Without any off-season machinations to be analyzing and college football still over two months away, we’ve decided to take an early crack at predicting what the Patriots opening-day roster might look like.
Quarterbacks – Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett (3)
Running Backs – Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley (4)
Wide Receivers – Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Taylor Price, Brandon Tate (5)
Tight Ends – Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Alge Crumpler, Lee Smith (4)
Offensive Line – Sebastian Vollmer, Dan Connolly, Dan Koppen, Matt Light, Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Mark Levoir, Ryan Wendell (8)
Defensive Line – Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Ron Brace, Marcus Stroud, Myron Pryor, Mike Wright, Brandon Deaderick, Kyle Love (8)
Linebackers – Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Jermaine Cunningham, Dane Fletcher, Eric Moore, Gary Guyton, Rob Ninkovich, Markell Carter, Tully Banta-Cain (9)
Cornerbacks – Devin McCourty, Leigh Bodden, Ras-I Dowling, Darius Butler, Kyle Arrington (5)
Safeties – Pat Chung, Brandon Meriweather, James Sanders, Sergio Brown (4)
Specialists – Stephen Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko, Matt Katula (3)
PUP – Marcus Cannon
Last four in – Darius Butler, Sergio Brown, Markell Carter, Alge Crumpler
Last four out – Tracy White, Matthew Slater, Jonathan Wilhite, Nick Kaczur
I think Butler’s potential eventually gives him the edge over Wilhite, who even at his best is not a starter in the NFL. White and Slater are great on special teams, but Markell Carter should give you everything White does with the added depth at linebacker. Kyle Arrington, with his role looking diminished with the addition of Ras-I Dowling, could again be the special teams demon in place of Slater. Crumpler’s leadership should earn him a spot, especially with rookie TE Lee Smith missing out on a summer’s worth of work.
We’ll certainly know a lot more once a CBA is reached, specifically the fate of important players like Logan Mankins, Kevin Faulk, Nick Kaczur, and Matt Light. Stay tuned!
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