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Patriots Roster Stock Watch
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After two-plus weeks of practice action, PFW has decided to take stock of the Patriots roster. Who’s on the rise? Who’s trending in the wrong direction? Who’s holding steady?
Read on to find out which Patriots players are worthy of a Buy, a Hold or a Sell as they get ready to do battle in the 2013 preseason opener in Philadelphia against the Eagles. And remember a Buy doesn’t necessarily mean a guy is going to make the 53-man roster after camp, nor does a Sell mean that the player won’t make the team. This is about which way a player is trending more than his specific chances come roster cutdown time.
Running Backs (8)
Ben Bartholomew - HOLD
Stevan Ridley - HOLD - Fumbles have been a bit of an issue in camp, otherwise he’s looked solid.
Shane Vereen - HOLD - Was seemingly limited in a couple practices, but also showing versatility lining up wide.
Leon Washington - BUY - Veteran has looked good returning kickoffs and out of the backfield at times.
George Winn - HOLD - Has done little to stand out either way.
Tight End (6)
Rob Gronkowski - HOLD - PUP, but still excites the crowd walking on the field in shorts!
Michael Hoomanawanui - HOLD - Still showing fullback versatility and solid overall camp.
Zach Sudfeld - BUY - Has continued impressive pass catching and route running that caught everyone’s attention this spring.
Wide Receiver (11)
Kamar Aiken - HOLD - Been competitive in camp, but as a third-year player the clock is ticking.
Danny Amendola - BUY - Impressive rapport with Brady already. Quick, fast and reliable.
Josh Boyce - HOLD - Rookie has flashed elite speed. But hands have been inconsistent at times.
Aaron Dobson - BUY - Couldn’t have had a much better rookie training camp. Elite hands.
Quentin Sims - HOLD - Rookie free agent has made plays down the field when given chance.
Matthew Slater - HOLD
Offensive Line (15)
Dan Connolly - HOLD - Yet to practice while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Tyronne Green - HOLD - One of the many to get reps at right guard only to get banged up.
Kevin Haslam - SELL - Veteran has done little to show up, and has missed time to injury.
Josh Kline - HOLD
Luke Patterson - HOLD
Brice Schwab - HOLD
Nate Solder - HOLD - Veteran is healthy and settled in on the blindside.
Will Svitek - BUY - Backup swing tackle is also taking reps at right guard.
Ryan Wendell - HOLD - Out there every snap in the middle of things.
Markus Zusevics - HOLD - Had been taking reps at tackle and guard before missing time.
Defensive Line (16)
Armond Armstead - SELL - Has missed entirety of first training camp due to infection.
Marcus Benard - BUY - Has shown burst as rusher, both inside and out.
Jake Bequette - SELL - Not much report after red shirt rookie season.
Michael Buchanan - HOLD - Late pick has done little to catch the eye.
Chandler Jones - HOLD - Been on the field for every rep to kick off important second season.
Tommy Kelly - BUY - Free agent addition is massive, and could be a beast next to Wilfork.
Rob Ninkovich - HOLD - Always ready to do whatever is asked of him.
Scott Vallone - HOLD
Jason Vega - SELL - Not sure any player in camp seems to get fewer reps.
Joe Vellano - HOLD
Anthony Rashad White - HOLD
Vince Wilfork - BUY - Leading the charge at a new-look defensive tackle spot.
Jamie Collins - HOLD - Long, athletic, versatile edge player. Can he put it to use in game action?
A.J. Edds - HOLD
Dane Fletcher - HOLD - Veteran has returned to health as a backup in the middle.
Niko Koutouvides - HOLD
Mike Rivera - HOLD
Brandon Spikes - HOLD - Looks ready to show his stuff in game action.
Jeff Tarpinian - HOLD
Defensive Backs (15)
Kyle Arrington - HOLD - Solid camp for guy who’s always seemingly slotted for the slot but ends up starting.
Marquice Cole - HOLD - Hanging on depth chart thanks to lack of cornerback depth.
Kanorris Davis - BUY - Youngster getting higher-end reps and could be a surprise on the roster.
Ras-I Dowling - SELL - Just can’t stay healthy enough to prove whether he can compete.
Justin Green - HOLD
Duron Harmon - HOLD - Rookie has come on with high-level reps of late.
Brandon Jones - HOLD
Logan Ryan - HOLD - Rookie has given up his share of plays in camp to open career.
Aqib Talib - BUY - Veteran is clearly No. 1 corner, and challenging himself covering quicker Amendola in many drills.
Adrian Wilson - HOLD - Veteran has struggled at times covering tight ends, but is a load near the LOS.
Tavon Wilson - HOLD - Making plays rather than giving them up remains a problem.
Zoltan Mesko - HOLD - Has competition, but still a proven situational weapon.