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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Patriots roster reset at 75 players

By Field Yates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots made a series of moves during the past two days that now have them at the maximum allowable limit of 75 players.

Another roster shake-up is coming with the deadline to get to 53 players set for this Saturday, but for now, let's examine where things stand with a roster reset.

Quarterbacks (3): Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, Tim Tebow
Quick-hit: It seems unlikely that we'll see much of Brady during the preseason finale, leaving plenty of snaps for Mallett and Tebow.

Rob Gronkowski
Will tight end Rob Gronkowski start the season on the active roster?
Running backs (6): Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Leon Washington, George Winn
Quick-hit: It seems plausible that the team could keep five backs on the active roster, though Thursday night is important for reserve running backs to state their case.

Fullbacks (2): James Develin, Ben Bartholomew
Quick-hit: Could one of these two be the player to buck the Patriots recent trend of not carrying a fullback at the outset of the season?

Wide receivers (8): Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce, Aaron Dobson, Matthew Slater, Quentin Sims, Johnathan Haggerty
Quick-hit: This position group has come into focus throughout camp, as the progress of the rookies has impressed.

Tight end (5): Rob Gronkowski (PUP), Jake Ballard, Zach Sudfeld, Michael Hoomanawanui, Daniel Fells
Quick-hit: We'll be closely monitoring the team's plan with Gronkowski; will he start the season on PUP?

Offensive line (11): Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, Sebastian Vollmer, Will Svitek, Marcus Cannon, Chris McDonald, Luke Patterson, Josh Kline, Matt Stankiewitch.
Quick-hit: It seems likely that the team could keep just seven linemen to open the regular season.

Defensive ends (7): Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Justin Francis, Marcus Benard, Jermaine Cunningham, Michael Buchanan, Jake Bequette
Quick-hit: Cunningham returned to practice on Monday, and he'll need to show enough to cement his spot on the roster.

Defensive tackle (6): Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Marcus Forston, Joe Vellano, Scott Vallone, Gilbert Pena
Quick-hit: This is an area where the team could use some additional depth.

Linebacker (8): Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Dane Fletcher, Steve Beauharnais, Mike Rivera, Jeff Tarpinian
Quick-hit: The starting trio is set, with quality reserve players as well.

Cornerback (9): Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan, Marquice Cole, Ras-I Dowling, Stephon Morris, LeQuan Lewis, Justin Green
Quick-hit: Dennard had a probation hearing moved to Sept. 6, just two days before the season opener. That could affect the depth chart.

Safety (7): Devin McCourty, Steve Gregory, Adrian Wilson, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner, Kanorris Davis,
Quick-hit: Harmon has quietly put together a productive training camp, which could lead to defensive snaps this season.

Specialists (4): Zoltan Mesko, Ryan Allen, Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Aiken
Quick-hit: The punting competition remains open, with Mesko seemingly in the lead.