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PFW's late-preseason roster projection

The preseason is winding down so we'll take the opportunity to offer another roster projection. There have been some changes from our previous 53-man groups based on the work we've seen this summer. Still some time for things to change, but here is our latest crack at the roster.

QUARTERBACK (2)

Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer

In the mix: Danny Etling

Changes: None

Analysis: Could Pats bring a veteran in to compete with Hoyer?

RUNNING BACK (5)

Rex Burkhead, James White, Sony Michel, Jeremy Hill, Brandon Bolden

In the mix: Mike Gillislee, Ralph Webb

Changes: Bolden grabs a spot.

Analysis: Injuries to Michel and Burkhead could force Bill Belichick to keep additional RBs.

FULLBACK (1)

James Develin

In the mix: None

Changes: None

Analysis: Pro Bowler is still a valuable part of the offense.

WIDE RECEIVER (4)

Julian Edelman*, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, Riley McCarron

In the mix: Devin Lucien, Braxton Berrios

Changes: Britt, Decker out, McCarron in

Analysis: Veterans not panning out opens door for McCarron.

TIGHT END (3)

Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, Jacob Hollister

In the mix: Will Tye

Changes: Tye making a push.

Analysis: Rookie Ryan Izzo is a practice squad candidate.

OFFENSIVE LINE (8)

Trent Brown, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, LaAdrian Waddle, Ted Karras, Ulrick John

In the mix: Cole Croston, Matt Tobin

Changes: None.

Analysis: Isaiah Wynn's injury is a blow to the depth up front.

DEFENSIVE LINE (8)

Trey Flowers, Lawrence Guy, Danny Shelton, Adrian Clayborn, Deatrich Wise, Malcom Brown, Derek Rivers, Adam Butler

In the mix: Keionta Davis, Vincent Valentine, Eric Lee, Geneo Grissom

Changes: None.

Analysis: Davis is getting plenty of opportunities to make a roster push.

LINEBACKERS (5)

Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, Ja'Whaun Bentley, Marquis Flowers

In the mix: Christian Sam, Harvey Langi

Changes: None.

Analysis: Special teams focus will factor into these decisions.

CORNERBACK (6)

Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones, Duke Dawson, Jason McCourty, Cyrus Jones

In the mix: J.C. Jackson, Keion Crossen, Ryan Lewis

Changes: None

Analysis: McCourty's spot look tenuous and a young guy could grab it.

SAFETY (4)

Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards

In the mix: Damarius Travis

Changes: None.

Analysis: Richards looks safe for another year.

KICKER (1)

Stephen Gostkowski

Analysis: Solid as ever during camp.

PUNTER (1)

Ryan Allen

In the mix: Corey Bojorquez

Analysis: Rookie has a big leg but lacks consistency and hasn't had any opportunities in games.

LONG SNAPPER (1)

Joe Cardona

Analysis: Running unopposed.

SPECIAL TEAMS (4)

Matthew Slater, Brandon King, Nicholas Grigsby, Nate Ebner

Changes: None.

Analysis: Bolden will be a factor here as well.

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