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Time to be held accountable

8/31/2012

Now that the Patriots have made their decisions on the NFL's roster cutdown deadline, time to be held accountable. Here is a look at what was projected and what actually happened:

Quarterbacks

Roster: Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett

Projection: Brady, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett

Quick hit: Raised possibility of Hoyer being let go, but didn't think team would pull trigger.

Running backs

Roster: Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Brandon Bolden

Projection: Ridley, Vereen, Woodhead, Bolden, Jeff Demps

Quick hit: Wasn't projecting Demps to land on IR (unclear if season-ending or short-term; lot of looseness in interpretation of rule).

Fullbacks

Roster: None

Projection: None

Quick hit: Still a possibility to see an addition here from another team.

Tight ends

Roster: Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells, Visanthe Shiancoe

Projection: Gronkowski, Hernandez, Fells

Quick hit: Shiancoe missed most of camp (hamstring) and thought it would cost him spot.

Wide receiver

Roster: Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater

Projection: Welker, Lloyd, Deion Branch, Edelman, Slater

Quick hit: Seemed as if Branch had done enough to earn spot; wasn't expecting just 4.

Offensive line

Roster: Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell, Donald Thomas, Nick McDonald

Projection: Solder, Vollmer, Cannon, Mankins, Connolly, Wendell, Thomas, Brian Waters

Quick hit: Had Waters in for McDonald, but noted if Waters didn't report, it would be McDonald in the mix. Waters' situation said to be fluid.

Defensive tackle

Roster: Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Ron Brace, Brandon Deaderick, Marcus Forston

Projection: Wilfork, Love, Brace, Deaderick

Quick hit: Forston, a rookie free agent from Miami, might be the most surprising addition to initial roster. Didn't see that one.

Defensive end

Roster: Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jermaine Cunningham, Trevor Scott, Justin Francis, Jake Bequette

Projection: Jones, Ninkovich, Cunningham, Scott, Francis, Bequette

Quick hit: Conviction on Francis, the rookie free agent, pays off.

Linebacker

Roster: Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Dont'a Hightower, Bobby Carpenter, Tracy White, Mike Rivera

Projection: Mayo, Spikes, Hightower, Carpenter, Jeff Tarpinian, Niko Koutouvides

Quick hit: White's health made it a tough call with Koutouvides; Rivera more productive than Tarpinian but overlooked it. No wonder Nick Caserio doesn't ask for my advice.

Cornerback

Roster: Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Ras-I Dowling, Sterling Moore, Marquice Cole, Alfonzo Dennard

Projection: McCourty, Arrington, Dowling, Cole, Dennard

Quick hit: Went with a special-teams only choice (safety Sergio Brown) over the pure defensive back (Moore). Worst call. Running a lap around the field for that one.

Safety

Roster: Patrick Chung, Steve Gregory, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner

Projection: Chung, Gregory, Wilson, Ebner, Sergio Brown

Quick hit: Correct on not including James Ihedigbo, but way off on choosing his replacement. Bill Belichick might be surprised to learn I don't have all the answers.

Specialists

Roster: Stephen Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko, Danny Aiken

Projection: Gostkowski, Mesko, Aiken

Quick hit: Sort of like picking Andrew Luck 1st in a mock draft; nice to be able to know you'll get one right.