Final Projections for 2013 New England Patriots' 53-Man Active Roster

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Final Projections for 2013 New England Patriots' 53-Man Active Roster
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How much longer will New England run on Tebow time?

The New England Patriots’ official website, Patriots.com, reported the Friday release of 10 players, including veteran tight ends Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells, conspicuously excluding quarterback Tim Tebow.  That’s right Tebow fans, you can breathe a little easier—at least until 6 p.m. EST Saturday when the final cuts are announced.

Most fans and local media were astute enough to foresee one of those tight ends getting axed, but the Patriots pulled a fast one by letting them both go.  Their release leaves New England with just three tight ends on the roster, including the injured Rob Gronkowski.  This is great news for rookie Zach Sudfeld who would seem to have a starting job locked up.

It’s also great news for some of the fringe players such as Tebow, Brandon Bolden and the Wilson “twins." By only carrying three tight ends, the Patriots are free to indulge elsewhere and perhaps give somebody an extended look who may not have earned one otherwise.

The Patriots’ current roster total stands at 65 players, meaning they still need to make 12 more cuts prior to the 6 p.m. deadline.  Competition has been fierce this preseason, and several players made compelling cases for themselves in Thursday’s finale against the New York Giants

At the end of the day, however, there are only so many spots to go around, and Bill Belichick, the Bostonian god of football, has some tough choices to make.  Here’s who Patriots fans can look forward to seeing when the team travels to Buffalo to take on the woebegone Bills.

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