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Roster Breakdown: Quarterback

Locks: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo

Bubble: Matt Flynn

Long shots: None

BREAKDOWN:You may have heard about Brady's tumultuous offseason that included a four-game suspension and recent appeal hearing with Roger Goodell. In case you haven't, the outcome of the hearing will potentially impact this position greatly. Obviously if Brady is not available to start the season the Patriots will need a backup for Garoppolo, and the veteran Flynn should be able to fill that role. Flynn would provide an experienced presence behind Garoppolo should the second-year man stumble as Brady's replacement. If Brady wins the appeal and doesn't have to miss any games, then he and Garoppolo will be on their own.

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