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Patriots Roster Tracker 2013

Patriots Football Weekly keeps you up to date with the Patriots roster, with analysis each time there is a change.

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Patriots Football Weekly keeps you up to date with the Patriots roster, with analysis each time there is a change.

OFFENSE: QB | RB | TE | WR | OL
DEFENSE: DL | DB | LB | SPECIALISTS

Roster total: 52
Offense: 25
Defense: 24
Specialists: 3

QUARTERBACK (2)*Last updated Sept. 2, 2013
*

#NameHt.Wt.AgeExp.College
12Tom Brady6-42253514Michigan
15Ryan Mallett6-6245243Arkansas

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Positional Analysis:
Though Brady turned 36 earlier this summer, he remains among the truly elite in the game. There were rumors of trade interest in Mallett this offseason but after an up-and-down preseason he remains Brady's primary backup as he enters his third year.

RUNNING BACK (5)

Last Updated Sept. 10, 2013

#NameHt.Wt.AgeExp.College
22Stevan Ridley5-11220243LSU
38Brandon Bolden5-11220232Mississippi
29LeGarrette Blount6-0247264Oregon
46James Develin6-3255251Brown
33Leon Washington5-8192318Florida State

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Positional Analysis:
Ridley enters his third season after a 1,200-yard, 12-touchdown sophomore effort. Bolden is back after an up-and-down rookie year, and he'll likely battle trade addition and former 1,000-yard Bucs rusher Blount for playing time. Bolden is also battling an ankle injury and Blount has out-played him to this point.

TIGHT END (3)

Last Updated Oct. 9, 2013

#NameHt.Wt.AgeExp.College
87Rob Gronkowski6-6265244Arizona
47Michael Hoomanawanui6-4263244Illinois
88Matthew Mulligan6-4267285Maine

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Positional Analysis:
Gronkowski returned to the practice field after battling an infection in his formerly broken left arm but is arguably the best in the game when healthy. Hoomanawanui was a versatile backup last fall.

WIDE RECEIVER (7)

Last Updated Oct. 9, 2013

#NameHt.Wt.AgeExp.College
80Danny Amendola5-11188275Texas Tech
11Julian Edelman5-10200265Kent State
17Aaron Dobson6-320321RMarshall
82Josh Boyce5-1120322RTexas Christian
18Matthew Slater6-0210276UCLA
85Kenbrell Thompkins6-019624RCincinnati
10Austin Collie6-0204275Brigham Young

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Positional Analysis:
Amendola replaces Wes Welker as the expected top slot option and he has impressed. Thompkins has been the most consistent of the three rookies and should be the opening day starter on the outside. Dobson has been inconsistent but has excellent size and strong hands. Edelman has looked good since starting camp on PUP and provides insurance for Amendola. Boyce, who is the fastest of the bunch, has been a tad inconsistent catching the ball and hasn't had as many chances as the his fellow rookies, although he closed the preseason on a high note against the Giants. Slater's value is as a special teams performer.

OFFENSIVE LINE (8)

Last Updated Sept. 12, 2013

#NameHt.Wt.AgeExp.College
77Nate Solder6-8320253Colorado
70Logan Mankins6-4310319Fresno State
62Ryan Wendell6-2300275Fresno State
63Dan Connolly6-4310308Southeast Missouri State
76Sebastian Vollmer6-8320285Houston
61Marcus Cannon6-5340253Texas Christian
74Will Svitek6-6308318Stanford
64Chris Barker6-231023RNevada

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Positional Analysis:
Dante Scarnecchia returns his entire starting offensive line from a year ago. Solder is settling in at left tackle next to the All-Pro Mankins. Vollmer re-signed to stay on the right side, while former developmental types Wendell and Connolly are solid on the inside, although Connolly has been slowed by offseason shoulder surgery. He just returned to action recently and is still working back into shape. Cannon is making the move to guard but he, too, had been hurt before playing some tackle in the preseason finale. Svitek has played both guard and tackle and been solid, although he's currently battling an injury as well. Waiver claim Barker will provide some insurance.

DEFENSIVE LINE (8)

Last Updated Oct. 22, 2013

#NameHt.Wt.AgeExp.College
50Rob Ninkovich6-2260298Purdue
95Chandler Jones6-5260232Syracuse
93Tommy Kelly6-63253210Mississippi State
92Jake Bequette6-5265242Arkansas
99Michael Buchanan6-625022RIllinois
72Joe Vellano6-228524RMaryland
94Chris Jones6-230623RBowling Green
98Marcus Forston6-3305241Miami

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Positional Analysis:
Kelly brings experience and recent history as an interior pass rusher (7 sacks in both 2010 and 2011). Beyond him the ranks are thin on the inside. Ninkovich has turned his versatility into proven consistent production, while Jones will be looking for a huge Year Two jump after a relatively impressive rookie campaign. Bequette was a disappointment as essentially a healthy scratch as a third-round rookie last fall and seems to have been passed by rookie Michael Buchanan.

LINEBACKER (6)

Last Updated Oct. 16, 2013

#NameHt.Wt.AgeExp.College
54Dont'a Hightower6-3270232Alabama
55Brandon Spikes6-2255254Florida
91Jamie Collins6-325023RSouthern Mississippi
52Dane Fletcher6-2245264Montana State
58Steve Beauharnais6-223023RRutgers
59Chris White6-3238233Mississippi State

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Positional Analysis:
Spikes is a force in the running game, but otherwise limited in the middle. Hightower has the potential unique skill set to be a force in a variety of ways on the outside. The team's top pick Collins has impressive athleticism and versatility in his own right and has been used in sub packages often. Fletcher returns from injury as a backup option, while Beauharnais is a heady, driven rookie looking to fill a similar role. White was claimed off wiavers from the Lions and likely will get a chance to prove his worth on special teams.

DEFENSIVE BACK (10)

Last Updated Sept. 2, 2013

#NameHt.Wt.AgeExp.College
31Aqib Talib6-1205276Kansas
32Devin McCourty5-10195254Rutgers
37Alfonzo Dennard5-10200232Nebraska
23Marquice Cole5-10195295Northwestern
28Steve Gregory5-11200308Syracuse
27Tavon Wilson6-0210232Illinois
25Kyle Arrington5-10195265Hofstra
26Logan Ryan5-1119122RRutgers
30Duron Harmon6-120022RRutgers
43Nate Ebner6-0210242Ohio State

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Positional Analysis:
The re-signing of Talib this spring was huge, as the veteran was a key cog as a man-cover corner in his half season in New England last fall. He was been arguably the team's best player in camp. The captain McCourty now seems somewhat entrenched at safety, but there will be a battle for the job next to him. That will include Gregory, who was serviceable last fall. The rookie Harmon is coming on and has passed Wilson on the depth chart. Arrington was paid handsomely to be the top slot corner, although he could still be serviceable on the outside where Dennard had a solid rookie season. Dennard's health and legal status are also in question. Ryan has the solid skills to be a contributor both inside and outside as a rookie while Cole has shown promise in the slot as well. Ebner likely will remain as a special teams option.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Last Updated Sept. 2, 2013

#NameHt.Wt.AgeExp.College
6Ryan Allen (P)6-221523RLouisiana Tech
3Stephen Gostkowski (K)6-1215298Memphis
48Danny Aiken (LS)6-4260243Virginia

Positional Analysis:
Gostkowski struggled at times a year ago, but remains a strong-legged force on kickoffs. Aiken was a forgotten man for the most part, which is what a long snapper looks for. Allen showed a big leg this summer and took reps as the holder regularly en route to beating out the departed Zoltan Mesko.

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