- Mike Reiss, ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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The following is a look at the New England Patriots' updated roster with a quick-hit thought at each position:
Running back (4): Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden
Quick hit: No real veteran presence among the group, which is part of the reason they might regret releasing Leon Washington.
Fullback (1): James Develin
Quick hit: Was working along with the tight ends in practice, which provides a good snapshot of his fit on the roster.
Wide receiver (6): Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce, Aaron Dobson, Matthew Slater
Quick hit: Boyce, the speedy fourth-round pick, could also be a factor as the primary kickoff returner.
Offensive line (10): Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Will Svitek, Josh Kline, Braxston Cave, Chris Barker
Quick hit: After not drafting an offensive lineman in each of the last two years, the Patriots fill the back end with three undrafted free agents. Hard to imagine all three sticking.
Cornerback (4): Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan
Quick hit: While third-round pick Ryan has been a quick study, depth is thin here. That's why I thought Marquice Cole would make it.
SPECIAL TEAMS (3)
Specialists (3): Ryan Allen (punter), Stephen Gostkowski (kicker), Danny Aiken (long-snapper)
Quick hit: Allen was swarmed by reporters in the locker room Sunday as few saw him winning the competition over since-released Zoltan Mesko.
The following is a look at the New England Patriots' updated roster with a quick-hit thought at each position:OFFENSE (26)Quarterback (2): Tom Brady, Ryan MallettQuick hit: They have two openings on the practice squad, and it will be interesting to see if they fill one of them with a quarterback.