53-man roster projection - 2.1 (edited)

QB- Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett

RB- Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden, Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen, Jeff Demps

TE- Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, *Daniel Fells

WR- Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater

C- Ryan Wendell, Nick McDonald

OG- Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly, Donald Thomas, *Brian Waters

OT- Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon

DE- Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jermaine Cunningham, Trevor Scott, Jake Bequette

DT- Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Brandon Deaderick, Jonathan Fanene

LB- Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Dont'a Hightower, Bobby Carpenter, Jeff Tarpinian, *Tracy White

CB- Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Ras-I Dowling, Sterling Moore, Marquice Cole

SS- Patrick Chung, Nate Ebner, James Ihedigbo

FS- Steve Gregory, Tavon Wilson

S/T- Stephen Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko, Danny Aiken

-I went with 5 RB's and no FB's. If we need a FB, Aaron Hernandez can fill that role. I know some of you will try and argue Jeff Demps won't make the team, but he will and I am not even going to argue.

-I went with 5 WR's because I don't see a role for Donte Stallworth or Deion Branch...especially after the Jeff Demps signing. Stallworth could have been used for KR but Demps gets that spot. Stallworth also has had way too many drops in camp. As for Deion Branch, he is reliable but he has no explosion and's time for Julian Edelman to have a more defined role in this offense. Aaron Hernandez can even be a WR so there is no need for a 6th.

-I was a little iffy with the TE's...I want to put down Fells but he can't get on the field...until he does, Silvestro gets the nod. The coaching staff seems to like him.

-The 5th CB was a challenge because I like Will Allen. I think he would provide a nice veteran presence in the secondary and he is known for his cover skills...although he would be CB/FS on the team...I don't have him making it because he has had a very quiet camp. Marquice Cole is a special teams ace so he gets the nod.

-I think the coaching staff likes Tarpinian. I wasn't pleased with what I saw with Mike Rivera, and I am not a fan of Niko Koutouvides.

-Nate Ebner will make the team as I had in my first roster prediction. Hard not to root for this guy.

If you disagree, then I know I did a good job.

The views expressed in these FanPosts are not necessarily those of the writers or SBNation.

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