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New England Patriots' projected roster

8/17/2014

Examining the New England Patriots' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

Garoppolo keeps showing impressive poise and presence, while Mallett played well Friday night as well.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

Don't have many doubts that Bolden will be there, but wondering if there is a way Roy Finch might be able to sneak on the roster. In this scenario, he'll land on the practice squad instead.

FULLBACKS (1)

Showed up as a pass-catcher in Friday's game as he continues to round out his skills.

TIGHT ENDS (2)

Sticking with just two, with the thinking that Develin could factor into this mix and players like D.J. Williams and/or Steve Maneri will be on the emergency list.

WIDE RECEIVERS (7*)

Tyms sticks because he won't count against the roster initially as part of his four-game suspension. Boyce hasn't done enough to warrant a spot, but his future potential and the feeling that it's too early to give up on him keeps him on for now.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Time to start paying more attention to Devey, the first-year player from Memphis who spent last year on the practice squad, as a legitimate candidate to earn a roster spot. He takes the place of sixth-round draft choice Jon Halapio in this scenario, with the team's hope that Halapio could land on the practice squad.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Would like to find a way to keep Will Smith, but spots are tough to come by and he hasn't done much to distinguish himself at this point. If Siliga's injury is more of a long-term situation, it could open the door for someone like Jerel Worthy.

LINEBACKERS (6)

The Patriots could explore the waiver wire at this spot, as the depth is a question mark behind the top trio.

CORNERBACKS (6*)

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. Butler, an undrafted free agent from West Alabama, continues to make plays.

SAFETIES (4)

Patrick Chung and Tavon Wilson could be part of the emergency list in the event of injury, while cornerbacks Arrington and Ryan could also factor into the mix.

SPECIALISTS (4)

Aiken looks more secure this week after the release of Tyler Ott on Sunday.