3 huge mistakes the New England Patriots made with their 53-man roster

The New England Patriots' initial 53-man roster is far from perfect, as they made a few huge mistakes with it
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The lack of top-end talent on the New England Patriots' 53-man roster is evident. The team is going to have to mainly rely on excellent coaching if they want to succeed in the 2023 NFL Season. Teams across the NFL had to set their initial 53-man roster on Tuesday. Hundreds of moves were made across the league, and on a more sensitive note, many of these players who were cut during roster cutdowns may never play on an NFL team again.

It is a sad reality for many of them as their dreams could come to a screeching halt. However, the NFL is a business, and each team wants to win a Super Bowl. Players who simply aren't good enough are not going to make the roster, plain and simple. Well, the New England Patriots set their initial 53-man roster and will surely make a few more smaller moves before week one.

Did they make any mistakes with their initial roster? I found three huge ones.

3 huge mistakes the New England Patriots made with their 53-man roster
1. Patriots missed out on a potential trade for TE Albert Okwuegbunam

The New England Patriots only have two tight ends on their roster currently with Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki, two very athletic tight ends with pass-catching and redzone ability. However, having just two TEs on the roster is not exactly ideal, in my opinion.

I think this is especially true if the Patriots want to prioritize running the ball in 2023, which is what I think they will do. A move they easily could have made was making a trade for former Denver Broncos' TE Albert Okwuegbunam, who the Broncos sent to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the deal ended up essentially being a late-round pick swap.

Albert O as he is known had a very good preason finale and might be the fastest and overall most athletic tight end in the NFL. He's never broken out in Denver, but the Broncos haven't exactly had the best of offenses lately. Albert O has also taken strides as a blocker this year, so having him on the roster as a TE3 and another weapon for Mac Jones to use in the passing game would have made a ton of sense.

Now, they'll have to face him in week one when the Patriots face off against the Eagles.