The patriots currently have 19 D-line, 16 O-Lineman, 10 WRs, 13 DBs, 13 LBs, 5 TEs, 7 RBs, 4 STs, 3 QBs
There can only be 53 Players on an NFL Roster so they're going to have to play makes some cuts to meet the status quo.
So to narrow down the numbers here are the least number of bodies the pats are expected to keep at each position. I'll update the numbers as players get cut, added, improve their stock in preseason games etc.
20 D-lineman 8 Bodies
16 O-lineman 8 Bodies
11 WRs 5 Bodies
13 DBs 9 Bodies
12 LBs 6 Bodies
5 TEs: 3 Bodies
8 RBs: 4 Bodies
4 STs: 3 Bodies
3 QBs: 3 Bodies
Now let's look at the locks for the 53 at each position.
D-line: Wilfork, Haynesworth, Ellis, Wright, Cunningham
O-line: Mankins, Light, Solder, Cannon, Vollmer, Connolly
WRs: Welker, Ochocino, Elderman,
DBs: McCourty, Bodden, Dowling, Chung
LBs: Ninkovich, Mayo, Spikes, Fletcher, Guyton
TEs: Smith, Gronkowski, Hernandez
RBs: Ridley, Woodheady, Green-Ellis, Vereen
STs: Gostkowski, Mesko
QBs: Brady, Hoyer, Mallet
34 locks for the 53 man roster, that means only 19 spots are left and we haven't even played a single pre-season game.
56 Football Players.
4 Pre-Season Games.
1 Training Camp to Prove Their Worth.
And the Numbers Game to set it all off.
1st Pre-season Game (Jaguars @ Patriots)
Rising Stock Falling Stock
Taylor Price Darius Butler
Dane Fletcher Johnathan Whilite