Patriots Projected 53-Man Roster

Saturday marks the final round of roster cuts heading into the 2008 NFL Season. For many players, it's the end of the line. Here are our projections based upon our insider resources.

Roster cuts aren't easy, just ask Bill Belichick who had that job at one time.

"That was my first job when I was with the [Indianapolis] Colts," Belichick said this week. "That was one of my first jobs."

Belichick felt that players didn't take it personally, but they knew when they saw him it was bad news.

"I think everyone knew at that time that I wasn’t the one making the decision. I wasn’t really the one telling them but when they saw me it was bad news. They knew that. They knew if I was in the area that didn’t boat well for them. If I wasn’t in the area then the coast was clear."

For the Patriots the Turk has 22 slips to hand out. Four of those slips were given yesterday when the team released DL Steve Fifita, DB Jeff Shoate, OL Jimmy Martin and TE Jonathan Stupar.

The other 18 will come today, including player moves to season-ending reserve/injured.

Patriots Insiders provide this list based upon what was seen in games, practice and during training camp.

OFFENSE (25) +2 PUP
WR1Randy MossChad Jackson 
WR2Wes WelkerKelley Washington 
WR3Jabar GaffneyC.J. Jones 
TEBen WatsonDavid Thomas 
OTNick KaczurOliver Ross (PUP) 
OGStephen Neal (PUP)Russ Hochstein 
CDan KoppenBilly YatesMike Flynn
OGLogan MankinsJohn Welbourn 
OTMatt LightWesley Britt 
QBTom BradyMatt GutierrezKevin O'Connell
RBLaurence MaroneySammy MorrisKevin Faulk
RB2Heath EvansLaMont Jordan 

Released:
WR Raymond Ventrone, TE Stephen Spach, TE Tyson DeVree, OG Stephen Sene, OL Dan Connolly, QB Matt Cassel, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis

IR:
Sam Aiken

DEFENSE (25)
DERichard SeymourMike Wright 
NTVince WilforkLe Kevin Smith 
DETy WarrenJarvis Green 
OLBAdalius ThomasShawn Crable 
ILBTedy BruschiLarry IzzoEric Alexander
ILBJerod MayoGary Guyton 
OLBMike VrabelPierre Woods 
CBEllis HobbsTerrence WheatleyJonathan Wilhite
SSRodney HarrisonJohn Lynch 
FSJames SandersBrandon MeriweatherMatt Slater
CBFernando BryantLewis Sanders 

Released:
DL Santonio Thomas, DL Kenny Smith, DL Titus Adams, LB Victor Hobson, LB Bo Ruud, LB Vince Redd, DB Antwain Spann, S Mark Dillard, OL Dan Connolly

IR:
Mike Richardson (If not IR then Richardson replaces Sanders)

 

SPECIALISTS (3)
KStephen Gostkowski
PChris Hanson
LSLonie Paxton

 


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