Re: [patriotzip] Reiss projects the 53-man roster
- Kaczur has had a reasonably solid camp which not surprisingly follows in the heels of his recording an off-season work out award. Is it possible his Oxy incident from last year has given him a renewed focus and work ethic?The wedge rule changes are going to have an impact on special teams and part of that is the expectation of more tight end and fewer linebackers into the mix. This makes sense to me as tight ends are likely to be more natural blockers.Ultimately though, this is an early bit of work by Reiss to make his evaluations. I look forward to the next two pre-season games really telling us more.Go Pats!Zip----- Original Message -----From: Steve BasileSent: Sunday, August 16, 2009 1:26 PMSubject: [patriotzip] Reiss projects the 53-man roster
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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
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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, OConnell, 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 teams 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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