Patriots Early 53 Man Roster Projection

Patriots Early 53 Man Roster Projection

Steve Balestrieri
April 30, 2013 at 03:37pm ET

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With the NFL Draft in the books the New England Patriots can now commence with the off-season workouts with most of the team it will bring to training camp. We decided to do an early projection on what the final roster will look like.There is still nearly three months until that begins, so there remains plenty of time to tinker with the roster, and the team may still add a veteran free agent (rumors of John Abraham still persist) or two.

But here is a list on who is currently on the roster and those players in bold are those we to make the team.

Bill Belichick loves to create competition in camp and this one will be no different. With a totally revamped wide receiver corps in place, its imperative that Tom Brady gets all of the WRs on the same page as far as the offense goes.It is a big challenge but this group on paper seems very talented and promising.

The addition of a healthy Jake Ballard would add to the smooth flowing of the offense. One thing that stands out is the size of the targets that Brady can look to in the red-zone is pretty impressive.

Quarterback (2)

Tom Brady

Ryan Mallett

Mike Kafka

No brainer here, Brady is entrenched at the starter position, the Mallett trade rumors were exactly that. But these two will lead the team into 2013.

Running Back (5)

Steven Ridley

Brandon Bolden

LaGarette Blount

Shane Vereen

Leon Washington

Quentin Hines

The team could opt to go with four RBs in a pinch and Blount and Bolden could be fighting it out for a final roster spot, because neither is a lock at this point. The rest are. Ridley is the team’s first two down back and Vereen and Washington can split some third down snaps. Bolden and Blount will look to back up Vereen and provide short yardage.

Full Back (0)

James Develin

Ben Bartholomew

Once again I believe the team takes no FBs into the roster to start the season.

Wide Receiver- “X” (3)

Aaron Dobson

Josh Boyce

Mike Jenkins

Matthew Slater

Andre Holmes

Kamar Aiken

Kenbrell Thompkins

Dobson, Boyce and Slater for his STs skill are locks. How effective they are this season will depend entirely upon them. Jenkins falls victim to a numbers game.

Wide Receiver- “Z” (3)

Danny Amendola

Julian Edelman

Donald Jones

T.J. Moe

Don’t write off Moe too early, he may force their hand into keeping another WR and at the least may find himself on the practice squad. Amendola, Edelman and Jones are versatile enough to play outside or in the slot.

Tight End (4)

Rob Gronkowski

Aaron Hernandez

Jake Ballard

Daniel Fells

Michael Hoomanawanui

Zach Sudfeld

Brandon Ford

The health of Gronkowski and Hernandez may have a bearing on the final list here, but for now Hoomanawanui beats out Fells for the final slot.

Tackle (3)

Nate Solder

Sebastian Vollmer

Martin Zusevics

Will Svitek

Elvis Fisher

Solder and Vollmer are locks, I think Svitek will outlast Zucsevics who doesn’t have his experience.

Guard (4)

Logan Mankins

Dan Connolly

Nick McDonald

Marcus Cannon

Josh Kline

Chris McDonald

Mankins and Connolly are entrenched as the starters but McDonald and Cannon both make the roster because they are able to fill in either inside or outside. Cannon may push Connolly for the starters position this summer.

Center (1)

Ryan Wendell

Matt Stankiewitch

Wendell is the starter here but Stankiewitch will be a candidate for the practice squad.

Defensive Ends (4)

Chandler Jones

Rob Ninkovich

Jermaine Cunningham

Jake Bequette

Justin Francis

Jason Vega

Michael Buchanan

Marcus Bernard

This will be a hotly contested position in camp, CFL vet and Northeastern alum Vega doesn’t make the cut, Bequette, Cunningham, Francis and Buchanan will be fighting for snaps and their jobs every day.

Defensive Tackles (4)

Vince Wilfork

Tommy Kelly

Kyle Love

Armond Armstead

Brandon Deaderick

Joe Vellano

Cory Grissom

Dwayne Cherrington

Deaderick who has had a hard time staying healthy will have a tough time making the roster. The additions of Kelly and Armstead push him out. Watch for Vellano an undersized but tough customer who may play himself into at least a practice squad job.

Linebackers (6)

Jerod Mayo

Brandon Spikes

Dont’a Hightower

Dane Fletcher

Tracy White

Jamie Collins

Steve Beauharnais

Mike Rivera

Niko Koutouvides

The team upgraded their speed and coverage ability with Collins and Beauharnais. White whose primary value was on STs will be forced out. Collins will move around, inside and outside as well as possibly at DE in some sub-packages but for now will be a 3rd down OLB.

Cornerbacks (6)

Aqib Talib

Alfonzo Dennard

Kyle Arrington

Logan Ryan

Ras-I Dowling

Marquise Cole

Stephon Ross

Brandon Jones

For once the Patriots CBs seem to be a position of strength, the starting trio of Talib, Dennard and Arrington in the slot was solid when they played together down the stretch last season. Ryan will be a very capable back-up who may be looking at replacing Talib at the end of next season if he decides to leave. Dowling is by no means a lock nor Cole but at least Cole provides solid STs experience. Dowling must stay on the field this summer if he wants to be here in Sept.

Safeties (5)

Devin McCourty

Steve Gregory

Adrian Wilson

Tavon Wilson

Nate Ebner

Duron Harmon

Kanorris Davis

The safety position seems on paper to be much more solid now with McCourty and Adrian Wilson as your starters. Gregory beats out Ebner because he’s a much better FS and the SS position with the two Wilsons and Harmon should be set.

Special Teams (3)

Stephen Gostkowski-K

Zoltan Mesko-P

Ryan Allen-P

Danny Aiken-LS

Mike Zupancic-LS

No changes here, all three returning starters are solid, but a little competition is never a bad thing.

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