- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Patriots have three open spots on their 90-man roster. With the organized team activity/minicamp portion of the offseason program complete, it's a good time to re-set the roster with a quick-hit thought at each position.
Quick hit: The compelling question is now whether the Patriots will keep three quarterbacks after sticking with just two last season. Brady and Mallett are locks.
Running back (5)
Quick hit: Bolden, after making the club in 2012 as a rookie free agent, missed all spring practices and his status bears watching as training camp approaches
Wide receiver (11)
Quick hit: With 11 receivers, the team is thin compared to the league average at the position. This could be an area for another signing. No clear-cut answers outside of Amendola based on what reporters saw at OTAs/minicamp.
Tight end (7)
Quick hit: Even with top players Gronkowski and Hernandez not practicing in the spring, the Patriots are still deep. They are carrying as many tight ends as any team in the NFL.
Quick hit: A pure fullback wasn’t carried on the roster for most of 2012.
Offensive tackle (8)
Quick hit: Solder (left) and Vollmer (right) are locked in as the starters, and it will be interesting to see if Svitek – signed to a one-year free-agent deal this offseason -- sticks as the swing guard.
Quick hit: Tackle Marcus Cannon projects as a top backup at right guard. The team could look to bolster this area with one of its open roster spots.
Defensive tackle (6)
Quick hit: Potentially too thin at this spot, it would make sense to think that the Patriots are eyeing this position with one of their three open roster spots.
Defensive end (7)
Quick hit: The intrigue at this spot is in the competition for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, with a handful of younger players with upside.
Quick hit: Hightower appeared to have a strong spring, positioning himself to increase his playing time by being more of a factor in sub packages. He played 51.6 percent of the defensive snaps as a rookie in 2012.
Quick hit: Dowling’s standing on the depth chart looks better than initially thought, as he had a strong spring minicamp performance.
Quick hit: Cornerback Marquice Cole has been getting some work at safety with McCourty, Ebner, Harmon and Davis all not cleared to fully participate in practice.
Quick hit: Two left-footed punters set for a training camp competition that figures to be judged over time, in terms of which player is more consistent.
Quick hit: David Ruffer was waived last week, leaving Gostkowski (signed through 2014) as the team’s lone kicker.
Long snapper (2)
Quick hit: Aiken has held the job for the last two seasons after the Patriots claimed him on waivers from the Bills.
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