Every year, fans and media types pick their sleepers, binkies, favorites, whatever you want to call them, to make the 53-man roster this August. Much has been made already about Thomas Williams, an inside-linebacker that weighs in at 248 pounds, that more than one writer has tagged as a sleeper for the 2010 squad.
That said, we don’t see him making the squad. It has nothing to do Thomas, the former Jaguar and Seahawk, and everything to do with the vastly improved ILB situation of the Patriots. Jerod Mayo and Tyrone McKenzie will presumably be back at 100%, Brandon Spikes is going to be on the prowl, and Gary Guyton will still be challenging for a spot.
We see the Patriots keeping four ILB’s, which means the Patriots would be cutting ties with Eric Alexander as well. However, Alexander’s special-teams prowess, 12 tackles in 2009, might be enough to keep his roster spot.
Unless Williams is able to unseat Alexander as a special-teams ace, we see this sleeper waking up in another NFL city.