We rolled by means of 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 reasonably than later.
Operating again (4)
Can Pierre Sturdy earn a task as a return man? He’ll seemingly need to contribute within the kicking sport 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. Sturdy might need to if James White remains to be coping with his restoration from a 2021 hip harm. If White isn’t in sport form by the top of camp, JJ Taylor might find yourself touchdown a roster spot. Both manner, I would anticipate loads of passing sport work for Rhamondre Stevenson this coming season.
OUT: Kevin Harris, JJ Taylor
Extensive 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? Except they’ll discover a commerce companion for the companies of Nelson Agholor, retaining six right here is sensible to me. They might not have a real No. 1, however they’re going to have glorious depth and the flexibility to face up to a number of accidents. Maybe the second-most invaluable 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 gentle 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 in all probability afford to let a kind of 2020 third-rounders get to waivers, hope they move by means of, and re-sign them to the follow 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 sector. It would not shock me in the event that they stored each on the finish of camp in case catastrophe struck – because it did early final season within the type of a Trent Brown calf harm.
Kody Russey noticed loads of work with David Andrews considerably restricted within the spring. With Andrews persevering with to work his manner again from shoulder surgical procedure, maybe there’s a gap for Russey to win a job as the most recent undrafted participant to make the preliminary energetic 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 Folks
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 Smart, Carl Davis
Davon Godchaux falls into the Nelson Agholor class of 2021 offseason signing who’s costing the workforce actual cash regardless of a degree 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 companion to tackle his base wage (over $ 6 million) might show a problem. Except there’s an adjustment made to his contract, Godchaux and his $ 10.25 million cap hit are seemingly in Foxboro to remain. For 2022, at the least. In the meantime, relating to Smart, he isn’t 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
Outdoors 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 stored. 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 in the mean time, utilizing primarily Matt Judon, Josh Uche and Deatrich Smart on the sting – whereas hoping Perkins will be molded right into a usable participant – appears like the correct solution to go.
OUT: DaMarcus Mitchell, Anfernee Jennings
Inside linebackers (4)
Ja’Whaun Bentley, Mack Wilson, Cam McGrone, Raekwon McMillan
It is a place group that, in all probability, won’t ever have greater than two gamers on the sector 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 top of camp. However with accidents sure to strike at a place the place the calls for are bodily brutal, retaining 4 gamers – that includes a mixture of expertise (Bentley), promise (McGrone) or each (Wilson, McMillan) – has its advantages.
OUT: Harvey Langi, Jahlani Tavai
Sturdy 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 might chip in in any respect three ranges. They will deal with enterprise within the run sport and assist present protection assist towards sturdy targets by means of the air.
The one query could be if there’s an overcompensation right here by retaining three robust safeties (in addition to a number of slot corners) with the intention to handle 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 probably be again at it for an additional go in 2022. It will be fascinating to see how he’ll be deployed on this iteration of the Patriots protection. Will he stay 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 anticipate to see from this group frequently by mixing it up on the second degree or within the slot extra usually? We all know he’s nonetheless athletic sufficient to tug off that sort of positional motion. However how inventive does the Patriots teaching employees need 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 some other this spring: Marcus Jones. He is recovering from shoulder procedures that had him in a pink non-contact jersey this spring, and it is attainable the workforce needs to work him in slowly as he recovers and adjusts to professional life. But when he’s wholesome sufficient to play by the top of camp, why not get him in uniform as rapidly as attainable?
He’d be the workforce’s high return choice and a menace to make splash performs within the secondary due to his instincts, pace and ball abilities. The Patriots aren’t so proficient that they’ll afford to maintain gifted gamers off the sector, and Jones is a gifted participant.
OUT: Shaun Wade, Joejuan Williams