Final 53-Man Roster Projection (Matthew Jones, August 30th)

Will special-teams contributor and developmental strong safety Nate Ebner make the final cut? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Tomorrow represents the deadline for New England to cut their roster down to the league-mandated limit of 53 players, which means it’s time for my final roster projection of the preseason. Read on to find out who’s projected to make the cut.


1. QB Tom Brady
2. QB Ryan Mallett
3. QB Tim Tebow
4. RB Stevan Ridley
5. RB Shane Vereen
6. RB LeGarrette Blount
7. RB Brandon Bolden
8. FB James Develin
9. WR Danny Amendola
10. WR Kenbrell Thompkins
11. WR Aaron Dobson
12. WR Julian Edelman
13. WR Josh Boyce
14. WR Matthew Slater
15. TE Rob Gronkowski
16. TE Zach Sudfeld
17. TE Michael Hoomanawanui
18. OT Nate Solder
19. OT Sebastian Vollmer
20. OT Will Svitek
21. OG Logan Mankins
22. OG Marcus Cannon
23. OG Dan Connolly
24. OC Ryan Wendell
25. DT Vince Wilfork
26. DT Tommy Kelly
27. DT Marcus Forston
28. DT Joe Vellano
29. DE Chandler Jones
30. DE Rob Ninkovich
31. DE Justin Francis
32. DE Marcus Benard
33. DE Michael Buchanan
34. DE Jake Bequette
35. LB Jerod Mayo
36. LB Brandon Spikes
37. LB Dont’a Hightower
38. LB Jamie Collins
39. LB Dane Fletcher
40. LB Steve Beauharnais
41. CB Aqib Talib
42. CB Alfonzo Dennard
43. CB Kyle Arrington
44. CB Logan Ryan
45. CB Marquice Cole
46. FS Devin McCourty
47. FS Tavon Wilson
48. SS Steve Gregory
49. SS Duron Harmon
50. SS Nate Ebner
51. PK Stephen Gostkowski
52. PN Zoltan Mesko
53. LS Danny Aiken


1. RB Quentin Hines
2. WR Kamar Aiken
3. WR Mark Harrison
4. WR T.J. Moe
5. OT Elvis Fisher
6. OT Brice Schwab
7. OT Markus Zusevics
8. OG Tyronne Green
9. DT Armond Armstead
10. DT Cory Grissom


1. RB George Winn
2. WR Quentin Sims
3. OG Chris McDonald
4. OC Matt Stankiewitch
5. DT Gilbert Pena
6. LB Ja’Gared Davis
7. LB Jeff Tarpinian
8. CB Justin Green


1. RB Leon Washington
2. FB Ben Bartholomew
3. WR Johnathan Haggerty
4. TE Jake Ballard
5. TE Daniel Fells
6. OT Luke Patterson
7. OG Josh Kline
8. DT Scott Vallone
9. DE Jermaine Cunningham
9. LB Mike Rivera
10. CB Stephon Morris
10. SS Kanorris Davis
11. SS Adrian Wilson
12. PN Ryan Allen

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6 Responses to “Final 53-Man Roster Projection (Matthew Jones, August 30th)”

  1. alex c says:

    Tebow has accomplished more than Mallet and is a proven winner at Florida and in turning Denver around. Tebow has the intangibles that you can’t teach-keep him. And keep Sims over Slater. Slater can’t catch and Sims will be a good nfl receiver when given the chance, hopefully by the Patriots. Obviously those 2 td’s from Tebow to Sims won’t go unoticed and NE won’t be able to slip Sims on the practice squad.

  2. steve earle says:

    Keeping Tebow would be poor stratagy because he would be only on the bench. If the worst happened and Tom went down it would be Mallett who come off the bench and if cut Tebow could be resigned easily as no other team will pick him up.

  3. Pete says:

    If there’s no value at SS off the waiver wire, I’m thinking Adrian Wilson makes this team considering our depth.
    I’m torn over the idea of cutting Washington and keeping Tebow or keeping an extra DE with all the injuries there right now.

    here’s what I came up with…
    QB (2) Brady, Mallett
    RB (6) Ridley, Vereen, Bolden, Blount, Washington
    FB (1) Develin
    WR (6) Amendola, Thompkins, Dobson, Boyce, Edelman, Slater
    TE (3) Gronkowski, Hoomanawanui, Sudfeld
    C (1) Wendell
    G (4) Mankins, Connolly, Cannon, Kline
    T (3) Vollmer, Solder, Svitek
    DE (5) Ninkovich, Jones, Francis, Benard, Buchanan
    DT (4) Wilfork, Kelly, Forston, Vellano
    ILB(3) Spikes, Fletcher, Beauharnais
    OLB(3) Mayo, Hightower, Collins
    CB (5) Talib, Dennard, Arrington, Ryan, Cole
    SS (2) Wilson, Wilson
    FS (3) McCourty, Gregory, Harmon
    ST (3) Gostkowski, Aiken, Mesko

    • MatthewJones says:

      Pete, interesting thoughts on the roster projection. I’m just not sure that Wilson, who turns 34 in October, really has the upside to warrant keeping on the roster given that he didn’t play particularly well against pro backups. I ended up going with Ebner because of a combination of his youth, salary, and special-teams value.

    • steve earle says:

      I like most of your 53 only Adrian Wilson concerns me though Matt keeping Ebner instead doesn’t fill me with confidence either. It could be that the wavers might provide an alternative, not a starter but an upgraded backup?

    • Gerry Power says:

      Adrian Willson has not shown the on field strength he was projected to add, so he should go. Gregory has proven to be a liability, especially at the end of last year. One can hope that a waivered FA can be added this week.

      To my eye Mesko is not a clear choice. Allen clearly has skill, and could do the punting job for less of a cap hit. Only Mesko’s holding job saves his spot, just barely.

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