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Pats 53-man roster projection (v. 3)

With this preseason game on tap, we predict what the final roster will look like

Updated: August 21, 2013, 2:54 PM ET
By Mike Reiss and Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

Not much has changed injury-wise since ESPNBoston.com's Patriots roster projection 2.0 was posted last week. But the performance of some players certainly has.

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Quarterback Tim Tebow is near the top of the list in that category, as his 1-for-7 passing performance against the Buccaneers, for minus-1 yard, might have him on shaky ground for a roster spot.

As always, we can expect some surprises when the real cuts are made, as teams must be down to 75 players by Aug. 27, and 53 players by Aug. 31.

Running back Leon Washington is a new consideration in the potential "surprise" category. He simply hasn't received much opportunity at this point, but that could always change.

Do the Patriots view Washington's kickoff return skills and locker-room presence a must-have? That is now one of the more intriguing questions to consider.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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