We rolled by our 2022 New England Patriots 53-man roster projection pretty rapidly on the newest episode of the “Subsequent Pats Podcast”, however let’s present a tad extra info and context within the written model right here.
Mac JonesBrian Hoyer, Bailey Zappe
Brian Hoyer goes to be on the roster. He is been assured $ 3 million. I imagine Bailey Zappe must be, too. He obtained significant work throughout OTAs and minicamp, and has been grinding away to prepare for the autumn. With an enormous chunk of Hoyer’s worth coming behind the scenes, it would not shock me if Zappe was the workforce’s No. 2 on the depth chart sooner fairly than later.
Operating again (4)
Can Pierre Robust earn a job as a return man? He’ll possible need to contribute within the kicking recreation to earn a game-day spot come September. The Patriots simply don’t have an extended monitor file of wanting rookie “sub” backs to contribute straight away. Robust could need to if James White continues to be coping with his restoration from a 2021 hip damage. If White isn’t in recreation form by the tip of camp, JJ Taylor might find yourself touchdown a roster spot. Both method, I would anticipate a variety of passing recreation work for Rhamondre Stevenson this coming season.
OUT: Kevin Harris, JJ Taylor
Vast receiver (6)
DeVante Parker, Tyquan Thornton, Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Tre Nixon
Can the Patriots afford to maintain so many receivers – most of whom have little or no kicking-game worth? Until they’ll discover a commerce associate for the companies of Nelson Agholor, conserving six right here is sensible to me. They could not have a real No. 1, however they will have glorious depth and the power to face up to a number of accidents. Maybe the second-most useful place within the trendy NFL, insurance coverage right here issues. Tre Nixon is the wild card. He had a wildly spectacular spring however might want to maintain that up in coaching camp to win a spot.
OUT: N’Keal Harry, Ty Montgomery, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Malcolm Perry, Kristian Wilkerson
Tight finish (2)
Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith
On this state of affairs, the Patriots go mild at a place during which they’ve invested closely. However the dropoff from No. 2 to No. 3 (Devin Asiasi? Dalton Keene?) Is such that the Patriots might most likely afford to let a kind of 2020 third-rounders get to waivers, hope they move by, and re-sign them to the apply squad for depth.
OUT: Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene, Matt Sokol
Offensive line (8)
Trent Brown, Cole Unusual, David Andrews, Mike Onwenu, Isaiah Wynn, Justin Herron, Yodny Cajuste, Kody Russey
Justin Herron and Yodny Cajuste look like the highest reserve tackles on a workforce the place the beginning tackles have had points staying on the sphere. It would not shock me in the event that they saved each on the finish of camp in case catastrophe struck – because it did early final season within the type of a Trent Brown calf damage.
Kody Russey noticed loads of work with David Andrews considerably restricted within the spring. With Andrews persevering with to work his method again from shoulder surgical procedure, maybe there’s a gap for Russey to win a job as the newest undrafted participant to make the preliminary lively roster in New England.
OUT: Yasir Durant, Arlington Hambright, Drew Desjarlais, James Ferentz, Chasen Hines, Andrew Stueber, Darryl Williams, Will Sherman
Particular groups (7)
Matthew Slater, Cody Davis, Justin Bethel, Brenden Schooler, Jake Bailey, Joe Cardona, Nick People
Some previous standbys featured right here in addition to one newcomer. Brenden Schooler is a freaky athlete who might doubtlessly assist fill roles vacated by Brandon Bolden and / or Brandon King – each of whom departed Foxboro through free company this offseason.
OUT: Tristan Vizcaino, Ross Reiter, Jake Julien
Defensive deal with (5)
Christian Barmore, Lawrence Man, Davon Godchaux, Deatrich Clever, Carl Davis
Davon Godchaux falls into the Nelson Agholor class of 2021 offseason signing who’s costing the workforce actual cash regardless of a stage of efficiency final season that didn’t fairly match up. However, like Agholor, there’s not a lot for the Patriots to do. Godchaux was assured $ 9 million over two seasons and if launched would value the workforce over $ 5 million in useless cash.
Like Agholor, a commerce would alleviate Godchaux’s cap hit, however discovering a associate to tackle his base wage (over $ 6 million) might show a problem. Until there’s an adjustment made to his contract, Godchaux and his $ 10.25 million cap hit are possible in Foxboro to remain. For 2022, no less than. In the meantime, in terms of Clever, he is not a real defensive deal with; he is a participant who can kick inside in sub conditions. He is additionally not a real exterior linebacker. However he can and can assist the Patriots cope with their lack of depth within the exterior ‘backer division …
OUT: Henry Anderson, Byron Cowart, Invoice Murray, LaBryan Ray, Daniel Ekuale, Sam Roberts
Exterior linebackers (3)
Matt JudonJosh Uche, Ronnie Perkins
… This might merely be too few exterior linebackers if the Patriots are going to stay with a defensive philosophy that emphasizes 3-4 ideas. There merely aren’t many gamers at this spot although screaming to be saved. Perhaps Tre Nixon cools off and that opens up a spot for Invoice Belichick to maintain Anfernee Jennings or Harvey Langi as versatile linebackers who can contribute on particular groups. However for the time being, utilizing primarily Matt Judon, Josh Uche and Deatrich Clever on the sting – whereas hoping Perkins might be molded right into a usable participant – seems like the appropriate method to go.
OUT: DaMarcus Mitchell, Anfernee Jennings
Inside linebackers (4)
Ja’Whaun Bentley, Mack Wilson, Cam McGrone, Raekwon McMillan
This can be a place group that, in all probability, won’t ever have greater than two gamers on the sphere in any given state of affairs. So maybe there is a participant right here who might find yourself as a comparatively stunning launch by the tip of camp. However with accidents certain to strike at a place the place the calls for are bodily brutal, conserving 4 gamers – that includes a mixture of expertise (Bentley), promise (McGrone) or each (Wilson, McMillan) – has its advantages.
OUT: Harvey Langi, Jahlani Tavai
Robust security (3)
Kyle Dugger, Adrian Phillips, Jabrill Peppers
Versatility, versatility, versatility. This must be a enjoyable group for Jerod Mayo and Steve Belichick to deploy. Relying on the state of affairs, they may chip in in any respect three ranges. They’ll deal with enterprise within the run recreation and assist present protection assist towards sturdy targets by the air.
The one query could be if there may be an overcompensation right here by conserving three robust safeties (in addition to a number of slot corners) with a view to tackle what was an actual downside for the Patriots: move protection within the flats and up the seams.
OUT: Joshuah Bledsoe
Free security (1)
Outdated dependable will likely be again at it for an additional go in 2022. It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how he’ll be deployed on this iteration of the Patriots protection. Will he reside within the submit, as he has for the majority of the final a number of years? Or will he assist contribute to the disguise we might count on to see from this group frequently by mixing it up on the second stage or within the slot extra typically? We all know he’s nonetheless athletic sufficient to tug off that type of positional motion. However how inventive does the Patriots teaching workers wish to get?
Malcolm Butler, Jalen Mills, Terrance Mitchell, Jack Jones, Myles Bryant, Marcus Jones, Jonathan Jones
There was one alteration we made right here between recording Subsequent Pats and scripting this up. No shock, it has to do with the draft decide that had Subsequent Pats headquarters buzzing extra so than another this spring: Marcus Jones. He is recovering from shoulder procedures that had him in a crimson non-contact jersey this spring, and it is attainable the workforce desires to work him in slowly as he recovers and adjusts to professional life. But when he’s wholesome sufficient to play by the tip of camp, why not get him in uniform as rapidly as attainable?
He’d be the workforce’s prime return possibility and a menace to make splash performs within the secondary due to his instincts, velocity and ball expertise. The Patriots aren’t so proficient that they’ll afford to maintain gifted gamers off the sphere, and Jones is a gifted participant.
OUT: Shaun Wade, Joejuan Williams