Re: 3 Open Roster Spots - could fill as soon as today
posted at 8/19/2013 2:17 PM EDT
In response to TFB12's comment:
By Mike Reiss
The Patriots have three open spots on their 90-man roster, and the expectation is that they will be filled (probably as early as today).
Here are the areas that look like they could use the biggest boost:
1. Offensive line. While Dan Connolly, Marcus Cannon and Markus Zusevics looked like they were getting closer to returns last week, an ankle injury sustained Friday by second-unit right tackle R.J. Mattes might require some reinforcements. Overall, could see multiple moves at this position -- interior and tackle.
2. Defensive tackle. Quality of depth behind starters Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly remains a question mark.
3. Wide receiver. With just 10 on the roster, that's a bit light compared to the rest of the NFL. But with so many youngsters, getting them game repetitions remains imperative. So it's a balance when considering adding at receiver.
4. Cornerback. The returns of Alfonzo Dennard and Ras-I Dowling would help, and they added LeQuan Lewis late last week, but depth remains thin when two of the top four projected players aren't practicing.
5. Quarterback. Seems unlikely the team would bring in a fourth signal-caller at this point, but No. 3 quarterback Tim Tebow struggled Friday in three primary areas quarterbacks are evaluated -- accuracy, decision-making and moving the offense/scoring points.
1 offensive lineman
1 Defensive tackle
these are my thoughts. Discuss
OL: Strong unit. No worries here.
QB: Brady is Brady. Mallett looks like a backup at best. Tebow is an embarrassment. I felt sorry for him, he was that bad vs TB. Mallett is a RFA in 2014. Pats need a real developmental QB that will eventually replace Brady.
DT: I'm not sold on Kelly. He's been terrible against the run. Vallone was cut and that's a shame. Forston has looked good.
DB: If Talib and Dennard are healthy this could be a decent unit.
RB: No worries.
WR: Better than last season. BB actually got it right here. Prior to 2013, Bellichick's WR draft record was poor at best. Dobson, Bryce, and UDFA Thompkins look like keepers. When healthy, Amendola > Welker - better hands, better speed, can effectively run more deep routes.
4-3 DE: RDE Jones stays healthy, all is well on that side. Ninkovich is an over achiever. I'd rather see the team move to a 3-4.
DT: Wilfork is 31. If his snap counts don't get lower, he might not hold up over the course of the season. Kelly is 32 and gets moved in the running game. He might be better as a 3-4 LDE. I like Forston. He looked good vs TB playing NT in 3-4 sets. I was disappointed they cut Vallone.
LBs: Collins can play. So can Hightower. With Mayo and Spikes, it would be a shame if this team continues using the 4-3 as its base. LB talent >>> D-line talent.
TE: Sudfeld's great senior season at Nevada went unoticed. Great UDFA find. Fells is a good blocker. Hoo-man is more FB than TE. I'm hoping Bellichick doesn't rush Gronk back like he did last year.