5 players who won't be on the Patriots' 53-man roster come Week 1

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Trace McSorley

The Patriots currently roster four quarterbacks, and they'll likely go into the regular season with at least three of them. Unfortunately for Trace McSorley, he will probably be the odd one out.

When he was initially signed earlier this year, it was clear Bill Belichick was trying to maintain a similar play style of quarterback on the team. Mac Jones, Bailey Zappe, and McSorley are not known for being very mobile, which is a safe way for New England to maintain consistency in the position. However, that changed with the rise of rookie UDFA Malik Cunningham throughout training camp and the preseason.

If that continues throughout the remaining practices and games over the next few weeks, it's hard to imagine how McSorley would beat him out on cut-down day. Things change quickly in the NFL, so it's not impossible. But considering how electric Cunninghman has looked so far, his chances of falling flat on his face soon seem slim to none.

Because of any uncertainty Belichick may have regarding Jones or the backups, it wouldn't be shocking to see McSorley moved to the practice squad for insurance. We haven't seen enough from him yet to believe he ultimately should make the roster, especially over Cunningham, but keeping him within arms reach wouldn't be a bad idea.