2014 New England Patriots: Roster Projection Version 1.0

Will Pat Chung stick with the Patriots the second time around?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Perhaps the biggest roster questions heading into the season for the Patriots has already been answered. Rob Gronkowski is cleared to play and will not begin the season on PUP.

With his status cleared up, the most significant roster questions reside on the offensive and defensive lines. How will those positions shake out as training camp unfolds?

Here is what I project the Patriots 53-man roster to look like at the end of summer.

 


Offense (25)

Quarterbacks (3): Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, Jimmy Garappolo

Running Backs (4): Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, James White, Brandon Bolden

Fullback/H-Back (1): James Develin

Tight Ends (2): Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui

Wide Receivers (6): Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson*, Brandon LaFell, Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce

Offensive Tackles (4): Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon (OG), Cameron Fleming

Offensive Guards (4): Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly (OC), Jon Halapio, Josh Kline

Centers (1): Bryan Stork

Defense (24)

Defensive Ends (4): Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Will Smith, Zach Moore

Defensive Tackles (5): Vince Wilfork, Dominique Easley, Tommy Kelly, Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones

Linebackers (6): Jerod Mayo, Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, James Anderson, Cameron Gordon, Chris White

Cornerbacks (5*): Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner (Susp.), Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Dax Swanson*

Safeties (4): Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner, Jemea Thomas

Specialists (4): Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen, Matthew Slater, Danny Aiken

Final Cuts: Ryan Wendell, Michael Buchanan, Patrick Chung, Joe Vellano, Justin Green, Steve Beauharnais

Practice Squad: Stephen Houston (RB), Roy Finch (RB), Travis Hawkins (CB), Jeremy Gallon (WR), Asa Watson (TE), Chris Barker (OG), Ja’Gared Davis (LB), Eathyn Malumaleuna (DT)

- Aaron Dobson is a candidate to begin the season on the PUP list, until he practices. If Dobson starts on PUP the Patriots would add another RB.

- Tommy Kelly could potentially be stashed on the PUP list until after week 6.

- Brandon Browner won’t count against the 53 man roster for the first four weeks, allowing Dax Swanson or Justin Green to sneak on the roster.

- There isn’t another Tight End on the current roster that is worthy of a roster spot. In this situation James Develin garners major snaps as the 3rd Tight End and only Fullback on the roster.

- Brandon Bolden is reluctantly on the roster, but there is a very real possibility the team cuts for one of the UDFAs or to use the roster spot at another position.

- The 5th and 6th Linebackers on the roster will be Special Teams players as always. Two from the group of Chris White, Cameron Gordon, Steve Beauharnais, Josh Hull, and Darius Fleming will make it.

- Carrying three Quarterbacks adds another dynamic and essentially takes away a roster spot from a bubble player.

- Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell both won’t make the roster. Connolly has the bigger cap hit, but also adds OG/OC versatility. Unless Josh Kline shows he can play some Center then Connolly’s spot gets more tenuous. But, with a handful of Offensive Linemen that can’t be cut the more versatile player is likely to make it.

- Don’t immediately write Patrick Chung off the roster. The team is thrilled to have him back in a Special Teams and depth capacity. He’s probably the next player on the roster in this scenario.

Tags: Aaron Dobson, Pat Chung, Roster Projection

10 Responses to “2014 New England Patriots: Roster Projection Version 1.0”

  1. Trev says:

    Very, very good projection. I would be very happy if it ends up this way. I would maybe sway Chris White out for Buchannan, but that’s getting pretty picky. I think either Ebner or Chung will make it, not both. That will be an interesting battle to watch.

    • steve earle says:

      If it comes down to Ebner or Chung I think Chung has an edge in the flexability dept. No prediction, just saying.

  2. Lucas Meneghel says:

    Where’s Tavon Wilson? Had 4 INT in his rookie season and after that, simply disappeared

  3. ReneKicker says:

    Ebner out- Chung in
    Gordon out – Beauharnais in
    And they will keep a 5th running back untill Browner is active

    • steve earle says:

      Excuse me if I’m wrong but didn’t Beauharnais only play one defensive snap last year? I think that’s what I read on the previous page. Nor do I recall him making any impact on special teams last year. He was healthy, so what inspires your thinking that something will be different this year? What am I missing?

      • Dylan.C says:

        Read that he took reps with the green helmet on the second team during spring practices, and was being a vocal leader.

        Doesn’t mean allot but if he can show value on both st & as the backup mike lb than I think that would warrant a roster spot.

        • steve earle says:

          Yes, agree but has yet to show those things so hard to project him in place of someone else at this point. Not putting anyone down but it’s just to early to say guys at the bottom of the roster are this or are that. I hope he does come on strong this year as I hope they all do but I’m not making any predictions until I see/read that they are doing something to warrent it.

  4. Ryan says:

    I think it would be tough to cut Buchanan and maybe, Beauharnais. Both have flashed been in the program for a season, both should be much better. Could definitely see Will Smith being cut.

    • steve earle says:

      Agree about Buchanan he showed enough to make me think he has a fair chance to make it. All will depend on his improvement in camp this year. Not nearly as confident about Beauharnais. Never say never though and hope for the best for both.

    • Freemanator says:

      Really hope Buchanan makes it. Has great athletic potential, and would hope he’d do enough to make the roster as the #3-4 DE, or at least be worth more than a LB, given his ST contributions last year too.

      If he is making progress with his technique, instincts, understanding of the game and adding weight, he could become a great complement to Nink and Jones.






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