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Patriots Roster Prediction #24: LB Gary Guyton

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Player Name: LB Gary Guyton

Experience: 2 Seasons in the NFL, all with the New England Patriots

Past Role: Guyton stepped up big the past two seasons after being undrafted out of college. He was a great sub backer as a rookie and was pretty good as a sophomore starter next to Jerod Mayo. Although he possesses prototypical Patriots OLB size and speed, he doesn't own the strength to shed blockers and reach the backfield. Sadly, Guyton was injured this pre-season and rookie Brandon Spikes has stepped up and performed in his place.

Predicted Role: Guyton should go back to being the sub linebacker and should do much better. Spikes is a better player than Guyton and should do well as a starter. Guyton will come on to give Spikes a rest against faster teams, but his primary role will be to give the starters a breather.

Predicted Season Numbers: 2 Games Started, 16 Games Played, 40 tackles, 3 passes defended, 2 sacks.

Predicted Depth Chart: #3 ILB

Summary: Guyton will lose his starting role to Brandon Spikes, but should have a solid year as a back-up. He doesn't possess the strength or aggression to be a strong player against the run, which definitely hurts his case to be a starter.