By: Steve Balestrieri
The Patriots head into training camp in just a few weeks and there should be plenty of competition at a number of spots. As a lead-in to the beginning of camp, we’ll break down the positions and give our take on who is a lock, a near lock for the 53-man roster and who is on the bubble.
Bill Belichick likes to say that the spring is a learning exercise and that the competition begins in training camp. While that is true to an extent, with 88 players on board, 35 of these current members of the roster now, at a minimum will be cut.
We’ve already looked at the running backs and wide receivers….next up are the tight ends. This area, like the WRs had a ton of question marks to begin 2014 that ended up being a huge area of strength for the team.
This spring Bill Belichick made a couple of surprise moves, timing-wise as the team released both Tim Wright and former Redskin Fred Davis. Davis was looking to find a new home after being out of the NFL last year, dealing with both a suspension and an Achilles injury. Wright was a surprise because he did have success with the Patriots in the red-zone during the early and middle parts of the season with six touchdowns from Tom Brady. He did fade production wise down the stretch but some of that had to do with Rob Gronkowski catching fire.
But the fact that neither was even brought to training camp signifies that neither was a deemed a fit for the team this season.
So who’s locked in and who’s on the bubble?
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