15406Reiss projects the 53-man roster
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Reiss projects the 53-man rosterProjecting the 53 - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com http://bit.ly/12WOwz
At first glance, Slater, O'Callaghan & Ventrone look like possible early, possibly surprising casualties. The comment chatter is already talking about Kaczur vs O'Callaghan. Can they keep Law Firm & Maroney? Should they? With a 4-3 , what do we do with all the LB talent?
- Sept 1: 75 player roster
- Sept 5: 53 player roster
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After one preseason game, an updated projection at how the Patriots' 53-man roster might look for the season-opener:
Quarterback (3): Brady, O’Connell, Walter
Quick hit: Brady looks as motivated as ever; good competition for No. 2 job.
Running back (5): Faulk, Taylor, Morris, Maroney, Green-Ellis
Quick hit: Hard to cut Green-Ellis when he runs as hard as he does.
Tight end (4): Baker, Watson, Thomas, Smith
Quick hit: Smith, with $1.55 million salary, has not yet emerged, but he gets the benefit of the doubt as he's learning a new system.
Receiver (6): Moss, Welker, Galloway, Edelman, Lewis, Aiken
Quick hit: Galloway still getting on the same page in new offense.
Offensive line (8): Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur, Vollmer, Ohrnberger, Hochstein
Quick hit: All starters return, and some more youngsters could be on practice squad for added depth.
Defensive line (7): Warren, Wilfork, Seymour, Green, Brace, Pryor, Wright
Quick hit: Lots of versatility in this group.
Hybrid defensive end/linebacker (2): Burgess, Banta-Cain
Quick hit: Both will be relied on to boost the team’s pass rush in flexible defensive system.
Linebacker (6): Mayo, Thomas, Guyton, Woods, Crable, Bruschi
Quick hit: Will be interesting to see where Bruschi fits if four-man line is more prevalent; Lenon, Alexander and Williams all on the bubble and special teams impact could help their case.
Cornerback (5): Springs, Bodden, Wilhite, Butler, Wheatley
Quick hit: Looks like a much improved unit from 2008.
Safety (4): Meriweather, Sanders, Chung, McGowan
Quick hit: Meriweather appears primed to take a positive step forward; Slater figures to be on roster, but tough to fit him in this projection with so many offensive skill-position players.
Specialists (3): Gostkowski (K), Hanson (P), Ingram (LS)
Quick hit: Rookie long snapper Ingram seemed to ace his first test.
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