New England Patriots pre-Preseason Game Four 53-man Roster Prediction

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Aug 28, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots quarterback

Tom Brady

(12) passes the ball during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

QB: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo (2)

CUT: Ryan Lindley – QB

Lindley has not played this preseason and is just insurance if quarterback Tom Brady is suspended and they need a back-up for a few games. The guess here is that Brady plays week one with an injunction or victory in court.

Aug 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints inside linebacker

David Hawthorne

(57) tackles New England Patriots running back

Jonas Gray

(35) during the second quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

RB: LeGarrette Blount*, Jonas Gray, Brandon Bolden, James White, Dion Lewis (4)

*Blount will not count against the 53-man roster in week one as he has to serve a one-game suspension.

CUT: Tony Creecy, Travaris Cadet

Most New England Patriots fans could not pick camp body Tony Creecy out of a line-up. Cadet impressed early in camp but he has lost significant ground during the preseason games and has been passed by White and Lewis.

TE: Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Michael Hoomanawanui (3)

CUT: Asante Cleveland, Michael Williams

There are just too many other positions to keep a tight end who will never see the field. Michael Williams is basically going against offensive tackle Cameron Fleming for the blocking tight end role. Fleming, remember, filled that role against Indianapolis when Jonas Gray rushed for 200 yards. Cleveland has not looked bad, but it is just a numbers game at this point and he does not make the cut.

WR: Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, Reggie Wayne, Danny Amendola, Matthew Slater, Jalen Saunders, Aaron Dobson (7)

CUT: Chris Harper, Zach D’Orazio, DaVaris Daniels

Daniels was signed just to get a closer look at a potential practice squad player. Chris Harper impressed early and may have a future down the line with the team. D’Orazio has played just 21 snaps this summer.

Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots tackle

Nate Solder

(77) in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

OT: Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon, Cameron Fleming (4)

CUT: Chris White, Caylin Hauptmann

New England can only go four deep at tackle. Williams got lumped with the tight ends. The tough cut was White who actually looked good at times during the preseason. He should be a lock for a practice squad spot. Hauptmann’s struggle to stay healthy hurt his chances.

OG: Josh Kline, Shaquille Mason, Ryan Wendell, Tre’ Jackson (4)

CUT: Ryan Groy

Groy has not stood-out like the fourth round draft picks have this summer. Josh Kline and Wendell should be starting in week one and are locks–particularly with Kline learning to play center during camp.

C: Bryan Stork, David Andrews (2)

No one expected undrafted free agent David Andrews to win a spot but if the Patriots keep ten offensive linemen there is no way they can sneak the impressive young center from Georgia through waivers to the practice squad.

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