Left Tackle – Keavon Milton (Steelers)
Right Tackle – Blaine Clausell (Panthers)
Not much to analyze here unfortunately. Milton and Clausell are the only recognized offensive tackles still playing in the league that used to play for the Patriots. Both never actually played in a competitive game for the Pats but Milton gets the nod to protect Hoyer’s blind-side by virtue of having more NFL in-game experience.
Left Guard – Jordan Devey (Chiefs)
Right Guard – Josh Kline (Titans)
2nd String – Ian Silberman (Raiders)
Cut in Camp – Clay DeBord (Cowboys), Jon Halapio (Giants)
The offensive line does tighten up a bit in the middle with the additions of Devey and Kline. Both players were former practice squad members that managed to work their way onto the active roster at around the same time between the 2012-13 seasons. Kline started 13 games in his last season with the team but was a surprise cut the following year as two guards were picked up in the draft. Kline continued his momentum with the Titans last season and is the strongest member of the Ex Pats line. Silberman was a former 6th round pick in 2015 and has spent time on and off practice squads ever since. To be honest it’s a toss-up between Halapio and DeBord and Silberman, but we will go with Silberman as he has actual in-game experience (albeit one game).
Starter – Ted Larsen (Dolphins)
2nd String – Ryan Groy (Bills)
Readers of my other articles on this site will know that I have been a fan of Larsen for a while. A versatile interior lineman, Larsen is adept at both Center and Guard and could add some much-needed depth for the actual Patriots team. Groy provides a capable backup having replaced Eric Wood in Buffalo last year when he was injured. Groy can also play Guard which adds another string to his bow.
Let me know what changes you would make and next week we will take a look at the defense.