QB(3): Tom Brady, Ryan Mallet and Tim Tebow.
I don't think Tebow has earned a spot, I don't want him to make the team, but Belichick is as arrogant as they come and he rarely ever wants to admit he's wrong. His amazing defense of Tim Tebow after posting historic low numbers as an "improvement" was all too telling. Kraft likes the guy a lot, McDaniels loved him enouigh to draft him in round 1 and they've installed an entire package for him. He sticks, the fix is in.
RB (4): Ridley, Vareen, Blount and Washington
Bolden is a scrub, he's only had one good game as a pro and he was pumped on steriods. I would rather take a proven 1,000 yard season RB in Blount over Bolden. I've never understood the love for this guy, he plays like Benny, but he's not nearly as strong. He plays more like Marooney when he can't find a hole and once he gets contacted. Why do you guys ike him?
WR (6): Amendola, Thompkins, Dobson, Boyce, Edelman and Slater.
Amendola and Edelman are one in the same. They're slot WRs who can occasionally play outside with good enough speed, Edelman makes the team because he is, arguably, one of the greatest PR men in the NFL. Slater makes the squad for the same reason, he's a fantastic gunner. The three rookies, obviously, make the team. Good showing from them and great potential.
TE (3): Ballard, Sudfeld, Hoomanawanui
Ballard makes Fells expendable, Sudfeld is this year's Julian Edelman/Benny a slew of other UDFAs New England always lands that contribute. Sure, Thompkins can be that guy too, but Sudfeld is a red-zone target that will be Tommy's new BFF this season. Hoo-Man plays FB and TE, save a spot and keep a guy who plays both spots. Plus, Hoo-Man is an underrated pass catching TE.
OT (3): Vollmer, Solder, Svitek
Nothing to see here, moving on.
OG (3): Mankins, Conolly, Cannon
Same thing here, nothing to see here. Move on.
C (2): Wendell, Kline
I don't follow OL play, no denying that from me. But Kline has been rising on everyone else's list and I will add him for that reason alone. I also like that he plays multiple positions along the line as Cannon and Svitek can also play OG/OT.
DE (5): Jones, Ninkovich, Bernard, Francis, Buchanan
Jones will have a monster year if he stays healthy, Ninkodink will see a lot of single coverage this year, he needs to step it up and take advantage. Bernard hasn't shown me anything, but he has made Belichick play him with the ones. He takes another riod abuser's spot in Cunningham. Can't believe BB passed on Carlos Dunlap a pick before he picked Cunningham, the guy who was better in college when he lined up with Cunningham every saturday! I hate when BB outsmarts himself! Francis hasn't played muc this PS, but the guy is a warrior who fought his way on to the squad last season and then ought his way onto the field ahead of overhyped, overrated, undertalented Bequette who's spot will be taken by the former UDFA. And I really like Buchanan's game, the guy is a high motor guy who gave it all in every game Ive seen him in. He wont find the PS, dont even try, BB.
DT (3): Wilfork, Kelly, Forston.
Could Kelly and Wilfork turn into another Warren and Seymour? I certainly hope so, these guys are going to dominate and force Chandler and Nink into a ton of Would rather have Arthur Jones, but beggars can't be choosers.
OLB (3): Mayo, Hightower, Collins,
MLB(3) : Spikes, Fletcher, Beauharnais
Fletcher can play out on the Weakside and continue as Mayo's back-up, but Beauharnais makes the squad. He's the only Rutgers player I actuall like from the draft and he wont survive the PS either.
CB (6): Talib, Dennard, Arrington, Dowling, Ryan, Cole.
I want to cut Dowling, but I can't. Too much talent, too much upside. Maybe his injury for the season is what kept him out of the two preseason games and the rest of the season is a clean slate, but I don't want to cut him. Cole makes the team as a ST ace playing Gunner alongside Slater.
S (5) : McCourty, A. Wilson, Gregory, Harmon, Ebner.
No way, or point, we keep 6 S. I've had it with Tavon's unintelligent play, he's just a dumb safetyand those are useless. He's a better cover S than Gregory, but both fall for a PA fake. What's worst is Tavon falls for every double move and he cant tackle! WOW!
ST (3): Ghost, Aiken, Mesko.
PUP: Gronk, Armstead