Ranking the Patriots Roster from #90 to #1

#53) Spencer Larsen, FB – Versatile FB who can contribute on special teams and offers more in terms of pass catching than Fiammetta does. Larsen was a favorite of McDaniels’ in Denver and likely had a hand in bringing him to New England.

#52) Will Allen, CB/FS – Veteran DB who has played well against the Patriots in the AFC East. Allen has the ability to play CB as well as FS. His versatility along with his experience make him a viable option for the last CB spot on the roster.

#51) Visanthe Shiancoe, TE – Just signed with the Patriots. Will give them yet another capable and experienced tight end. Has great size and can create mismatches. When he has played with a legitimate QB, he has put up good numbers.

#50) Gerard Warren, DT – Warren is on his last legs, but has still been a reliable run defender when called on. Warren is a great locker room guy and his teammate love him.

#49) Alfonzo Dennard, CB – Dennard has second round talent, but fell to the 7th round thanks to an arrest just prior to the draft. Dennard will have to play like a second round CB, because their is an opportunity for him to play if he does. Dennard is either going to be on the roster or play somewhere else, because there is no way he makes it through waivers to the practice squad.

#48) James Ihedigbo, S – Ihedigbo is a very good special teams player, who was forced to start at safety last year due to injuries. While he is a capable back-up safety, he’s not a starter. Good chance he makes the roster as a core-four special teams player.

#47) Ryan Wendell, OG/OC – Wendell has stayed in Foxboro longer than many have thought. Has become a reliable back-up and injury replacement at both OG and OC. With Koppen and Connolly both returning he will return to this back-up role. He could also, be a surprise cut, if one of the younger and cheaper linemen beat him out.

#46) Jermaine Cunningham, DE/OLB – Cunningham could be a valuable situational pass rusher for the Patriots if he stays healthy. Cunningham has to prove he was worth a mid-second round pick. It’s too early to give up on him, but the clock’s ticking.

#45) Julian Edelman, WR/KR – Has done very little at WR since the Ravens playoff game two years ago. Contributed on defense last year when injuries arose and has become on of the best punt returners in the league. Roster spot isn’t guaranteed with so much talent at the wide receiver position. However the Patriots lack return men, which makes it more likely he makes the team.

#44) Daniel Fells, TE – Fells was signed to be the 3rd tight end. He will help shoulder some of the work load from Gronkowski and Hernandez. Has been placed on Active/PUP, so there is some concern about his health at least to start.

#43) Tavon Wilson, S – Wilson was a shocking pick in the second round and I am anxious to see what he has. A player like Wilson is sorely needed on the defense, so it’s important he lives up to the draft pick.

#42) Dane Fletcher, LB – Fletcher was an UDFA the same year as Cunningham and has proven to be a better player. Fletcher can play multiple LB spots as well as contribute on special teams. He is a Bill Belichick type player and a key reserve on the defense.

#41) Brandon Deaderick, DE – Started last season on the PUP list, but by seasons end he was a starter at defensive end. Not a flashy player, but he gets the job done.

#40) Robert Gallery, OT/OG – One of only a few players on the roster who can play guard and tackle. While he hasn’t played great the past few years, I expect OL Coach Dante Scarnecchia to get the most out of him. Has been a long time Bill Belichick favorite.

#39) Joseph Addai, RB – If healthy Addai will provide a veteran presence at a position with young talent. Addai is a solid pass catching and pass blocking running back , which is incredibly valuable in the Patriots offensive scheme.

#38) Jake Bequette, DE – A four year player at the University of Arkansas. Is a polished pass rusher and has a wide array of pass rushing moves. Could have more of an impact than any other rookie. Don’t sleep on this kid, he can play.

#37) Deion Branch, WR – Is a valuable player to the Patriots aerial attack and has such great chemistry with QB Tom Brady. However, Branch has a diminishing skill set and will be in a battle for a roster spot. His experience in the offense will likely be too much to cut.

#36) Brian Hoyer, QB – While Hoyer is ahead of Mallett on the depth chart, he doesn’t have anywhere near the talent or potential. Hoyer is also an UFA after the season, so a pre-season trade can’t be ruled out.

#35) Trevor Scott, DE – This might be a little high for Scott, but I expect him to step right in and pick up where Mark Anderson left off. Scott is actually a better all around player than Anderson, if he is healthy. He could be another Belichick “steal”.

#34) Ryan Mallett, QB – Mallett, by all reports has bought into the program. While he isn’t close to where he needs to be, he will be given the time to grow and develop behind Tom Brady. I am anxious to see how Ryan Mallett performs this pre-season.

#33) Steven Gostkowski, K – He’s just a kicker, but he’s a very good one. Gostkowski has been fairly reliable especially late in games. The Patriots locked him up with an extension, a sign they are very happy with their place kicker.

#32) Shane Vereen, RB – It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Vereen emerges as the #1 RB and makes a huge impact. There’s no doubt he has the most well-rounded skill set out of all the young running backs. Vereen needs to stay on the field and the rest will fall into place.

#31) Marcus Cannon, OT – Cannon will play a huge role this season, especially with Sebastian Vollmer starting the season on Active/PUP. Cannon will likely start the season as the #3 tackle, but he will see plenty of playing time.

#30) Sterling Moore, CB – Might be a little high, but based on what I saw late in the season last year, he will develop into one of the top four corners on the roster. If Moore plays like I think he can, the Patriots defense will be much better in 2012.

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2 Responses to “Ranking the Patriots Roster from #90 to #1”

  1. Jay says:

    Very informative article. keep up the great work.

  2. John F. Kerry says:

    I sincerely hope that the Patriots are able to figure that Aiken is only a luxury and that Connolly becomes this teams’ long snapper. This team should not have to waste a roster slot on a guy that only long snaps when this team have two starting centers.

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