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Predicting the Last 5 In, 1st 5 Out for Patriots' 53-Man Roster
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Bill Belichick uses the entire 53-man roster.

Only 46 players may suit up each Sunday, but teams that effectively utilize their entire 53-man roster through the season have a distinct advantage.

Players can be mixed and matched based on gameplan—the New England Patriots famously have a distinctly different plan each week—or substituted for nicked up players over the long season. Some are kept on the roster for future seasons, rather than letting other teams have a crack at them by placing them on the practice squad.

Here are the last five players who could make the final roster and five players who might not make the cut.

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