If the Patriots make another roster move today, a good bet is that it will be a guard.
Teams with a lower record receive priority on waiver claims (players with less than 3 accrued seasons go through the waiver process). Because the Patriots were 16-0 last season, they are 32nd of 32 teams on the pecking order.
In terms of their personnel at guard, the Patriots have Logan Mankins as a starter at left guard and Billy Yates projects to start at right guard.
But with top backups Russ Hochstein and Dan Connolly sidelined due to injuries -- and Stephen Neal opening the season on the physically unable to perform list -- the team could enter Sunday's season opener without anyone behind Mankins and Yates.
A few guards generating some interest on the waiver wire -- but who weren't officially claimed -- were Jacob Bender (Jets), Andrew Crummey (Redskins), Dylan Gandy (Broncos), Travis Leffew (Chiefs) and Evan Mathis (Panthers).