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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/Special Teams.

IDL (5) Christian Barmore, Deatrich Wise, Davon Godchaux, Lawrence Guy, Sam Roberts

Barmore- He may be the most important guy on the roster.  Interior pass rush gets QB off the spot and changes everything.

Wise- Jack of many trade, Master of none.

Godchaux- He needs to be an early down presence, not being pushed near the 1st down markers.

Guy- I have him on the bubble.  The Pats need to have him on a pitch count to be most effective.

Roberts- He may have some inactives, a guy you won’t get to PS.  He blocks kicks from the interior, Bill loves that stuff.

LB (5) Raekwon McMillan, Cameron McGrone, Mack Wilson, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Jahlani Tavai

McMillan- If no injury in 2021, he was going to be a key guy by the end of the year.  3-down ability.

McGrone- He’s a different level of speed at the LB level.  He’ll mix it up despite size and makes impact plays.

Wilson- Great trade, he’s another guy who can play in sub-package with the many safeties.

Bentley- Downhill thumper, Leader.

Tavai- Special teams and is here for the reason that Matt Patricia wants to prove he was right on this player to Detroit.

CB (5)  Jalen Mills, Jonathan Jones, Marcus Jones, Jack Jones, Myles Bryant

Mills- The Patriots like to match up, a savvy veteran who does have his slip-ups.

Jon Jones- Slot Corner who has been very solid over time.

Marcus Jones- He might be the most exciting guy on the roster. He’s not just a slot guy and an explosive returner.

Jack Jones- This is the guy to watch.  He’s got a chance to be a better J.C Jackson.

Myles Bryant- He’s a backup slot and has some safety experience.

S (5)  Devin McCourty, Kyle Dugger, Adrian Phillips, Jabrill Peppers, Joshuah Bledsoe

McCourty- This might be his last year.  He is that last line and leader.

Dugger- He does so many things great. Tackle, rush, cover and a nose for the ball.

Phillips- Versatile with the ability to play at Safety or 2nd level.

Peppers- Like the 2 players above, VERSATILITY.  The scheme should be fun to watch.

Bledsoe- He might have some inactives and ST time when he plays.  This guy was a steal in 2021.

ST (5)  Matt Slater, Nick Folk, Jake Bailey, Joe Cardona, Cody Davis

Slater- Nothing needs to be said.

Folk- His consistency over the last couple of years has been mind-blowing.

Bailey- We need the old Jake Bailey back in 2022.  He was a weapon, lets get back to that spot.

Cardona- Snapper

Davis- Core 4 ST.

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