The New England Patriots are two weeks into coaching camp and their first preseason sport has but to be performed, which makes this the proper time for my manner too early 53-man roster projection. Did I feel extra with my coronary heart than my head right here? In all probability. Is it going to shock you? Effectively… In all probability.
However I made a decision to have some enjoyable with it, and make it look as shut as sensible as doable. So, right here we go.
In(2): Mac Jones, Bailey Zappe
Oct (1): Brian Hoyer
I feel the rookie has handed Brian Hoyer already, and there are different roster spots wanted. I’d be shocked if Hoyer does not find yourself on the observe squad, as a result of he’s right here to assist Mac Jones. That’s what he’s going to do that season, whether or not on the 53-man workforce or the emergency roster.
In (4): Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, Ty Montgomery, Pierre Robust
PUP (1): James White
Oct (2): JJ Taylor, Kevin Harris
No surprises actual right here, however I feel JJ Taylor is working out of time. He does not deliver the explosiveness that guys like Darren Sproles did, and so I do not assume he is making the workforce over a participant like Ty Montgomery (who has been far more concerned already). Rookie Kevin Harris might be on the Damien Harris observe of getting red-shirted this yr, probably on the observe squad.
In (6): Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers, Devante Parker, Tyquan Thornton, Tre Nixon
Oct (3): Josh Hammond, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Kristian Wilkerson
In case you’ve been listening to me or studying me for all of the final two years, you knew Tre Nixon was going to be on this checklist. I really assume he has a practical shot to make the workforce this yr. He had a tremendous spring, and he is been strong in coaching camp thus far. Nelson Agholor stays as nicely, as they don’t seem to be getting something again for him and his contract on the commerce market. In the event that they’re paying him anyway, he would possibly as nicely be on the workforce.
In (3): Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Dalton Keene
Oct (2): Devin Asiasi, Matt Sokol
Dalton Keene hasn’t been in a position to keep wholesome, however, if he can, I feel he will be the tight finish/fullback/H-back that this offense is on the lookout for, or not less than spell Jonnu Smith if he’s requested to do it Former third-round draft decide Devin Asiasi continues to be quiet, and I feel his time dele in New England would possibly really be coming to an finish sooner reasonably than later.
In (8): Trent Brown, Cole Unusual, David Andrews, Michael Onwenu, Isaiah Wynn, Justin Herron, James Ferentz, Drew Desjarlais
PUP (2): Chasen Hines, Andrew Stueber
Oct (6): Yodny Cajuste, Yasir Durant, Arlington Hambright, Invoice Murray, Kody Russey, William Sherman
We all know what the starters are going to seem like, however I feel three backups make sense. James Ferentz has the flexibility to play guard and heart, Justin Herron is your swing deal with, and Drew Desjarlais has been adequate in camp that I’d put the CFL standout on this checklist over any person like Arlington Hambright or William Sherman. I feel Chasen Hines and Andrew Stueber might finally overtake Desjarlais right here, however they seem like they are going to each be beginning the season on the bodily unable to carry out checklist.
In (6): Christian Barmore, Devon Godchaux, Deatrich Sensible Jr., Lawrence Man, Henry Anderson, LaBryan Ray
Oct (4): Carl Davis, Daniel Ekuale, Jeremiah Pharms Jr., Sam Roberts
Carl Davis, Daniel Ekuale, and Sam Roberts are all lacking from the 53-man workforce, however I feel not less than considered one of them — Roberts — will find yourself on the observe squad. Each Davis and Ekuale, in the meantime, is likely to be expendable due to the play of Henry Anderson and the undrafted rookie free agent LaBryan Ray. The latter is a captivating participant: expertise was by no means the query with him, well being was. If he can keep wholesome, which he has thus far, he would possibly be capable to crack the rotation by the tip of the yr.
In (7): Matthew Judon, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Raekwon McMillan, Mack Wilson Sr., Anfernee Jennings, Ronnie Perkins, Cameron McGrone
Oct (5): Josh Uche, Harvey Langi, DaMarcus Mitchell, Jahlani Tavai, Nate Wieland
That is not a typo: Josh Uche shouldn’t be on my checklist. He has been quiet in camp, and has seen loads of reps with the second-stringers. I feel, at this level, a change of surroundings is likely to be one of the best factor for him and the workforce. Cameron McGrone hasn’t finished a lot in camp both, however with all of the hype surrounding him this yr, I made a decision to maintain him on the checklist, assuming he is wholesome. It sounded Jahlani Tavai went down exhausting with a non-contact harm on Thursday, so there’s a probability he stays in New England however goes to injured reserve; all of that’s simply hypothesis at this cut-off date.
In (7): Jalen Mills, Terrance Mitchell ,Jonathan Jones, Marcus Jones, Jack Jones, Malcolm Butler, Myles Bryant
Oct (2): Shaun Wade, Joejuan Williams
This can be a deep unit, with a ton of velocity and athleticism throughout the board. Whereas there’s not a real No. 1, the entire gamers seem like they belong on the market and will be capable to contribute this yr. Jalen Mills has been the Patriots’ finest cornerback in camp, however Malcolm Butler has additionally been constructing some momentum and is likely to be primed to have a bounce-back yr.
In (5): Devin McCourty, Adrian Phillips, Kyle Dugger, Jabrill Peppers, Joshuah Bledsoe
Oct (2): Jalen Elliott, Brad Hawkins
This is likely to be New England’s most gifted group from prime to backside. I see the Patriots taking part in all 5 of their projected 53-man guys a very good quantity this season, and would not be shocked to see a number of of them on the sector without delay.
In (5): Nick People, Jake Bailey, Joe Cardona, Matthew Slater, Justin Bethel
Oct (4): Cody Davis, Brenden Schooler, Tristan Vizcaino, Jake Julien
Cody Davis is likely to be a minor shock, however aside from that the checklist appears to be like as anticipated. UDFA Brenden Schooler virtually made this checklist, however the reality that he’s going to completely play within the kicking sport ought to enable the Patriots to have the ability to sneak him onto the observe squad.
So, there you’ve it. Is it going to be excellent? Clearly not, however I used to be in a position to maintain the fellows I actually wished, and in addition make what I feel is a considerably sensible preliminary 53-man roster accounting for the annual Invoice Belichick shock transfer. That is a win, so far as I am involved.