Patriots 53 Man Roster Projection 3.0

Steve Balestrieri
August 04, 2013 at 08:28am ET

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The New England Patriots have finished the first 8 days of training camp and now are preparing for their first pre-season game as well as joint practices against the Philadelphia Eagles this coming week.

We did our Roster 2.0 in June after Mini-camp and think it’s a good time to do the third version now. Look for version 4.0 in about 2 weeks after some pre-season action. All players are listed, players in bold are projected keepers.

Tom Brady and the Patriots offense will have a lot of new faces on it this season. (FILE:USPresswire)

Quarterbacks (3)

Tom Brady

Ryan Mallett

Tim Tebow

All three quarterbacks make the roster, no change there. Tebow is an intriguing prospect at QB. The team has invested a lot of time and effort into developing his skills and has had him working with Coach Brian Daboll exclusively every day. Mallett is still inconsistent at times but has improved.

Running Backs (4)

Stevan Ridley

Shane Vereen

Brandon Bolden

Leon Washington

LaGarette Blount

George Winn

Blount loses out to Bolden who has looked much sharper in training camp thus far. Blount just seems slow to hit the holes and isn’t a big a factor in the passing game. Winn is a candidate for the practice squad.

FullBacks (0)

Ben Bartholomew

James Develin

The Patriots won’t be keeping a fullback this season, they’ve worked Develin around a bit but it won’t be enough to stick.

Wide Receiver “X” (4)

Aaron Dobson

Michael Jenkins

Matthew Slater

Kamar Aiken

Kenbrell Thompkins

Mark Harrison

Quentin Sims

Jonathan Haggerty

Thompkins has worked his way onto the roster and should get lots of reps. Jenkins started camp strong but has tailed off and is now hurt. Aiken is nosing him out at this point, but veteran presence may yet win him back a job. Dobson has developed quickly. Slater is a captain, a special teams Pro-Bowler and one of the best in the league at that.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment has been Harrison who possesses incredible size and athleticism to be a big part of the offense. He’s been unable to get on the field due to an injury and is falling far behind in the development process.

Wide Receiver “Z” (3) 

Danny Amendola

Julian Edelman

Josh Boyce

Amendola is everything they hoped for at this point and has quickly got in tune with Brady. Boyce has stepped up his game in camp thus far and can run inside or outside. Edelman is healthy (for now at least) and has Brady’s trust as well as being a valuable punt returner.

Tight End (4)

Rob Gronkowski

Jake Ballard

Daniel Fells

Michael Hoomanawanui

Zach Sudfeld

Brandon Ford

Jake Ballard is really struggling with his surgically repaired knee and has been hobbling badly before missing Saturday’s practice. Sudfeld has stepped up his play and is becoming a valuable target in the passing game. Ford, a converted wide receiver hasn’t flashed and has had numerous drops.

Tackle (3)

Nate Solder

Sebastian Vollmer

Martin Zusevics

Will Svitek

R.J. Mattes

Kevin Haslem

Bruce Schwab

Solder and Vollmer are locks as solid starters, Svitek was a good quality pickup and can spot start if needed. Zusevics is an intriguing player and the team may yet find a way to keep him.

Guard (4)

Logan Mankins

Dan Connolly

Marcus Cannon

Josh Kline

Chris McDonald

Tyronne Green

Luke Patterson

Mankins is locked in at one position and Connolly is fighting it out with Cannon although both are hurt now at the other. Cannon has the versatility to play guard or tackle. With injuries Green has been getting a lot of quality reps with the first team. It could bode well for him at camp cut-down time.

Center (1)

Ryan Wendell

No change

Defensive Ends (5)

Chandler Jones

Rob Ninkovich

Jermaine Cunningham

Jake Bequette

Justin Francis

Jason Vega

Michael Buchanan

Marcus Benard

Jones and Ninkovich are locks and a big jump in production is expected in Jones’ second season. Benard has really stepped up his play in recent days and now healthy after two seasons of frustration, he could be the reclamation project of this season. Buchanan goes to the practice squad.

Defensive Tackles (4)

Vince Wilfork

Tommy Kelly

Armond Armstead

Marcus Forston

Joe Vellano

Cory Grissom

Anthony Rashad White

Scott Vallone

Wilfork and Kelly look to be a dynamic pair, Armstead was expected to contribute but surgery to correct an infection may land him on the IR and able to return later this season. Forston in his absence has logged quality snaps and played well. The final spot could come down to Grissom or Vellano.

Linebackers (6)

Jerod Mayo

Brandon Spikes

Dont’a Hightower

Dane Fletcher

Jamie Collins

Steve Beauharnais

Jeff Tarpinian

Mike Rivera

Niko Koutouvides

A.J. Edds

No change, the top three starters are firmly entrenched although Spikes will not be the 3-down player he hoped to be, Fletcher and Collins are getting good reps in sub-packages and Hightower has been very good in all three downs. Beauharnais got some first team reps this week and is a solid tackler.

Cornerbacks (5)

Aqib Talib

Alfonzo Dennard

Kyle Arrington

Logan Ryan

Ras-I Dowling

Marquise Cole

Justin Green

Brandon Jones

With Dowling once again on the shelf with an injury, his position is anything but a lock and may be pushed by Cole. Talib has had a fantastic camp; Dennard stood out the first few days as well but hasn’t seen much work lately. Perhaps it is only the team seeing how can step up in his absence if his court case goes bad for him.

Safeties (4)

Devin McCourty

Steve Gregory

Adrian Wilson

Tavon Wilson

Nate Ebner

Duron Harmon

Kanorris Davis

A big but somewhat overlooked story thus far is how far down the chart Tavon Wilson has dropped. He was supposed to challenge Adrian Wilson for starting snaps but has not done so and has been seen taking reps with the third unit. Adrian Wilson and Gregory have been sharing starting reps and with McCourty taking some reps at CB this week, the starters were both A. Wilson and Gregory. Duron Harmon has played well thus far in his rookie camp and earned some first team reps as well.

Special Teams (3)

Stephen Gostkowski-K

Zoltan Mesko-P

Ryan Allen-P

Danny Aiken-LS

No changes here for now but Allen the Ray Guy Award winner from Louisiana Tech was out-punting Mesko in the early going of camp. Mesko has since turned it up a notch and both are punting very well with Mesko now getting the nod over better situational work and pinning the ball deep inside the 10 yard line.

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