My final shot at predicting what the Patriots final roster might look like:
Thoughts: No changes, this group is as stable as they come.
Thoughts: No changes once again, as I have Sammy Morris sticking. I think Morris offers a lot to the team as a special teams player (up-back on kick returns and covering kicks) as well as an occasional HB/FB. The other four seem set in stone, with Faulk likely to land on PUP.
Thoughts: Brandon Tate is left off here. Slater is a more rounded special teams player who has also made some flashes at receiver in the preseason. Food for thought: Could Deion Branch be a surprise release?
Thoughts: Gronkowski and Hernandez are solidified at the top, while all indications are that rookie free agent Will Yeatman has beat out 5th round pick Lee Smith for the 3rd tight end spot.
Thoughts: Once again, no changes here. Food for thought: Could the presence of Will Yeatman make a player such as Steve Maneri expendable (or vice versa?)
Thoughts: Ohrnberger is added here, although I'm a bit skeptical as to whether or not he could start any games should the Patriots need him to.
Defensive players after the jump!
Thoughts: I slept on Gerard Warren at times throughout the preseason. He's performed well, and earns a spot over Myron Pryor. Landon Cohen and Darryl Richard are tough cuts as well. Once again, Brace and Deaderick stick around on reserve lists.
Thoughts: This group stays the same. Rookie free agent Aaron Lavarias has impressed, and could land on the practice squad. The big cut here is Eric Moore. I had him off the roster after the second preseason game and I'm sticking to my prediction here. I think he's the 3rd best 3-4 OLB after Cunningham and Ninkovich, and I think Carter and Anderson represent better options as ends in 4-3 sets. Numbers crunch.
Thoughts: Tracy White could be pushed off the roster by Jeff Tarpinian or Ricky Brown, but I think he's done enough to secure his spot. Brandon Spikes also recently returned to practice, so the stories of his demise were probably premature.
Thoughts: Recent pick-up Antwaun Molden impressed against the Giants, but I don't know if it's enough for him to stick on the team's 53 man roster. Darius Butler was a bit up and down in the preseason, but looked like he was starting to build some confidence.
Thoughts: The big news this week was the news that the Patriots were letting go of veteran safety James Sanders. While the Patriots may be unhappy with the play of Brandon Meriweather, I think they will still hold on to him. The fourth safety spot likely will go down to James Ihedigbo and Josh Barrett. It's hard to say who will come out on top in that battle.