Things are starting to shape up nicely. Here are the main problems I’m facing for the final roster spots:
- Bolden is out for Demps. Maybe that’s a little “bold” but I don’t really see enough out of Bolden yet to think he’s ready to make an impact this year.
- Fells gets on there because I think the lesson learned in the Super Bowl is that you can’t effectively run this offense if the tight ends aren’t 100%, and you need insurance. If ever there was a week to get healthy for Shiancoe this is it. Though he could still get on in place of Fells.
- The only other place I see a way around this would be to carry a 4th tackle instead of Nick McDonald, but I like McDonald more than I like Weems.
- Brace is on, and so is Gerard Warren even though I think he’s an easy shadow roster candidate.
- Myron Pryor stays on PUP, get healthy and we’ll see you in October.
- Niko is on, love what I’ve seen out of him in the preseason. He plays nasty and can do a number of things.
- Ihedigbo hanging by a thread.
- If Dennard gets healthy he could make a push, neither Cole nor Moore were overly impressive last night.
- Will Allen is just about a lock, especially with Chung showing his penchant for getting dinged again last night. He’s good all around veteran insurance.
Full 53-man roster after the jump…
QB (3) Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett
RB (4) Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Jeff Demps
WR (6) Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Julian Edelman, Jabar Gaffney, Deion Branch, Matthew Slater
TE (3) Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells
C (2) Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly
G (4) Logan Mankins, Brian Waters, Donald Thomas, Nick McDonald
T (3) Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon
DE (5) Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Trevor Scott, Jermaine Cunningham, Jake Bequette
DT (5) Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Brandon Deaderick, Gerard Warren, Ron Brace
ILB(3) Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Niko Koutouvides
OLB(2) Donta Hightower, Bobby Carpenter
CB (5) Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Ras-I Dowling, Sterling Moore, Will Allen
SS (3) Patrick Chung, Tavon Wilson, James Ihedigbo
FS (2) Steve Gregory, Nate Ebner
ST (3) Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Aiken, Zoltan Mesko
Total players: 53
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