In response to WazzuWheatfarmer's comment:
QB: Brady, Mallett
RB: Ridley, Vereen, Washington, Blount, Delvin
WR: Amendola, Dobson, Boyce, Thompkins, Edelman, Slater
TE: Gronk, Sudfeld, Hooman, Fells
OL: Solder, Vollmer, Mankins, Wendell, Cannon, Svitek, Connelly, Kline
DT: Wilfork, Kelly, Fortson, Vellano (or FA)
DE: Nink, Jones, Buchanon, Francis, Benard
LB: Spikes, Hightower, Mayo, Collins, Fletcher, Beauharnis
CB: Talib, Dennard, Arrington, Ryan, Cole
S: McCourty, A. Wilson, Gregory, Harmon, T. Wilson
ST: Mesko, Ghost, Aiken
I think Gronk is PUPd and they carry Ballard, Sudfeld and Hooman to start the year. I like Hooman overall better than Fells. I think Brady does, too.
Depending on how a Ballard and Hooman look in the first 6 games, one will be released when Gronk is ready. That's what I would do, anyway.
Or, you could just as easily carry all 4 like last year and then stash Develin on the PS for games you want to activate him. I've partly been pining for a FB here for years, any kind of a FB, to justify them running a bit more in I Formation sets or split back sets with Brady under center.
The ability for checkdowns underneath or even by design, with Brady and these weapons could be devastating for Ds in the red zone.
Keep in mind, we play Buffalo and the Jets at home in the first 6 games, so I don't see why we need to rush Gronk back at this point.
In fact, I would PUP Gronk and Cannon since thet haven't played. Just use Josh Kline as a back up behind Svitek and Connolly.
Agree on Armstead PUPd. You'd think if they knew he would be IRd for the year, they would have already done that by now, don't you think?
I think they have a plan for him and he gets PUPd.
Agree with your S and CB lineup. I would go ahead and keep the extra Safety and keep just 5 CBs. If you really need your 5th CB, you are in trouble anyway. Stash Justin Green on the PS. He has looked ok at times with rookie flaws, so maybe just keep him around for more development.
I think Fletcher is on the bubble, but he may make it as the Don Davis/Tracy White role. Beuaharnais is a PS guy to me. You are better off keeping Tarpinian or Koutavides.
I have been disappointed with Benard. I don't think he makes it. He hasn't shown up at all.
I'd honestly (if healthy), rather keep Cunningham, mainly because you know he can play a solid DT while Benard has looked awful playing out of position there. I say Cunningham just gives you more as a back end roster guy. Bequette PS (if possible) or cut as a bust, and Francis and Cunningham are your swing back up DTs/DEs.
Lastly, I would cut Washington:
1. He's shown nothing. Blount and Boyce have looked better on kick offs. I can see BB thinking Blount gives you more as a spot or backup RB AND has been better on kick offs.
2. Bolden is talented. Ridley, Vereen and the experiment of Blount have shown more, but I still say if Bolden got more looks in camp, you'd see the flashes we've seen. He's young, he can play, he knows the system and we have NO in between the tackles RBs behind Ridley.
If RIdley went down, we'd have no one to turn to to be that guy that you can lean on to ice games with leads, winding the clock, moving the sticks in between the tackles.
IMO, that is literally why we have lost these big games and I don't want to be this close to fixing the main problem of why we lose these games strategically, and then forget why we have a FB in here, why Brady needs to be under Center more, etc, etc, etc.
Ridley is the guy, but I am just saying. Blount has limited in between the tackles ability. I know it's weird, because he's big, but he's not good at it. Meanwhile, Bolden is quick, low the ground, slithers well, and can get you those 4 yard runs in the 4th qtr.
BB did say his roster is 80 percent ready which is what I suspected.
Bolden's not that guy either, he blows.