- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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As the Patriots prepare for today's joint practice with the Eagles, here is a roster reset that accounts for all the recent moves:
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)
Quick-hit thought: Could be as many as five sticking on the final roster, with Bolden adding value on special teams.
Quick-hit thought: Both longshots to stick, as the fullback isn’t a big part of the offense.
Tight end (6)
Quick-hit thought: Time to see if Sudfeld’s strong work on the practice field translates to preseason games.
Wide receiver (11)
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)
Quick-hit thought: Top three are locked in.
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)
Anthony Rashad White
Armond Armstead (non-football illness)
Quick-hit thought: Depth a question after starters Wilfork and Kelly.
Defensive end (8)
Quick-hit thought: Good competition behind Jones and Ninkovich; Francis looks like a lock, but after that it’s wide open.
Quick-hit thought: More speed with Collins in the mix; the question is how much he’s utilized.
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.
Quick-hit thought: Adrian Wilson and Gregory have been rotating next to McCourty with the top unit.
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.