Extra Points

Breaking down the 92

After signing Terrence Nunn on Monday, the Patriots currently have 92 players on their roster, which is the most of any team in the NFL. Teams can have up to 80 players under contract, but draft picks don’t count against that limit until they sign contracts.

Here is the second part of a continuing breakdown of the roster, with quick-hit thoughts at each position:

Personnel: Dan Koppen, Al Johnson, Russ Hochstein, Dan Connolly, Billy Yates
Quick hit: Koppen returns as starter; Johnson landed 1-year, $950,000 deal to challenge him; Connolly must improve shotgun snaps to have a chance.

Personnel: Logan Mankins, Stephen Neal, Rich Ohrnberger, George Bussey, Dan Connolly, Russ Hochstein, Al Johnson, Ryan Wendell, Billy Yates
Quick hit: Mankins (left) and Neal (right) back as starters; Ohrnberger, a fourth-round pick, should stick; Hochstein and Yates have been super subs; Competition for back-end roster spots to be intense.


Offensive tackle
Personnel: Matt Light, Nick Kaczur, Mark LeVoir, Ryan O’Callaghan, Wesley Britt, Sebastian Vollmer, Damane Duckett, Jermail Porter
Quick hit: Light has occupied left side since 2001; Vollmer, a second-round pick, should have a roster spot but can he challenge Kaczur for a starting spot at right tackle?; LeVoir was a solid swing tackle in 2008.

(up next: defensive ends, defensive tackles)


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