Patriots Initial 53-Man Roster Includes Five Rookies, Four UDFAs


September 2, 2017

The New England Patriots’ initial 53-man roster is set. The keyword there is initial.

The Patriots’ Week 1 matchup is just five days away, but the Patriots’ roster likely won’t be set for that game until midweek. The Patriots undoubtedly will place additional players on injured reserve, claim players off waivers, sign free agents and add, subtract and add again to their practice squad.

Here’s how the Patriots’ first 53-man roster looks after Saturday’s cuts.

Italics indicates rookie
* indicates undrafted free agent

Tom Brady
Jimmy Garoppolo

The Patriots traded Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett in a surprise move. They could add a third quarterback to the practice squad.

Rex Burkhead
Mike Gillislee
Dion Lewis
James White

Brandon Bolden was a surprise release — for now. He could be back when the Patriots place players they hope to bring back on injured reserve later this weekend.

Danny Amendola
Brandin Cooks
Phillip Dorsett
Chris Hogan
Malcolm Mitchell
ST Matthew Slater

Dorsett provides important depth given the injury history of Amendola and Mitchell. Many Patriots fans hoped undrafted rookie Austin Carr would make the team. He’s a player who could be claimed off waivers by another team.

Dwayne Allen
FB James Develin
Rob Gronkowski
Jacob Hollister*

Hollister is one of four undrafted free agents to make the 53-man roster. He was kept in favor of James O’Shaughnessy.

David Andrews
Marcus Cannon
Cole Croston*
Cameron Fleming
Shaq Mason
Nate Solder
Joe Thuney
LaAdrian Waddle

Croston was a surprise inclusion to some, but spoke to an NFL scout earlier this summer who said the undrafted free agent would be claimed if waived. He’s the Patriots’ top interior offensive line backup. The Patriots surprisingly waived second-year pro Ted Karras.

DT Alan Branch
DT Malcom Brown
DL Adam Butler*
DE Trey Flowers
DT Lawrence Guy
DE Cassius Marsh
DT Vincent Valentine
DE Deatrich Wise Jr.

The Patriots snagged Marsh in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.  He fills their defensive end depth need.

Marquis Flowers
David Harris
Dont’a Hightower
Brandon King
Harvey Langi*
Shea McClellin
Elandon Roberts
Kyle Van Noy

The Patriots acquired Flowers in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier in the week. McClellin is a player who could land on IR later in the week.

CB Johnson Bademosi
CB Malcolm Butler
S Patrick Chung
S Nate Ebner
CB Stephon Gilmore
S Duron Harmon
CB Jonathan Jones
S Devin McCourty
S Jordan Richards
CB Eric Rowe

The Patriots should be happy to get one of their rookie cornerbacks, either Kenny Moore or D.J. Killings, on their practice squad. Bademosi, acquired from the Lions, provides cornerback depth and special teams prowess.

P Ryan Allen
LS Joe Cardona
K Stephen Gostkowski

No surprises here.

CB Cyrus Jones
WR Julian Edelman
DE Derek Rivers

Jones, Edelman and Rivers are out for the season with ACL tears.

DE Keionta Davis
OT Andrew Jelks

Davis and Jelks are eligible to return after eight weeks.

OT Antonio Garcia

Garcia also can be added to the active roster after eight weeks.

Thumbnail photo via David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Images

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