Trying to keep track of the currently maxed-out 80-man roster, while figuring out who's probably going to play which position was making my head spin. By August 30th, somehow this roster number will be slashed down to a trim 53, with the first 5-man roster cut being a mere 4 days earlier on the 26th.
To ease my aching, speculating brain and to keep the position battles straight, I've been relying on Patriots Football Weekly's Unofficial Depth Chart. Here's their strictly unofficial take on how deep the depths really are for each position.
|Wide Receiver||83||Wes Welker||10||Jabar Gaffney||18||Matthew Slater|
|Left Tackle||72||Matt Light||65||Wesley Britt||60||Jimmy Martin|
|Left Guard||70||Logan Mankins||71||Russ Hochstein||76||Oliver Ross|
|Center||67||Dan Koppen||71||Russ Hochstein||62||Ryan Wendell|
|Right Guard||61||Stephen Neal||74||Billy Yates||76||Oliver Ross|
|Right Tackle||77||Nick Kaczur||68||Ryan O'Callaghan||69||Anthony Clement|
|Tight End||84||Benjamin Watson||86||Dave Thomas||82||Stephen Spach|
|87||Marcus Pollard||82||Jonathan Stupar|
|Wide Receiver||81||Randy Moss||17||Chad Jackson||88||Sam Aiken|
|Quarterback||12||Tom Brady||16||Matt Cassel||7||Matt Gutierrez|
|Running Back||39||Laurence Maroney||34||Sammy Morris||33||Kevin Faulk|
|Fullback||44||Heath Evans||38||Kyle Eckel|
|* Rookie and First-year players are listed in italics|