Bill Belichick on Patriots roster: ‘Depth is like an insurance policy’

"You never know where you're going to need it."

Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason game. –AP Photo/Charles Krupa

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Monday offered a relatable comparison when discussing the value of maintaining a deep roster.

“Depth is like an insurance policy,” Belichick said before practice at Gillette Stadium. “If you never need it, then you don’t need it. If you need it, then you’re glad you have it. You never know where you’re going to need it.”

“You can’t have depth everywhere,” he continued. “You have to decide, based on whatever criteria you want to use, where to have it. Wherever you have it, there’s going to be somewhere you don’t have it. Every team’s facing those same decisions as to where to have it and where you don’t have it.”

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The Patriots will need to channel their depth at offensive tackle this season, given rookie offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn’s recent injury. Wynn — who the Patriots drafted 23rd overall in June — tore his left Achilles’ tendon during New England’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday. He is expected to miss this season, which means swing tackle LaAdrian Waddle will likely get more reps alongside left tackle Trent Brown.

Belichick was complimentary of Waddle’s contributions Monday.

“He’s done a solid job,” he said. “He’s an experienced player. He’s spent multiple years in our system, playing both sides. He gives us a solid, consistent level of play.”

Marcus Cannon, Matt Tobin, Ulrick John, and Cole Croston round out the Patriots’ depth chart at offensive tackle. Cannon missed his 10th straight preseason practice Monday, but his muscle-related injury is reportedly minor.

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