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New England Patriots 53-man roster projection, version 2.0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Much has changed since the initial 53-man roster projection leading into New England Patriots training camp.

Here is an updated projection heading into Friday night's preseason game against the Panthers:

Quarterbacks (2): Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo (cut: Ryan Lindley)

Quick-hit: For now, proceeding on the assumption that Brady will either win in court or have some type of appeal that keeps him on the roster.

Running backs (5): Jonas Gray, Brandon Bolden, James White, Dion Lewis, Travaris Cadet (cut: Tony Creecy)

Quick-hit: LeGarrette Blount doesn't count on the active roster due to his one-game suspension.

Fullback (1): James Develin

Quick-hit: Bill Belichick said he's one of the team's most dependable players on a day-in, day-out basis.

Tight ends (3): Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Michael Williams (cut: Michael Hoomanawanui, Asante Cleveland, Jimmay Mundine)

Quick-hit: Acquiring Williams in a trade with the Lions on Wednesday could have Hoomanawanui on the outside looking in.

Wide receiver (4): Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Reggie Wayne (cut: Josh Boyce, Chris Harper, Jonathan Krause, Zach D'Orazio)

Quick-hit: Brandon LaFell starts on PUP in this projection. Rolling some dice that Harper, an undrafted free agent from Cal, could sneak through to the practice squad as this came down to either him or Dobson.

Offensive tackle (4): Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Cameron Fleming (cut: Chris Martin)

Quick-hit: Solder enters the final year of his contract, so there's some short- and long-range factors to consider.

Guard (3): Ryan Wendell, Tre’ Jackson, Shaq Mason (cut: Josh Kline, Caylin Hauptmann, Ryan Groy, Chris Barker)

Quick-hit: Kline is on the bubble, but there's a glut and something has to give between him and rookie David Andrews.

Center (2): Bryan Stork, David Andrews

Quick-hit: An undrafted free agent from Georgia, Andrews has played his way on to the roster through two games.

Defensive tackles (4): Dominque Easley, Malcom Brown, Sealver Siliga, Alan Branch (cut: Casey Walker, Zach Moore, Joe Vellano, A.J. Pataiali'l)

Quick-hit: Chris Jones opens the season on PUP. Branch could be on the bubble, but sticks in this scenario because big-bodied defenders are hard to find.

Defensive ends (6): Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones, Jabaal Sheard, Trey Flowers, Geneo Grissom, Rufus Johnson

Quick-hit: Could be the deepest position on the roster.

Off-the-line linebackers (5): Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, James Morris, Jonathan Freeny (cut: Darius Fleming, D.J. Lynch, Eric Martin, Dekoda Watson, Xzavier Dickson)

Quick-hit: Dane Fletcher opens the year on PUP, while there could be some initial juggling at this spot with backups like Morris and Freeny as different areas of the roster are considered.

Cornerbacks (4): Malcolm Butler, Tarell Brown, Logan Ryan, Bradley Fletcher (cut: Darryl Roberts-IR, Robert McClain, Dax Swanson)

Quick-hit: Nothing is a given after the first three on the depth chart, but Fletcher - whose physical makeup as a bigger, longer corner makes him different from the rest of the group -- has built a little momentum after a couple of pass breakups last Saturday in New Orleans.

Safeties (6): Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Jordan Richards, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner (cut: Brandon King)

Quick-hit: Wilson has played well enough to earn a spot, but is probably the most likely candidate to fall victim to a numbers crunch. Perhaps a safety-needy team shows interest in a possible trade.

Kicker (1): Stephen Gostkowski

Punter (1): Ryan Allen

Snapper (1): Joe Cardona

Specialist (1): Matthew Slater