Start, Keep, Cut for All New England Patriots Offensive Positions

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Start, Keep, Cut for All New England Patriots Offensive Positions
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With presumed starters Tom Brady, Stevan Ridley, Danny Amendola and the like locked into many of the New England Patriots’ 53 roster spots, players like the polarizing Tim Tebow, grammatically challenging Michael Hoomanawanui and pulverizing LeGarrette Blount find themselves squarely on the bubble.  Other notables, like the lightning-quick Julian Edelman and complete-opposite-of-lightning-quick Jake Ballard, must also prove their worth in the coming weeks.

Several relative unknowns have also played their way into that bubble as well. 

Speaking of which, how exactly does one enter a bubble without popping it?  My best guess would be to sublime into a gaseous state and drift inside through diffusion, but I encourage alternative suggestions in the comments below.

Previously unbeknownst players like undrafted rookies Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins may, in fact, have performed well enough to bypass the bubble altogether.  Meanwhile, fellow no-names Kamar Aiken and Mark Harrison renew their battle daily as roster competition reaches a fever pitch.

Sadly, many of their bubbles will burst like overstretched Bazooka Joe, and players will find themselves hoping to stick on with another team like gum peppering an overgrown mustache.

Those who make the cut, however, will stay and compete for a game-day role.  Only 46 of the 53 players are allowed to dress for action on Sundays, relegating the other seven strictly to practice squad duty.

On the offensive side of the ball, my best guess at New England’s initial roster breakdown looks like this:

  • Three quarterbacks
  • Four running backs
  • Seven wide receivers
  • Four tight ends
  • Four tackles
  • Two centers
  • Four guards

With that in mind, here’s how I see things shaking out for each offensive position on the Patriots roster.  Each player will earn a designation of either “Start,” “Keep” or “Cut.”  Those players in the “Keep” category will also be labeled as either active or practice squad players.

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