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Patriots Pre-Camp 53 Man Roster (Explanations)

The first question is, where is Jakobi Meyers?   He’s traded, where I don’t know.  Please know the difference between a tradeable player and a tradeable contract.

James White- Pup or from what I’ve heard, a good chance he retires.  He’s walking with a limp, it’s similar to Bo Jackson.

JoeJuan Williams- He’s traded to a team that needs Safety help, that is the best position for him.  This team is loaded at that spot.

Henry Anderson- They don’t run enough base 3-4 anymore to justify a spot.  That is his ideal position.

Isaiah Wynn- He’s another tradeable contract to a team that gets a major injury in camp.

Malcolm Butler-  He doesn’t beat out the young guys.  If they’d sit him in a Super Bowl, they’ll cut him in September.

Justin Bethel- Montgomery can be the other gunner, while also being a utility offensive person.  He is the new Bolden.

Construction explanation

What you look to have is each spot covered at least times 2.  Your core 4 Special Teams guys identified.  If things go down contingency plans are key too when constructing a roster.  My 53-man roster is with cap implications, all types of opponents but most importantly the best to win.

QB (3) Mac Jones, Brian Hoyer, Bailey Zappe

Jones- Starter

Hoyer- Weekly Backup

Zappe- Redshirt plan if everyone is healthy.  Think Mallett 2011

RB (4) Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stephenson, Pierre Strong, Ty Montgomery

Harris- Part of the back rotation

Stephenson- Part of the rotation, as the season moves on, his percentage of carries goes up.

Strong- I say this a lot, it all comes down to his pass protection performance.  Could have some inactives.

Montgomery- Did you know he’s a gunner and really good at it.  He’s an RB/WR/KR.  Great gameday guy because of multiple roles.

WR (5)  Kendrick Bourne, Devante Parker, Nelson Agholor, Tyquan Thornton, Tre Nixon

Bourne- He will be the key guy in the group.  He’ll have unique touches on top of targets.

Parker- The boundary guy who once tore apart 1 pm Gilmore.

Agholor- He can be moved around, too much outside time last season.

Thornton- The speed guy who actually has a clue in camp to the system.  Just so everyone knows, the Steelers had him ranked over Pickens.

Nixon- The Ernie Adams pick.  Slot option but can get deep out of the slot.  Let’s see how a year in the classroom translates.

TE (3) Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Dalton Keene

Henry- We know his skillset.

Smith- He went through a lot last season.  It’s time to find him matchups and come up with unique formations to mismatch defenses.

Keene- I know, his health.  What he brings is versatility as an H-Back type.  He’s the FB in Goalline.

OL (9)  Trent Brown, Cole Strange, David Andrews, Mike Onwenu, Yodny Cajuste, Justin Herron, Darryl Williams, Will Sherman, Andrew Stueber

Brown- Where he belongs, at LT.  Can he stay healthy?

Strange- Plug and play, Needs to work on anchor but will be great on screens and outside.

Andrews- You know

Onwenu- I like him at RG, he’s the RT if things don’t work out.

Cajuste- This is really his 2nd year.  It might be my personal like that has him here but I’ve seen his abilities healthy.

Herron- Swing Tackle

Williams- I’m a huge Williams fan.  He’s Andrews’s backup with the versatility to move around inside.

Sherman- One year in the classroom, time to play.

Stueber- Very solid run blocker, needs to work on pass pro.  An absolute steal at the end of the draft.


EDGE (4) Matthew Judon, Josh Uche, Ronnie Perkins, Anfernee Jennings

Judon- This Defense needs him to be the Judon of Early/Mid 2021.  That helps the Secondary, so they can straighten out the rotation.

Uche- Hopeful bulk to be more of a contributor on early downs.  He shows flashes and has some competition.

Perkins- He had a year in the “where is this guy” situation in the bowles of Gillette.  I’d like to see the 3 guys already listed here with Barmore in pass rush situations.

Jennings- 2021 was spent on IR. Let’s see if time in the building helped a guy who fits well on early downs/