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Roster re-set with 2 open spots

6/6/2013

With the Patriots making some back-end transactions over the last week, there are two open spots on the 90-man roster. The following is a "roster re-set" of the personnel at each position, with a quick-hit thought as to the likelihood of an addition:

Quarterback (3)

Tom Brady

Ryan Mallett

Mike Kafka

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: One of just five teams in the NFL to carry just three quarterbacks on the roster, but at this point, the only reason for an addition would be to lighten load on Brady and Mallett. It doesn’t seem like that is part of the team’s thinking.

Running back (5)

Stevan Ridley

Shane Vereen

Brandon Bolden

LeGarrette Blount

Leon Washington

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: An area with potential for an addition after the release of rookie free agent Akeem Shavers. Bolden hasn’t participated in the on-field portion of OTAs due to injury.

Wide receiver (11)

Danny Amendola

Michael Jenkins

Kamar Aiken

Julian Edelman

Aaron Dobson

Josh Boyce

Donald Jones

Lavelle Hawkins

Matthew Slater

Kenbrell Thompkins

Mark Harrison

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: Another position that could be primed for an addition, as Edelman, Boyce and Harrison have not participated in the on-field portion of OTAs due to injury. With all the change at the position, perhaps there is a thought of keeping familiar targets like Deion Branch and Donte’ Stallworth on speed dial.

Tight end (7)

Rob Gronkowski

Aaron Hernandez

Michael Hoomanawanui

Daniel Fells

Jake Ballard

Zach Sudfeld

Brandon Ford

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: Sudfeld, a rookie free agent, has taken advantage of quality practice reps because of injuries to the top two on the depth chart. Hard to imagine many teams, if any, matching the experience and quality of this depth chart which is why an addition seems unlikely.

Fullback (2)

James Develin

Ben Bartholomew

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: We’ve seen some two-back sets in practice, but it remains to be seen if a pure fullback will break through for a spot on the 53-man roster. They’re essentially competing against running backs, linebackers and tight ends, with special teams considerations in mind.

Offensive tackle (8)

Nate Solder

Sebastian Vollmer

Marcus Cannon (also RG)

Will Svitek

Markus Zusevics

Kevin Haslam

Elvis Fisher

R.J. Mattes

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: Pretty well stocked, especially when Vollmer is ultimately cleared for on-field participation.

Center/guard (7)

Logan Mankins

Dan Connolly

Ryan Wendell

Nick McDonald

Josh Kline

Matt Stankiewitch

Chris McDonald

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: It looks a little light on experience here, especially with Connolly and Nick McDonald not on the field at practice. Potential for an addition after the release of veteran Tyronne Green. Also notable that third-year pro Marcus Cannon, primarily a tackle in his first two seasons, has been in the mix at right guard.

Defensive tackle (7)

Vince Wilfork

Tommy Kelly

Armond Armstead

Marcus Forston

Cory Grissom

Dewayne Cherrington

Joe Vellano

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: Light on experience after Wilfork and Kelly, which makes it a stronger possibility for a roster addition.

Defensive end (7)

Rob Ninkovich

Chandler Jones

Justin Francis

Jermaine Cunningham

Jake Bequette

Michael Buchanan

Jason Vega

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: Good competition to monitor behind starters Ninkovich and Jones as it appears Bequette has had a solid offseason and could be on the rise. Top draft pick Jamie Collins, working more at linebacker at this time, could also factor in here. While an addition is always possible, it doesn’t seem like a necessity from this viewpoint.

Linebacker (10)

Jerod Mayo

Dont’a Hightower

Brandon Spikes

Jamie Collins

Dane Fletcher

Mike Rivera

Jeff Tarpinian

Steve Beauharnais

Niko Koutouvides

Marcus Benard

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: Looks like a deep group.

Cornerback (8)

Aqib Talib

Alfonzo Dennard

Kyle Arrington

Ras-I Dowling

Logan Ryan

Marquice Cole

Brandon Jones

Stephon Morris

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: If everyone is healthy, this wouldn’t appear to be a spot where an addition is needed.

Safety (7)

Devin McCourty

Adrian Wilson

Steve Gregory

Tavon Wilson

Nate Ebner

Duron Harmon

Kanorris Davis

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: A little thin in practice with McCourty, Ebner and Harmon not participating in team drills, which has had Marquice Cole stepping in. But numbers are solid and an addition wouldn’t seem to be a top priority for an addition.

Punter (2)

Zoltan Mesko

Ryan Allen

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: No need for a third punter.

Kicker (2)

Stephen Gostkowski

David Ruffer

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: No need for a third kicker.

Long snapper (2)

Danny Aiken

Mike Zupancic

QUICK-HIT THOUGHT: No need for a third long snapper.

Injured reserve (1)

WR T.J. Moe