Reaction: Patriots Initial 53 Man Roster

Julian Edelman could be a breakout star based on the makeup of the roster.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Patriots were able to cut their roster down to the league mandated 53 tonight. As expected there were some surprises and some decisions that left people a little curious. How does the roster breakdown position by position? Who are the first players to go if the Patriots claim someone on waivers? Check it out here.

Quarterback (2) – Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett

Running Back (4) – Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Brandon Bolden

Wide Receiver (4) – Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater

Tight End (4) – Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells, Visanthe Shiancoe

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

Offensive Guard (3) – Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly, Donald Thomas

Center (2) – Ryan Wendell, Nick McDonald

Defensive Tackle (5) – Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Brandon Deaderick, Ron Brace, Marcus Forston

Defensive End (6) – Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jermaine Cunningham, Trevor Scott, Jake Bequette, Justin Francis

Linebackers (6) – Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Dont’a Hightower, Bobby Carpenter, Tracy White, Mike Rivera

Cornerbacks (6) – Devin McCourty, Ras-I Dowling, Kyle Arrington, Sterling Moore, Alfonzo Dennard, Marquice Cole

Safeties (4) – Patrick Chung, Steve Gregory, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner

Specialists (3) – Stephen Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko, Danny Aiken

Final Total – Offense (22)/Defense (27)/Specialists(3)/ Open Roster Spot(1)

PUP (2): Myron Pryor, Markus Zusevics

Injured Reserve (7): Will Allen, Josh Barrett, Jeff Demps, Dane Fletcher, Brad Herman, Spencer Larsen, Jamey Richard

Reserve/Did Not Report: Brian Waters (OG)


The initial roster breaks down a little off balance. They cut the roster by an extra player down to 52 meaning another player is going to be brought in this weekend. Brian Waters could be that players, as could a wide receiver or fullback. The most disappointing move of the day in my opinion was the news that Jeff Demps was being placed on season ending IR. There could be many reasons as to why Demps (who appeared to suffer a MINOR injury Wednesday) was placed on IR). He had only been with the team for two weeks, needed to add weight and probably wasn’t where he needed to be in the playbook. This becomes a red shirt year for him and he can come back better equipt to handle NFL football next year.

The offense is made up of four running backs, four tight ends and only four receivers. It’s still a lot of weapons but, the depth at receiver is concerning. It’s time for Julian Edelman to become a factor in the offense and he showed all preseason that he could be a breakout player. Keeping a fourth tight end seemed to be a priority of the team since the off-season where they targeted multiple tight ends to sign. Whether Shiancoe, who missed most of camp with an injury is on the roster week one remains to be seen. Shiancoe could be gone if the team signs a fifth wide receiver or fullback.

On defense, they elected to keep 27 players which is usually one or two more players than usual. Both Justin Francis and Marcus Forston made the team as an UDFA. While both can celebrate tonight, they should be holding their breath, because if another player can be claimed they are the first ones to go. Tracy White made the squad despite missing all of training camp with an unknown injury. Mike Rivera beat out Niko Koutivides and Jeff Tarpinian for the final LB spot. His play against the Giants could have been the deciding factor. In the secondary, the Patriots made the wise decision to keep six quality cornerbacks and only four safeties. The decision came down to keeping rookie CB Alfonzo Dennard/Marquice Cole or Safety James Ihedigbo. Dennard has too much potential to risk losing on waivers and Cole has been a special teams standout in preseason games. This defense appears to be much deeper, much more athletic and much younger than last year’s defense.

First Players to Go: Marcus Forston, Mike Rivera, Visanthe Shiancoe, Justin Francis, Donald Thomas

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7 Responses to “Reaction: Patriots Initial 53 Man Roster”

  1. jibri says:

    We should get Jordan Wight the jet waived him

  2. Jesse says:

    So they added WR Salas from STL, wonder if they will keep 5 WR & 4 TE or is Shiancoe on his way out?

    • DWE2012 says:

      Salas sound’s like a promising move, especially for a “LATE” rounder…..whatever that means?

  3. Larry says:

    No one gets cut if Waters comes back they still have 1 open slot to fill………….. If Gafney recovers from the leg injury he comes back and either Shiancoe or Rivera is cut…………………The new CBA allows a team to bring back one player off I/R during a season………………. That player will be Demps unless he is seriously hurt…………………

    • qwerty says:

      Found out that Demps had to be placed on IR after Sept 4th in order to be eligible to come back in season so he is not coming back.

  4. td says:

    This means that the bottom 6-7 guys are now on the bubble.

    Who goes when/if Waters comes back-his locker and number are still intact.

    Also, who goes when they pick up new guys and who if any will be the next Ventrone yo-yo

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