Izzo for cheaper. But since he has been largely hurt for his two seasons here and not necessarily good when out on the field, my guess is he can slide to the practice squad for the time being.
Locks: Isaiah Wynn (LT), Joe Thuney (LG), David Andrews (C), Shaq Mason (RG),
In: Marcus Cannon (RT), Korey Cunningham (T), Jermaine Eluemunor (G), Yodny Cajuste (T), Hjalte Froholdt (G/C)
Out: Michael Onwenu (G), Najee Toran (G), Justin Herron (T), Dustin Woodard (C)
Comments: Could be some moving pieces here before the start of the year. If the Pats and Thuney can’t hammer out an extension for some cap relief, he could be dangled. Also, did you know that Cannon has the FIFTH highest cap charge on the books for 2020? The team has about 2 million of cap room left and still need to sign all of their draft picks. Sure, other guys could get released or they could restructure. But if most of his 9.6 mil comes off in a cut, this may be an easy one. Remember how bad he sucked last year?
It’s doubtful the Pats go this route, but I suppose you never know. The four dudes that are “in” aren’t necessarily so. But hard to believe that Cunningham and Eleumunor get axed, despite playing sparingly last season. The team gave up picks to get them. Then again, neither could play over the immortal (and royally horrific) Marshall Newhouse last season, so there is that. They also gave Jermaine a 2.1 mil tender. So maybe they have some hopes for him, in particular. Cajuste and Froholdt were 2019 draftees that spent all year on injured lists. Hard to see them not getting another chance. Though I’d love to find a way to get Onwenu on the roster. Because I think he ends up on it when the real season starts. Just can’t find the space for him on this right now.
Next: Defense and specialists.
Posted on May 11, 2020, in Uncategorized and tagged Brian Hoyer, Cam Newton, coronavirus, COVID-19, cuts, David Andrews, draft picks, football, James Develin, Jarrett Stidham, Julian Edelman, Justin Fields, Marcus Cannon, N'Keal Harry, New England Patriots, NFL, offensive line, reserves, roster, Salary cap, Sony Michel, Tight ends, Trevor Lawrence. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.