After two preseason games, things are getting a bit clearer for the Patriots roster, so I thought now would be a good time to do another roster projection…
Quarterback: (2) Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett
No Tom Brady, but the Pats should be in good hands for the first four weeks of the season. Garoppolo has been very impressive this preseason, and I am excited to see what he can do with a full compliment of weapons at his disposal.
Running Back: (5) Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, James White, James Develin
I have no changes here right now, but we are getting very close to Dion Lewis starting the season on the PUP list, as he has yet to see any action this season. If he does in fact start the year on the PUP list, Tyler Gaffney would likely take his spot on the roster until Lewis is ready to go.
Wide Receiver: (5) Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Keshawn Martin
Coming into preseason, Aaron Dobson was going to have to really show out to earn a roster spot, and he just hasn’t done that. Through two games, Dobson only has four catches for 37 yards, as he has been outperformed by virtually every other receiver on the team.
Tight End: (3) Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, A.J. Derby
Derby has been the story of the preseason thus far for New England. The Pats signed Clay Harbor this offseason with the intention of being the third tight end behind the two big dogs, but Derby has played his way onto the roster through two preseason contests.
Offensive Line: (9) Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Josh Kline, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, Bryan Stork, David Andrews, Jonathan Cooper, Joe Thuney
The Pats are stacked along the offensive line, and that reflects with them having the ability to keep 10 quality guys on the opening day roster (Ted Karras was a tough cut). Thuney has been the stud thus far of the preseason, as even though he is a rookie, he is already dominating in the trenches.