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New England Patriots' projected roster

7/27/2014

Examining the New England Patriots' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

Not reading anything into Garoppolo's handful of interceptions in the early days of camp. Mallett, as expected at this point, looks like he has the edge for the No. 2 job.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

Bolden, who has struggled at times early in camp with ball security and catching the ball, still sticks because of his important role on special teams.

FULLBACKS (1)

When the pads came on this weekend for the first time, the hard-charging Develin was part of some of the biggest collisions as he brings an edge to the offense.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

We went light with just two tight ends in the initial projection but add Williams in this time because we're somewhat intrigued with his potential as a "move" option in the two-tight-ends package. Justin Jones lands on the practice squad.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)

The top four are solidified, and then it comes down to LaFell ($3 million signing bonus) and Boyce (2013 fourth-round pick). Does the team have enough room to keep both?

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

There's a long way to go, but in this projection, Stork (fourth round, Florida State) beats out incumbent Ryan Wendell for the starting job at center.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

There is always a surprise cut, and 33-year-old Tommy Kelly, coming off a torn ACL that limited him to four games last season, would qualify as one in this projection.

LINEBACKERS (6)

With White and Davis potentially serving as core special teamers, it could threaten 2013 seventh-round pick Steve Beauharnais' place on the roster.

CORNERBACKS (5*)

Because Browner is suspended for the first four regular-season games, he won't count against the initial 53-man roster limit. But he is included here because he is obviously a significant part of the team's overall planning for the 2014 season.

SAFETY (4)

Veteran Patrick Chung could always come back during the season in the event of injury. With rookie Jemea Thomas (sixth round, Georgia Tech) sustaining an undisclosed injury on the first day of training camp, he is edged out in this scenario by Wilson, who also contributes on special teams.

SPECIALISTS (4)

One of the under-the-radar training camp competitions is at snapper, where incumbent Aiken is being challenged by rookie Tyler Ott of Harvard.