QB: (3) Brady, Mallett, Garoppolo
Yeah, I know that Mallett sucked tonight, but he isn't going anywhere. He will sign somewhere else in 2015 as a FA.
RB: (3) Ridley, Vereen, White
I don't think Bolden makes it this year. It just seems like he is having a tough camp, and I think he is replaceable. I'd love to add Finch, but after tonight's game, I don't think he gets in. Too many ball security issues. Houston doesn't look like much, either. Another RB could still be added.
FB/H-Back: (1) Delvin
Delvin is one of my favorite stories on this team. Talk about working your way into a career. This guy was a complete after-thought a couple years ago. Now he is becoming a pretty important player for our offense. He blocks well, catches it well, and runs tough. He may end up being a 3rd TE and also get a lot of short yardage carries.
WR: (6) Edelman, Amendola, Thompkins, LaFell, Boyce, Tyms
I want to believe Dobson will be back and healthy soon, but I have some doubts. Foot injuries are tricky. In this projection I'm going to say that they place him on the PUP list for the first 6 weeks. Let that foot heal. That might be the smart move. Even without Dobson, I still like this set of WRs. LaFell seems to be coming on. It is dangerous to get too high on a WR based on a great preseason game, but I think Tyms looks the part. I'm interested to see if he can build on this game.
TE: (3) Gronk, Hooman, Jones
I know Jones is a long shot. I also know that he has struggled at times. But I can't ignore his physical presence. We were poor in the Red Zone last year. Having Gronk back will greatly help that, but why not keep another 6'8" TE around to develop as well? I think the Practice Squad would be the best place for Jones to develop, but I doubt that he would clear waivers. I think BB suprises us and keeps Jones around.
OL: (9) Solder, Vollmer, Mankins, Connolly, Cannon, Stork, Kline, Fleming, Halapio
Not really any suprises here. Many people feel like Wendell is getting cut, and I agree. I think that Connolly starts the year as our starting Center, and Stork may take over at some point. I still like Cave as a developmental prospect, but he is probably a practice squad candidate.
DT: (5) Wilfork, Easley, Siliga, Kelly, Chris Jones
Again, not any suprises here. I know that Siliga hurt his hand, but I bet he will be back by the first week or 2 of the regular season. We'll have to keep an eye on Jones' injury, but as long as he isn't hurt too bad, I think he is in.
DE: (4) Chandler Jones, Ninkovich, Buchanan, Moore
I like this group. Moore is a guy who they might like better on the P.S., but he probably wouldn't clear waivers. I think he will make the team. Watch Will Smith. I think that he could be a surprise cut if he doesn't step up. He could get caught in a numbers game if the young guys play well.
LB: (5) Mayo, Collins, Hightower, Anderson, Fleming
Fleming is the surprise player here. He has really flown under the radar so far, but I think he has a chance. Coming off of an injury last season, I think he has started out a little slow, but I also think he will pick it up as the preseason progresses. I think that White could make it in his place, but I think Fleming has more athleticism and upside. Both guys can be ST contributers. I thought Beauharnis looked slow tonight. He just isn't that athletic. I think he will get cut.
CB: (5) Revis, Ryan, Arrington, Dennard, Butler
Browner will be back after Week 4. In the mean time, it will give BB a chance to see what Butler can do. He looked like he belonged tonight. It will be fun to watch him going forward. If he slips up, Swanson could sneak in there, too.
S: (5) DMC, Harmon, Thomas, Ebner, Wilson
It will be interesting to see how our Safety situation developes. I want to count Ebner out every year, but BB seems to love his ST play. He will probably stick again. If Jemea Thomas returns in the next week or 2, he will stick. Otherwise he will probably go to IR. It sounds like both Chung and Wilson have gotten chances to play with the starters in camp, and both guys have been OK. For now I'll go with Wilson. Pretty much a coin-flip there.
ST: (4) Ghost, Allen, Aiken, Slater
No surprises here.
P.S. Finch, Swanson, Van Hoosier, Cave, Devey, Manumaleuna, Skinner, Gordon