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Monday, July 15, 2013
Roster re-set with 3 open spots

By Mike Reiss

The Patriots have three open spots on their 90-man roster, which figure to be filled before the team begins 2013 training camp. With this in mind, here is an updated roster re-set:

Quarterback (3)
Tom Brady
Ryan Mallett
Tim Tebow

Quick-hit thought: Big preseason for Mallett to build his stock as a No. 2 worthy of a No. 1 job.

Running back (6)
Stevan Ridley
Shane Vereen
Brandon Bolden
Leon Washington
LeGarrette Blount
George Winn

Quick-hit thought: Deeper than 2012, but will they miss Danny Woodhead?

Fullback (2)
James Develin
Ben Bartholomew

Quick-hit thought: Seems like a longshot that they would devote a roster spot to this position.

Tight end (6)
Rob Gronkowski
Michael Hoomanawanui
Jake Ballard
Daniel Fells
Zach Sudfeld
Brandon Ford

Quick-hit thought: Intrigued by what we saw from Sudfeld in spring camps, but it’s a different ballgame when the pads come on.

Wide receiver (11)
Danny Amendola
Julian Edelman
Michael Jenkins
Aaron Dobson
Josh Boyce
Matthew Slater
Kamar Aiken
Donald Jones
Lavelle Hawkins
Kenbrell Thompkins
Mark Harrison

Quick-hit thought: Looks like they’ll be relying heavily on Amendola, just as they did with Wes Welker.

Offensive tackle (7)
Nate Solder
Sebastian Vollmer
Will Svitek
Markus Zusevics
Elvis Fisher
Kevin Haslam
R.J. Mattes

Quick-hit thought: A Solder-Vollmer bookend combination is one of the better ones in the NFL.

Center/guard (8)
Logan Mankins
Dan Connolly
Ryan Wendell
Marcus Cannon
Nick McDonald
Matt Stankiewitch
Chris McDonald
Josh Kline

Quick-hit thought: Wouldn’t be a surprise if a veteran is signed to add depth.

Defensive tackle (6)
Vince Wilfork
Tommy Kelly
Armond Armstead
Marcus Forston
Cory Grissom
Joe Vellano

Quick-hit thought: Great opportunity for Armstead and Forston to break through.

Defensive end (8)
Chandler Jones
Rob Ninkovich
Justin Francis
Jermaine Cunningham
Jake Bequette
Michael Buchanan
Marcus Benard
Jason Vega

Quick-hit thought: Multi-layered competition to monitor behind starters Jones and Ninkovich.

Linebacker (10)
Jerod Mayo
Dont’a Hightower
Brandon Spikes
Jamie Collins
Dane Fletcher
Mike Rivera
Steve Beauharnais
Niko Koutouvides
Jeff Tarpinian
A.J. Edds

Quick-hit thought: Anticipating a jump in playing time for Hightower, who was on for 51.6 percent of the defensive snaps last year.

Cornerback (8)
Aqib Talib
Alfonzo Dennard
Kyle Arrington
Ras-I Dowling
Logan Ryan
Marquice Cole
Stephon Morris
Brandon Jones

Quick-hit thought: With uncertainty surrounding Dennard, it shines a brighter spotlight on the depth and development of players like Dowling and Ryan.

Safety (7)
Devin McCourty
Adrian Wilson
Steve Gregory
Tavon Wilson
Nate Ebner
Duron Harmon
Kanorris Davis

Quick-hit thought: Adrian Wilson adds a bigger presence at the position.

Kicker (1)
Stephen Gostkowski

Quick-hit thought: Hard to believe it’s his eighth season; seems like yesterday he was selected to replace Adam Vinatieri.

Punter (2)
Zoltan Mesko
Ryan Allen

Quick-hit thought: Mesko is in a contract year and Allen brings credentials that include the Ray Guy Award.

Long snapper (2)
Danny Aiken
Mike Zupancic

Quick-hit thought: Aiken has solidified the position after being claimed on waivers from the Bills in 2011.