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  • Steve Basile
    Aug 16, 2009
      Reiss projects the 53-man roster Projecting 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?

      Cut Dates
      • Sept 1: 75 player roster
      • Sept 5: 53 player roster

      Go Pats,

      Steve Basile
      B.D. Riley's Irish Pub
      Austin, TX
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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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