New England Patriots: 53-man Roster Projection

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Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New England Patriots quarterbacks Ryan Mallett (15), Tim Tebow (5) and Tom Brady walk to the field prior to a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Soriano:

Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett (2)

I would rather keep five running backs or an extra DB than keep Tim Tebow around, because that other player is better than Tebow and would provide more value to the roster than Tebow. Beyond that, Tebow has played so poorly that I believe the Pats could find a better project player in the late-round of next year’s draft, and that QB would actually have practice squad ability.

 

Matt Wincherauk:

Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett (2)

These quarterbacks are automatic locks to make the team. The question is where Tebow is, and my answer, is somewhere in the Arena Football League.

 

Gary Wolff:

Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett (2)

I can still see Tim Tebow being on the roster, but I no longer expect this to be the case.  His lack of familiarity with the offense was apparent and really magnified his lack of accuracy.  Tebow can win a lot of games in this league if a team committed to his skill set, but it won’t be the Patriots in 2013.  A couple weeks earlier, I thought the Patriots may try to deal Mallett now and settle on Tebow leading a run-centric offense should Brady go down with injury.  Yet the receivers look good in spite of their inexperience, and Ryan Mallett looks like he could mature very quickly if pressed into action.  The Patriots don’t have the luxury of using a roster spot on a 3rd quarterback.

 

Chris Martin:

Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett (2)

Tebow is gone and if I had the time, I’d write why. But seriously, negative yardage=see ya later, Bro.

 

Chris Simoneau:

Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, Tim Tebow (3)

It is a good thing that the only question at quarterback is whether to cut third stringer Tim Tebow. I see Tebow making this roster, but, hopefully, he won’t see the field.

 

Cyrus Gellar:

Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett (2)

I think Tim Tebow sealed his fate against Tampa Bay last Friday with his 1-7 -1 yards and 1 INT night. The Patriots coaching staff did not use Tebow at all against Detroit, and that spoke volumes to me in terms of how they themselves view Mr. Tebow.

 

Celia Westbrook:

Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, Tim Tebow (3)

This position has been mind-boggling for me since Tim Tebow took the field in the first two preseason games. Logically, Tebow is a no-go to make the 53-man roster spot. His preseason completion of five of 19 passes for 54 yards and one interception puts Tebow in the lowest passing rank (17.7) so far in this preseason according to CBS Sports. But somehow I can’t ignore this gut-feeling that there’s more in the picture that we’re actually seeing. Right now, Tebow is definitely holding every string he can hold to get his name on the 53rd spot. I think it will very well depend on how well Ryan Mallett will perform in this last preseason game against the New York Giants, and of course, this will be Tebow’s last shot in the matter. If Mallett performs well, he has a chance to raise his stock value for a trade next year and a chance to be a starter elsewhere; thus, leaving the Patriots with Tebow as a backup while he gets the project-development the team sees fit. It’s possible he could be used in a wild-cat formation or some other position Bill Belichick sees during the season just to mix-up scheme and avoiding predictability for defenses. As NFL Network Ian Rapoport indicated via Twitter as one reason Tebow didn’t play was because the plan was to play two quarterbacks in Week 3, just as they did last year in Week 3.

 

Chris Field:

Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett (2)

I really thought Tebow would have a place on this roster when he was signed, but as of right now I cannot find a reason to keep him in over other players.

 

Hal Bent:

Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett (2)

This position is one has the least amount of competition for the starting position this side of Green Bay with star Tom Brady at the helm.  The only question with Ryan Mallett being on the roster was whether Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden fell flat in training camp and if Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi gave up a top draft pick to New England for a favorite of his in Ryan Mallett. As bad as Wheeden looked against Indianapolis this weekend, he was impressive enough earlier in camp to keep his job there for the 2013 season.

The big question is Tim Tebow, who has simply not been in any way impressive enough to earn a precious roster spot. All along, he has seemed a candidate to suffer some kind of “injury” in preseason game four that lands him on injured reserve and preserves his roster spot until next year.

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  • chevss454 Will S.

    2 wks ago I thought Tebow had a guaranteed position. Now I think BB would like to have that guarantee voided.

    • Hal Bent

      Yes, would like to be a fly on the wall in the coaches room because it should be an interesting discussion with Josh McDaniels trying to keep Tebow and Belichick wanting the spot to go to a special teams player!

  • chevss454 Will S.

    TE is now the closest call for me. Fells is the superior blocker to Hooman but Hooman is the better receiver although Hooman doesn’t come close to Gronk or Suds as a receiver. Does BB need a blocker or a receiver? We have Ballard as a blocker; Suds’ receiving skills approach those of Gronk. Fells has the higher salary between him and Hooman. Fells could restructure to cement his place.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      TE has always been the most intriguing roster battle to me, because it is either a position battle if Gronk hits the PUP or a roster battle if Gronk doesn’t. I’d cut Fells due to salary.

      • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

        I agree, cut Fells…….cost > value

  • chevss454 Will S.

    Funny that a month ago WR was the most unsettled position for the Pats and now it’s the easiest to predict.

    I really hope Harrison is kept either via IR or NFI/PUP. Of all the Pats’ rookies, I had him the highest rated for the Pats. 6’3″, 235 lbs & 1 of only 4 WRs to ever put up the combine numbers he did…Harrison is in lofty company. He’s a faster, stronger version of Brandon Marshall who happens to catch the ball better, too.

    Btw, my next highest rated WR was Thompkins. Matt Waldman gets credit for turning me to Thompkins.

    • Hal Bent

      Great point! Harrison has a ton of upside and the Rutgers pedigree that goes over well in Foxboro…should be “redshirted” this year on IR and given a chance to become yet another “red zone target” with Gronk & Sudfeld next year.

  • chevss454 Will S.

    There’s a huge fall off after Nink and Jones. Bequette has been a disappointment, Buchanan & Benard are inconsistent & raw, although both have shown some flashes. Francis is a keeper. The position is ripe to be upgraded.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I kind of regret keeping Bequette over Buch in this piece, but I just decided to go with the more experienced guy. My opinion could easily change on Thursday, but both still don’t have it yet. I really like Benard the most out of the three, but the Pats cannot play him in that stupid sub-package role as an interior rusher.

  • Tom Caiazzo

    s soon as I see someone use Tebow and Arena league in the same sentence, they lose all credibility. Tebow at his best can’t play in a fast paced, fast decision, high accuracy passing league. The same goes for Canadian league.

    • Matt Wincherauk

      AFL fits his talent level, and I know he wouldn’t fit in the CFL. And would I lose all credibility for one half-serious comment? You’re one tough customer.

      • Tom Caiazzo

        as far as the AFL being a league for guys a step or two below NFL level, no question. To be an AFL qb is very demanding. A qb must make quick decisions, have a quick release, and be very accurate, none of these are Tebow skills. As for the writer being held to a tough standard, that’s what we they should expect when they put their work out there for us to read. My goal when I read these articles is learn, or to have different factual perspectives offered for me to consider. Liked your answer. Happy to avoid some of the dreck that is too often seen in the comments.

        • Matt Wincherauk

          I am too, thanks a lot for reading!

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    It is interesting to see how all the writers see the positional battles and the individual value of each player. Good article. The evaluations were insightful.

    I hope BB comes to his senses and cuts Tebow (he adds very little if any value to the team)

    The unimpressive play by both Wilsons may get Gregory added to the roster.

    Ras I-Dowling should not be placed on the IR again, always, if he is unable to play…..cut him loose.

    Hal, I have to disagree with you on Cunningham……I think he gets his walking papers.

    • Hal Bent

      Defensive end is a tough call, and you could well be right with Cunningham, Paul (I think almost everyone disagreed with me there, too!).
      The big reason I kept Cunningham on my 53 is he has shown a little (whether chemically enhanced or not!) when the games counted, over Bequette who seems to be invisible (even when he’s in the game, I only notice him when an offensive lineman blocks him out of the play).
      Thanks as always for the insightful comments, Paul. :)

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