I’m back!!! For the NFL, Summer always ,means slow news and few stories, but with Patriots training camp on the horizon, I figured it’d be fun to try a roster projection. Please keep in mind that this is barring any big signings and blockbuster trades.
QB: Cam Newton and Mac Jones
Cut: Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer
There should be no surprises here right? Stidham and Hoyer offer very little in the way of team production, but don’t be shocked if Hoyer is brought back as a special assistant.
RB: Damien Harris, Sony Michel, Rhamondre Stevenson, and JJ Taylor (Jakob Johnson is the fullback)
Cut: Brandon Bolden and Tyler Gaffney
Bolden may have a case as a special teamer, but overall, his impact isn’t much as our special teams unit thrived without him.
WR: Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Gunner Olszewski, Matthew Slater, and Tre Nixon
Traded: N’Keal Harry (not a big return)
Cut: Marvin Hall, Devin Ross, Devin Smith, Isaiah Zuber, and Kristian Wilkerson.
N’Keal Harry wants out and I believe that he will be traded before the cutdown days, but other than Nixon, every receiver listed as making it is pretty much a lock.
TE: Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, and Devin Asiasi
Cut: Troy Fumagalli, Dalton Keene, Matt LaCosse, and Rashod Berry.
Maybe, just MAYBE, Keene sneaks on here, but Belichick rarely lets draft mistakes hang around for long.
OL: David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Trent Brown, Mike Onwenu, Isaiah Wynn, Ted Karras, Justin Herron, Yodny Cajuste, and Will Sherman
Cut: Marcus Martin, Korey Cunningham, James Ferentz, RJ Prince, and Alex Redmond
Outside of the starting 5 O-Lineman (who are locks), the backups should be interesting, as everyone has a case to make the team.
DL: Henry Anderson, Byron Cowart, Lawrence Guy, Chase Winovich, Deatrich Wise Jr., Christian Barmore, and Davon Godchaux.
Cut: Tashawn Bower, Carl Davis, Bill Murray, Akeem Spence, Nick Thurman, and Montravius Adams.
I had a hard time with this one, but the backup defensive tackles will have a hard time competing with Godchaux and Barmore.
LB: Dont’a Hightower, Matt Judon, Kyle Van Noy, Ja’whaun Bentley, Josh Uche, Ronnie Perkins, Anfernee Jennings, and Brandon King
PUP: Cameron McGrone
Cut: Terez Hall, Harvey Langi, and Raekwon McMillan.
This group will be fun to watch next season and the cut players here I can envision making the team, we’ll just have to wait.
DB: Stephon Gilmore, Devin McCourty, JC Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Joshuah Bledsoe, Jalen Mills, Joejuan Williams, Myles Bryant, Kyle Dugger, and Adrian Phillips
Cut: Michael Jackson Sr., Justin Bethel, Adrian Colbert, D’Angelo Ross, and Dee Virgin.
Another tricky group to predict, as some of the cut players can be very good on special teams, but most of the ones who made it are locks, such as Gilmore and McCourty and Jackson.
K: Nick Folk
P: Jake Bailey
LS: Joe Cardona
Cut: Quinn Nordin
No surprises here, Nordin can’t compete with Folk.
Write down these projections, we’ll see how this ages during roster cutdowns. We’re onto training camp!