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Roster re-set for Patriots

8/5/2013

As the Patriots prepare for today's joint practice with the Eagles, here is a roster reset that accounts for all the recent moves:

Quarterback (3)

Tom Brady

Ryan Mallett

Tim Tebow

Quick-hit thought: The Patriots have kept just two quarterbacks in three of the last four years, but Tebow is making a strong case for a third spot.

Running back (6)

Stevan Ridley

Shane Vereen

LeGarrette Blount

Leon Washington

Brandon Bolden

George Winn

Quick-hit thought: Could be as many as five sticking on the final roster, with Bolden adding value on special teams.

Fullback (2)

James Develin

Ben Bartholomew

Quick-hit thought: Both longshots to stick, as the fullback isn’t a big part of the offense.

Tight end (6)

Rob Gronkowski

Daniel Fells

Michael Hoomanawanui

Jake Ballard

Zach Sudfeld

Brandon Ford

Quick-hit thought: Time to see if Sudfeld’s strong work on the practice field translates to preseason games.

Wide receiver (11)

Danny Amendola

Aaron Dobson

Josh Boyce

Julian Edelman

Kenbrell Thompkins

Matthew Slater

Kamar Aiken

Michael Jenkins

Mark Harrison

Quentin Sims

Johnathan Haggerty

Quick-hit thought: Three rookies (Dobson, Boyce, Thompkins) primed to comprise what is likely to be the youngest corps in Belichick/Brady era.

Offensive tackle (9)

Nate Solder

Sebastian Vollmer

Marcus Cannon

Will Svitek

Markus Zusevics

Kevin Haslam

R.J. Mattes

Luke Patterson

Brice Schwab

Quick-hit thought: Top three are locked in.

Center/guard (7)

Logan Mankins

Ryan Wendell

Dan Connolly

Tyronne Green

Josh Kline

Chris McDonald

Matt Stankiewitch

Quick-hit thought: Area on the roster that is thinner than the norm. Cannon, a tackle, has seen his work at right guard increase.

Defensive tackle (8)

Vince Wilfork

Tommy Kelly

Marcus Forston

Joe Vellano

Anthony Rashad White

Cory Grissom

Scott Vallone

Armond Armstead (non-football illness)

Quick-hit thought: Depth a question after starters Wilfork and Kelly.

Defensive end (8)

Chandler Jones

Rob Ninkovich

Justin Francis

Jermaine Cunningham

Jake Bequette

Marcus Benard

Michael Buchanan

Jason Vega

Quick-hit thought: Good competition behind Jones and Ninkovich; Francis looks like a lock, but after that it’s wide open.

Linebacker (10)

Jerod Mayo

Dont’a Hightower

Brandon Spikes

Jamie Collins

Dane Fletcher

Mike Rivera

Niko Koutouvides

Steve Beauharnais

Jeff Tarpinian

A.J. Edds

Quick-hit thought: More speed with Collins in the mix; the question is how much he’s utilized.

Cornerback (8)

Aqib Talib

Alfonzo Dennard

Kyle Arrington

Ras-I Dowling

Logan Ryan

Marquice Cole

Brandon Jones

Justin Green

Quick-hit thought: The oft-injured Dowling is banged up again, and with Dennard’s legal situation potentially affecting his status, it could test depth.

Safety (7)

Devin McCourty

Adrian Wilson

Steve Gregory

Tavon Wilson

Duron Harmon

Nate Ebner

Kanorris Davis

Quick-hit thought: Adrian Wilson and Gregory have been rotating next to McCourty with the top unit.

Specialists (5)

Stephen Gostkowski (kicker)

Zoltan Mesko (punter)

Ryan Allen (punter)

Danny Aiken (long snapper)

Mike Zupancic (long snapper)

Quick-hit thought: Competition at punter bears watching as Allen has been competitive.