I haven’t had a chance to take a look at last nights game yet, but after reviewing all the observations I feel okay about making a final roster prediction.
Lot of tough decisions to make, especially at safety, defensive end and offensive line. And I’m sure there will be a surprise cut or two that throws this whole thing off but oh well, we’re just 9 days from Patriots football.
QB (2) Brady, Garoppolo - Garoppolo might’ve come back to earth a bit last night, but I still think I’d rather roll with him if Brady were to get dinged. Would there be growing pains and inconsistency? Sure. But his release and deep ball are so intriguing.
RB (5) Ridley, Vereen, White, Develin, Bolden - Not sure where Bolden’s been, but I’m keeping him, especially after White seems more and more suited as a passing back.
WR (6) Edelman, Thompkins, Amendola, LaFell, Dobson, Slater - Tyms sticks around as well through Week 4. Great showing by Dobson last night and in the limited footage I’ve seen of him he looks a lot more decisive and stronger.
TE (3) Gronkowski, Hoomanawanui, Wright - Using an OL in blocking situations is fine and once Gronk and Wright can be out there at the same time, look out.
C (2) Wendell, Stork - Would love to see Stork take the job from Wendell in-season, but I think it’s Wendell’s to start.
G (3) Connolly, Kline, Halapio - Kline should be fine, but could there still be a veteran addition tomorrow? Possibly. Halapio needs time.
T (4) Solder, Vollmer, Cannon, Fleming - Really solid group.
DE (3) Jones, Ninkovich, Buchanan - Scariest position on the roster and Buchanan’s injury issues from last night are not what was needed. I like Moore and he could sneak on as could Bequette if Buchanan’s injury will hold him out.
DT (6) Wilfork, Easley, Jones, Siliga, Worthy, Vellano - Maybe not the most proven group but I love their potential.
LB(6) Hightower, Beauharnais, White, Mayo, Collins, Fleming - Not great depth but the starters plus Fleming are very solid.
CB (5) Revis, Arrington, Dennard, Butler, Ryan - Browner starts on the suspended list. These other five should get mixed and matched all over the field. Very curious if any of them actually see time at Safety in the regular season. That would be an interesting schematic evolution.
SS (3) Chung, Wilson, Ebner - Maybe I’m crazy to keep Wilson and Chung but given injury history and the lack of depth at linebacker and it makes sense to keep two in-the-box types.
FS (2) McCourty, Harmon - two good back end guys with solid range, Harmon would be okay in the box as well.
ST (3) Gostkowski, Allen, Aiken
Total players: 53
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