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Roster re-set with 3 open spots

7/15/2013

The Patriots have three open spots on their 90-man roster, which figure to be filled before the team begins 2013 training camp. With this in mind, here is an updated roster re-set:

Quarterback (3)

Tom Brady

Ryan Mallett

Tim Tebow

Quick-hit thought: Big preseason for Mallett to build his stock as a No. 2 worthy of a No. 1 job.

Running back (6)

Stevan Ridley

Shane Vereen

Brandon Bolden

Leon Washington

LeGarrette Blount

George Winn

Quick-hit thought: Deeper than 2012, but will they miss Danny Woodhead?

Fullback (2)

James Develin

Ben Bartholomew

Quick-hit thought: Seems like a longshot that they would devote a roster spot to this position.

Tight end (6)

Rob Gronkowski

Michael Hoomanawanui

Jake Ballard

Daniel Fells

Zach Sudfeld

Brandon Ford

Quick-hit thought: Intrigued by what we saw from Sudfeld in spring camps, but it’s a different ballgame when the pads come on.

Wide receiver (11)

Danny Amendola

Julian Edelman

Michael Jenkins

Aaron Dobson

Josh Boyce

Matthew Slater

Kamar Aiken

Donald Jones

Lavelle Hawkins

Kenbrell Thompkins

Mark Harrison

Quick-hit thought: Looks like they’ll be relying heavily on Amendola, just as they did with Wes Welker.

Offensive tackle (7)

Nate Solder

Sebastian Vollmer

Will Svitek

Markus Zusevics

Elvis Fisher

Kevin Haslam

R.J. Mattes

Quick-hit thought: A Solder-Vollmer bookend combination is one of the better ones in the NFL.

Center/guard (8)

Logan Mankins

Dan Connolly

Ryan Wendell

Marcus Cannon

Nick McDonald

Matt Stankiewitch

Chris McDonald

Josh Kline

Quick-hit thought: Wouldn’t be a surprise if a veteran is signed to add depth.

Defensive tackle (6)

Vince Wilfork

Tommy Kelly

Armond Armstead

Marcus Forston

Cory Grissom

Joe Vellano

Quick-hit thought: Great opportunity for Armstead and Forston to break through.

Defensive end (8)

Chandler Jones

Rob Ninkovich

Justin Francis

Jermaine Cunningham

Jake Bequette

Michael Buchanan

Marcus Benard

Jason Vega

Quick-hit thought: Multi-layered competition to monitor behind starters Jones and Ninkovich.

Linebacker (10)

Jerod Mayo

Dont’a Hightower

Brandon Spikes

Jamie Collins

Dane Fletcher

Mike Rivera

Steve Beauharnais

Niko Koutouvides

Jeff Tarpinian

A.J. Edds

Quick-hit thought: Anticipating a jump in playing time for Hightower, who was on for 51.6 percent of the defensive snaps last year.

Cornerback (8)

Aqib Talib

Alfonzo Dennard

Kyle Arrington

Ras-I Dowling

Logan Ryan

Marquice Cole

Stephon Morris

Brandon Jones

Quick-hit thought: With uncertainty surrounding Dennard, it shines a brighter spotlight on the depth and development of players like Dowling and Ryan.

Safety (7)

Devin McCourty

Adrian Wilson

Steve Gregory

Tavon Wilson

Nate Ebner

Duron Harmon

Kanorris Davis

Quick-hit thought: Adrian Wilson adds a bigger presence at the position.

Kicker (1)

Stephen Gostkowski

Quick-hit thought: Hard to believe it’s his eighth season; seems like yesterday he was selected to replace Adam Vinatieri.

Punter (2)

Zoltan Mesko

Ryan Allen

Quick-hit thought: Mesko is in a contract year and Allen brings credentials that include the Ray Guy Award.

Long snapper (2)

Danny Aiken

Mike Zupancic

Quick-hit thought: Aiken has solidified the position after being claimed on waivers from the Bills in 2011.