It's been a very long time, since I reviewed a Patriots roster at this time of year, and couldn't pair it down to the final 53, plus or minus a couple of players. Its also been a very long time, since the Defense had every single position locked up with a quality NFL starter, and the flexibility in talent and depth to easily assume nearly any scheme or sub-package.
So here is a breakdown of the roster, not every single player is listed, a handful that I feel have no shot at all of making the roster (the 53 man team) have been left off.
WR – Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Jeremy Ebert, TJ Moe, Andre Holmes, Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones, Kamar Aiken, Kenbrell Thompkins
TE – Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells, Zach Sudfeld, Brad Herman
FB – LeGarrette Blount, Michael Hoomanawanui, Tony Fiammetta, James Develin
HB – Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Quentin Hines, Leon Washington, Brandon Boldin
LB – Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes, Dont’a Hightower, Jerod Mayo, Steve Beauharnais, Mike Rivera, Jeff Tarpinian
DE – Justin Francis, Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Rob Ninkovich, Michael Buchanan, Marcus Benard, Jake Bequette, Jermaine Cunningham, Jason Vega
ST - Mathew Slater, Danny Aiken, Zoltan Mesko, Stephen Gostkowski,
OL - Ryan Wendell, Sebastian Vollmer, Logan Mankins, Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Nick McDonald, Marcus Cannon, Will Svitek, Matt Stankiewitch, Chris McDonald
CB- Aquib Talib, Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Ras Dowling,
-S - Devin McCourty, Tavon Wilson, Adrian Wilson, Duron Harmon, Steve Gregory, Nate Ebner,
DL - Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Tommy Kelly, Brandon Deaderick, Marcus Forston, Armond Armstead
QB - Ryan Mallett, Tom Brady
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