New England Patriots: Grading the Entire 53-Man Roster

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New England Patriots: Grading the Entire 53-Man Roster
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After weeks of speculation, the roster mysteries are over and done with for the New England Patriots.

The final cuts have been made (at least, the ones to trim the roster down to 53 players), the preseason games are over with and the Patriots who will take the field in Week 1 have taken form.

Some changes are yet to occur (such as an answer to the Brian Waters question), but for the most part, the Patriots have established themselves. And as always, there were surprises.

Deion Branch, considered a sure bet to make the team, is gone. Jeff Demps, the Olympic silver medalist who was supposed to revitalize New England's special teams, is on injured reserve and done for the year. Mike Rivera, Marcus Forston and Visanthe Shiancoe, widely considered cut-day fodder, are Patriots as of this writing.

Cut day rarely goes according to plan in Foxboro, but this one was one of the crazier editions. Here's how the roster's looking right now.

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