The New England Patriots have yet another preseason recreation remaining in 2019. However after their third contest towards the Carolina Panthers, there’s a clearer image of who might be in and who might be out.
Accidents have performed a few of a job in that, however others have earned their roster spot via continued enchancment and growth in coaching camp.
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Whereas nothing is about in stone and there’s one other in-game likelihood to iron out ultimate roster spots, the 53-man squad is nearly finalized.
Let’s have a look.
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Tom Brady, Jarrett Stidham
The rookie out of Auburn impressed over his final two outings, sufficient to wrestle the backup job away from veteran Brian Hoyer.
Out: With Stidham’s function growing, there’s merely not sufficient room on the roster for Hoyer. That stated, if he does make the roster in Week 1 it may not be for the total yr.
Operating Backs (5)
Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, Damien Harris, Brandon Bolden
Michel appeared excellent in his preseason debut. Let’s hope for one of the best for Harris, who was sidelined by harm halfway via the third preseason recreation. In any other case, zero surprises right here.
Out: Nick Brossette is doing all he can to make an impression, however the working again room is just too deep.
The large bruiser scored the lone landing for the Patriots towards Carolina and he’s virtually computerized from the one-yard line. He’s positively serving to resurrect the place.
Out: There’s no want for 2 fullbacks on the roster anymore however Jakob Johnson will possible be the additional man on the observe squad given his worldwide exemption.
Broad Receiver (7)
Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Demaryius Thomas, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, N’Keal Harry, Matthew Slater
PUP: Cameron Meredith
Identify a weak hyperlink in that group? Dorsett earned his manner again into roster competition and his chemistry with Brady is sufficient of a bargaining chip itself. Harry and Meyers have been spectacular of their first preseason, although the previous will hopefully be prepared for the season opener in his battle again from an harm.
Out: Braxton Berrios and Gunner Olszewski are powerful cuts however there’s merely no room for them. At the very least considered one of them will discover their manner onto the observe squad and it might be the latter. Maurice Harris is one other notable lower who began with a lot promise however pale quick. Damoun Patterson and Ryan Davis will even be left off the roster.
Tight Finish (2)
Matt LaCosse*, Ryan Izzo, Lance Kendricks
Suspended: Ben Watson
Once more, all of it revolves round whether or not LaCosse is able to go for the season opener. If he’s, it might be Kendricks who will get the boot. Izzo is owed much less cash and appeared fairly good over the center and in blocking schemes through the third preseason recreation. We nonetheless don’t have any replace on the severity of LaCosse’s ankle sprain but it surely doesn’t look like dire.
Out: Eric Saubert, Andrew Beck, and Stephen Anderson are all on the cusp in any case, however there may not be room in the long run. Nonetheless, Beck and Saubert can play particular groups properly and are each good blockers so don’t rely them utterly out simply but.
Offensive Line (8)
David Andrews, Isaiah Wynn, Shaq Mason, Joe Thuney, Marcus Cannon, Ted Karras, Dan Skipper, Hjalte Froholdt
NFI: Yodny Cajuste
As strong as the primary 5 are, the ultimate three spots are questionable. Karras is flexible inside and has good expertise, however Skipper and Froholdt have been inconsistent all through the preseason. Froholdt has been slapped with three holding penalties, Skipper has gotten a flagged a pair instances himself and his safety has wavered. As quickly as Cajuste is able to go, Skipper is probably going gone.
Out: Cole Croston is one other potential choice at sort out ought to he beat out Skipper over the ultimate weekm however as of now he’s lower. James Ferentz, Tyler Gauthier, Martez Ivey, Tyree St. Louis, Cedrick Lang, are additionally all lower, however search for no less than one or two to make the observe squad.
Defensive Line (9)
Michael Bennett, Adam Butler, Byron Cowart, Lawrence Man, Deatrich Sensible, Chase Winovich, John Simon, Danny Shelton, Ufomba Kamalu
So nearly each defensive finish is interchangeable with linebackers, aside from Bennett. Cowart continues to indicate promise whereas Kamalu noticed 62 % of defensive snaps towards Carolina, lining up in three completely different positions.
Out: Accidents are preserving Shilique Calhoun and Derek Rivers off the roster for now but when they return to full well being by the top of preseason count on one to crack the roster. Mike Pennel and David Parry are veterans who might miss the lower on the within whereas Keionta Davis, Trent Harris, and Nick Thurman are edged out at defensive finish.
Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Elandon Roberts
Injured Reserve: Brandon King
With King on IR, it means no harsh cuts should be made given his assured contract. Clearly not the perfect factor to occur, nevertheless, as King is a core particular groups contributor. It provides the Patriots an additional center linebacker as properly which by no means hurts.
Out: Calvin Munson is a troublesome lower however he might simply fill in for King on particular groups and has appeared good over the previous two preseason video games. Christian Sam and Terez Corridor spherical out the linebacker cuts.
Nook Again (6)
Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones, Jason McCourty, JC Jackson, Keion Crossen, Joejuan Williams
Injured Reserve: D’Angelo Ross
The nook again place is trying fairly set proper now pending any accidents within the coming weeks. That is deep group with a pleasant mixture of veterans and youthful, gifted gamers.
Out: Ken Webster appears to be like to be the one lower at this place, however he might possible head to the observe squad.
Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung*, Terrence Brooks, Nate Ebner, Duke Dawson
Given current developments surrounding Chung’s authorized state of affairs, his standing is up within the air. The wanting it, he possible received’t be lower however that relies upon how critical the case towards him will get. Ought to points with off-field issues and his ongoing restoration from harm hinder him, he’ll be off the roster. Pencil in Dawson for now who’s making a reasonably seamless transition to security, one thing he performed properly in school.
Out: Obi Melifonwu headlines the cuts at security, whereas Malik Gant and A.J. Howard are additionally lengthy pictures.
Particular Groups (3)
Stephen Gostkowski, Jake Bailey, Joe Cardona
Earlier than we get upset about one other missed area aim towards the Panthers, the maintain by Bailey was woeful. Chalk that up as one thing the rookie must work on as a result of his punting is subsequent stage. Gostkowski isn’t a certain wager, nevertheless, and the Patriots might begin buying round for an additional kicker. Carolina is utilizing Joey Slye whereas Graham Gano is out, however a kind of guys will make a reasonably good substitute.
Out: Nobody for now, however Gostkowski is definitely on the new seat.
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