Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo
Analysis: Mallett played much better in game two of the Patriots preseason, but Garoppolo has shown that he has the talent and ability to run the offense in the event of a Brady injury. I think the roster spot is better used elsewhere.
Running Backs (5)
Analysis: I like Roy Finch a lot but I think its possible he doesn’t make it because of ball security issues. I kept him here because of his talent, but I am sure they scout the waiver wire heavily come cut day. Jonas Gray played well in the Philly game, which may give him some consideration. Develin however is listed as a RB but will play FB and TE quite a bit this year.
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Wide Receivers (6)
Analysis: This is another spot that will be closely monitored on the waiver wire. Dobson hasn’t been able to stay healthy and Amendola’s ability to stay available is also questionable. Brian Tyms will not be available for the first 4 games due to suspension or else he would have been in this group. Josh Boyce hasn’t shown the ability to be an NFL wideout, the roster spot is more useful in another grouping.
Tight Ends (2)
Analysis: The weakest spot on the offense. I kept two because nobody else has stepped up in games to show me otherwise. James Develin and Nate Solder have both lined up at TE and shown up more then any of the other options. The Patriots need to hope someone is released elsewhere.
Offensive Line (9)
Analysis: I have Ryan Wendell on the outside looking in, mainly because he was awful in 2013. I had hoped Stork would seize the job, but has been hurt. Connolly can be a decent center in the meantime, while Marcus Cannon and Josh Kline have both shown the ability to play guard.
Defensive Line (11)
Analysis: There are a few banged up players in this group, so some may end up on PUP, but I think this is a solid group as long as the front line guys can remain healthy unlike in 2013.
Analysis: Not a lot of depth in the LB corps again this year. Fleming has flashed in his snaps however which gave him the nod over some of the other guys around him on the depth chart. Beauharnais is close to losing his spot.
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Analysis: This group will be without Brandon Browner for the first 4 games, but this is probably the strongest group on the team. Malcolm Butler has been fantastic all preseason, they may have a gem there.
Analysis: Strong Safety has been the biggest competition all of Patriots camp, and we have no clear leader. Harmon is my choice, but Chung has done some nice things as well. I left Tavon Wilson off this list, he just hasn’t done enough to warrant keeping him.
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Special Teams (3)
Analysis: This was the easiest group to predict, mainly because all three of these guys basically have no competition. Allen did have a sloppy game against Philly though, which makes me wonder if they bring someone else in soon to give him some heat.
Brandon Browner, Brian Tyms