2012 Patriots Roster Projection: Version 2.0

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Is Dan Koppen destined to be a surprise cut this year? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Patriots play their first pre-season game tomorrow night with vs. the Saints, which means the Patriots are two weeks into their season and a lot has already changed. We have seen the retirement of a well known offensive linemen, some injuries and the emergence of young players. Although the competition for positions is fierce, the picture has gotten a little clearer.

Here is my second attempt at predicting how the Patriots roster will breakdown at the end of August.

Quarterbacks (3):Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett

Running Backs (3): Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead

Fullback (1): Spencer Larsen

Tight Ends (3): Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Visanthe Shiancoe

Wide Receivers (6): Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, Jabar Gaffney, Julian Edelman, Deion Branch, Matthew Slater

Offensive Tackle (3): Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon

Offensive Guard (4): Logan Mankins, Brian Waters, Donald Thomas, Nick McDonald

Center (2): Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell

Defensive Tackle (4): Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Jonathan Fanene, Brandon Deaderick

Defensive Ends/Rush LB (6): Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones, Trevor Scott, Jake Bequette, Justin Francis, Jermaine Cunningham

Linebackers (6): Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Dont’a Hightower, Bobby Carpenter, Dane Fletcher, Jeff Tarpinian

Cornerbacks (5): Devin McCourty, Ras-I Dowling, Kyle Arrington, Sterling Moore, Alfonzo Dennard

Safties (4): Patrick Chung, Steve Gregory, Tavon Wilson, James Ihedigbo

Specialists (3): Steven Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko, Danny Aiken

Last Cuts: Dan Koppen (OC), Gerard Warren (DT), Josh Barrett (S), Tracy White (LB), Donte Stallworth (WR), Matt Kopa (OT)

Practice Squad: Brandon Bolden (RB), Matt Kopa (OT), Alex Silvestro (TE/DE), Nate Ebner (S), Jeremy Ebert (WR), Marcus Fortston (DT), Kyle Hix (OT)

Placed on PUP: Daniel Fells (TE), Myron Pryor (DT), Markus Zusevics (OT)

Injured Reserve: Jake Ballard, Brad Herman

Breakdown: Dan Koppen is a tough cut, but Dan Connolly is a better and more versatile player right now. If the team decides to keep Koppen, it will mean that either Wendell or McDonald will be cut. With McDonald getting reps at OT and the Patriots dangerously thin at tackle McDonald is a valuable player to have on the roster. Gerard Warren also is among the last cuts.

If the Patriots keep a fifth DT, he would be the guy. But, with Justin Francis and Jake Bequette getting sub package reps at DT, the Patriots opt to keep the edge players over interior run stuffer. A much longer breakdown will come out in the weeks to come.

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9 Responses to “2012 Patriots Roster Projection: Version 2.0”

  1. kdog says:

    Based on what they did last year, I think you should conceive of this as a 52-man exercise, with the 53rd slot being used to meet short term needs (DGronk, Welch, NateJones, Ventrone, etc.)

    The cut you would need to make to get down to 52 would likely come from the DE/rushLB slot. Trevor Scott might be in trouble. . .

    Otherwise, I like your list. Gerard Warren and maybe the Stallworth/Branch loser are prime for the “be ready” list.

  2. AM says:

    I’d be surprised to see Larsen make the team instead of Bolden. At this point, it sounds like only Kettani has been healthy enough to play at FB, and it’s hard to believe that he would bring more to the team than Bolden.

  3. Larry says:

    Scott is gone Copen stays, Larsen is gone Bolden stays, Carpenter is gone Kopa stays because they need another tackle…….

  4. kevan says:

    ron brace makes the team, cunningham is an end y u got him listed at lb?

  5. kevan says:

    dan koppen makes the team. 1 2 3 4

  6. kevan says:

    brandon bolden wont make it to the PS, a team will snag him.

  7. Matt says:

    yeah i’d cut Larsen and put Bolden on there if they’re going to have TEs running as HBs.

    Add Jeremiah Warren to PS and put Will Allen and Gerard Warren on the emergency call list.

  8. Scott in Iowa says:

    With Cunningham listed as an LB but getting his snaps at DE, you seem to be awfully heavy on edge rushers. Could probably do without one of them (Scott or Francis) in favor of someone like Bolden or an extra DB.

    • Pete says:

      agreed. i think Bolden is making the team. I wonder if Brace makes the team over Francis since we have so many edge rushers.
      my picks are pretty close to this though.

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