Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection: How Can New England Open Extra Spots?


It wasn’t easy, but we fit Patriots utility-man Gunner Olszewski onto New England’s 53-man roster.

Find out how in our final roster projection before Saturday’s cutdown date:

Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Jarrett Stidham

Everyone makes it. Hooray! The Patriots could still trade or cut Hoyer, but we think he’s safe after sitting out of Thursday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants.

Brandon Bolden, Rex Burkhead, Damien Harris, Sony Michel, James White

The only guy left off is Nick Brossette, who carried the load all preseason but didn’t stand out.

Phillip Dorsett, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Matthew Slater, Demaryius Thomas
PUP: Cameron Meredith

We don’t think Meyers and Olszewski are entirely safe. Meyers is more likely to make the team since he’s stood out since Day 1 of training camp. We like Olszewski to return punts and kicks. Dorsett, Edelman, Gordon, Harry and Slater are locks. Thomas looked great in his first preseason action of the summer.

FB James Develin, Ryan Izzo, Matt LaCosse
Suspended: Lance Kendricks, Ben Watson

We thought about keeping just one tight end (Izzo) and then seeing who hit the waiver wire. We’ll play it safe and go with two, plus Develin. LaCosse hasn’t played since Week 1 of the preseason, but we’ll keep him on anyway.

LT Isaiah Wynn, LG Joe Thuney, C Ted Karras, RG Shaq Mason, RT Marcus Cannon, Korey Cunningham, Jermaine Eluemunor
NFI: Yodny Cajuste
IR: David Andrews, Hjalte Froholdt (?)

Andrews is dealing with a blood clot in his lungs, while Froholdt got injured in Thursday night’s game. We’re thinking the Patriots could redshirt Froholdt and open up a spot on the roster by putting him on injured reserve with the ol’ “Foxboro Flu.” We’ll cheat and put both players on IR. It helps that the Patriots just acquired Cunningham and Eluemunor as depth via trade.

Michael Bennett, Adam Butler, Byron Cowart, Lawrence Guy, Danny Shelton

We think Deatrich Wise Jr. could be a trade candidate. He was one of the tenured veterans to play against the Giants and isn’t a great system fit in the Patriots’ updated defense. We really like nose tackle David Parry to back up Shelton, but we also think the Patriots could sneak him onto their practice squad to serve as depth.

Ja’Whaun Bentley, Shilique Calhoun, Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, Elandon Roberts, John Simon, Kyle Van Noy, Chase Winovich

Calhoun was a tough inclusion, but he was receiving first-team reps early in training camp before getting injured. We chose to keep Roberts over Calvin Munson. If Roberts gets traded, then we’d probably replace him with Munson or Parry. Derek Rivers has been injured since Week 2. Perhaps the Patriots could trade him?

Keion Crossen, Stephon Gilmore, JC Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Jason McCourty, Joejuan Williams

Crossen makes the team over Duke Dawson despite some tough moments during the final preseason game.

Terrence Brooks, Patrick Chung, Nate Ebner, Duron Harmon, Devin McCourty

All five of these players sat out Thursday night. That’s usually a sign they’re making the team.

K Stephen Gostkowski, P Jake Bailey, LS Joe Cardona

Bailey already beat out Ryan Allen.

Last one in: Olszewski

Last one out: Parry

Ideal practice squad: FB/TE Andrew Beck, FB Jakob Johnson, WR Braxton Berrios, TE Eric Saubert, C Tyler Gauthier, OT Dan Skipper, DT David Parry, OLB Derek Rivers, LB Calvin Munson, CB Duke Dawson, S Obi Melifonwu

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