Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection 1.0

While the details of the 2020 NFL season are still uncertain, the Patriots are scheduled to report for training camp on July 28. Training camp brings about intense roster battles and the chance for young upstarts to begin making a name for themselves. There’s still so much to learn about this year’s Patriots team, but with training camp on the horizon, we thought we’d make our first roster prediction.

Quarterback (2)

Making the Team: Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer

Cut: J’Mar Smith, Brian Lewerke

Analysis: We expect the Patriots to try and keep J’Mar Smith on the practice squad, but he’ll need to really stand out to make the final roster.

Running Back (6)

Making the Team: Sony Michel, James White, Damien Harris, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, FB Danny Vitale

Cut: J.J. Taylor, FB Jakob Johnson

Analysis: The news of Michel’s injury likely means the Patriots keep five running backs on the roster. While admittedly on the J.J. Taylor bandwagon, without seeing him in training camp or the preseason we can’t put him on the roster just yet. Taylor needs to make a big splash at training camp to push Burkhead off the roster. We wrote about Taylor and his roster chances.

Wide Receiver (6)

Making the Team: Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry, Matthew Slater, Mohamed Sanu, Jeff Thomas, Jakobi Meyers

Cut: Quincy Adeboyejo, Will Hastings, Devin Ross, Sean Riley, Gunner Olszewski, Isaiah Zuber, Marqise Lee, Damiere Byrd

Analysis: The battle for roster spots at wide receiver will be intense. Some might want Mohamed Sanu gone but we don’t think the Patriots give up on him just yet. Damiere Byrd, Marqise Lee, Jeff Thomas, and Jakobi Meyers will all battle for the final two spots. Byrd and Lee will make it close, but we think Thomas and Meyers to make it due to their youth and potential.

Tight End (3)

Making the Team: Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene, Ryan Izzo

Cut: Rashod Berry, Jake Burt, Matt Lacosse

Analysis: Even though both had underwhelming seasons a year ago, the Patriots will likely keep either Ryan Izzo or Matt Lacosse for the third tight end spot. We think Izzo makes it due to his smaller cap hit. If both rookies quickly pick up the offense this summer we could see the Patriots roll with two tight ends. We predicted the roles for the rookie tight ends.

Offensive Line (9)

Making the Team: David Andrews, Joe Thuney, Shaq Mason, Isaiah Wynn, Marcus Cannon, Yodny Cajuste, Hjalte Froholdt, Korey Cunningham, Michael Onwenu

Cut: Najee Toran, Justin Herron, Jermaine Eluemunor, Dustin Woodard

Analysis: While the Patriots traded a fourth-round pick for Jermaine Eluemunor a season ago, the Patriots will opt to keep their recent draft choices instead. The hardest choice came down to Michael Onwenu or Dustin Woodard. We like both but ultimately chose Onwenu because he may not reach the practice squad if he’s cut. Woodard could very well make the roster as the backup center, but for now, he’s on the outside looking in. We wrote about what to expect from Justin Herron, Michael Onwenu, and Dustin Woodard in year one.

Defensive Line (4)

Making the Team: Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler, Byron Cowart, Beau Allen

Cut: Nick Thurman, Deatrich Wise Jr., Bill Murray, Nick Coe, Courtney Wallace

Analysis: Deatrich Wise Jr. has shown potential but the scheme fit just isn’t there with the Patriots. Bill Murray, Nick Coe, and Courtney Wallace will likely be battling for practice squad spots. The Patriots could look to add another veteran to compete with Beau Allen and Byron Cowart.

Edge (4)

Making the Team: John Simon, Anfernee Jennings, Josh Uche, Chase Winovich

Cut: Tashawn Bower, Shilique Calhoun, Derek Rivers

Analysis: Shilique Calhoun has the best chance among the cuts to make the roster, but the edge group is pretty well set with a ton of youth and potential. We discussed the year-one roles for Anfernee Jennings and Josh Uche.

Linebackers (5)

Making the Team: Dont’a Hightower, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Brandon Copeland, Brandon King ,De’Jon “Scoota” Harris

Cut: Cassh Maluia, Kyahva Tezino, Terez Hall

Analysis: De’Jon “Scoota” Harris is the second rookie undrafted free agent to make the team in our roster prediction. The final linebacker spot likely comes down to Harris or sixth-round pick Cassh Maluia. We went with Harris because he can fill the Elandon Roberts role.

Corner (6)

Making the Team: Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Jason McCourty, Joejuan Williams, Justin Bethel

Cut: D’Angelo Ross, Lenzy Pipkins, Myles Bryant

Analysis: No surprises at the cornerback position. The Patriots will once again have the best corners in the NFL. Watch out for D’Angelo Ross and Myles Bryant on the practice squad, both can play but there’s simply no room on the final roster.

Safety (5)

Making the Team: Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty, Adrian Phillips, Kyle Dugger, Cody Davis

Cut: Terrence Brooks, Malik Gant, Adarius Pickett

Analysis: It’s tough letting go of Terrence Brooks. The veteran played solid football last season, but there’s simply not enough room in the secondary. After spending 2019 on the injured reserve, the Patriots might try and stash Malik Gant on the practice squad.

Special Teams (3)

Making the Team: P Jake Bailey, LS Joe Cardona, K Justin Rohrwasser

Cut: None

Analysis: This group will stay the same unless Justin Rohrwasser has struggles in the kicking game.

Toughest Cuts: Terrence Brooks, Damiere Byrd, J.J. Taylor

As the offseason progresses we will continue to update our roster predictions. Let us know if you agree in the comment section below!

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4 thoughts on “Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection 1.0

  • June 18, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    personally i’d go with Byrd over Thomas right now because of Byrd’s experience.

    • June 18, 2020 at 7:42 pm

      Byrd vs Thomas is the battle I’ll be keeping a close eye on.


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