With no preseason games and battles all across the New England Patriots’ roster, it’s never been more difficult to project the team’s depth chart.
Here’s our opinion of how the Patriots’ depth chart stacks up with three days before roster cuts and a week and a half until the regular season begins:
Unless something truly crazy happens over the next 11 days, then Newton is fully expected to be the Patriots’ starting quarterback.
It gets interesting when you move down to second string. If the season started today, then Hoyer would probably be the backup. Stidham has a few more practices to prove he deserves the No. 2 spot.
Sony Michel – James White
Harris very easily could wind up being the better running back, but Michel shouldn’t lose his starting role without first being able to defend it. Harris or Miller could pass Michel by the seasons’ end.
Keene is listed under two positions on this depth chart. Quessenberry is a great story, but he should spend some time on the practice squad before receiving any roster consideration.
Julian Edelman – N’Keal Harry – Mohamed Sanu
This group is tough to predict. Meyers was injured for most of the Patriots’ open training camp practices and still is wearing a red non-contact jersey because of his shoulder ailment. Was his absence enough for Byrd and Olszewski to pass him on the depth chart?
Asiasi would be the top player here, but he suffered an injury that limited him in practice. If we had to guess, then Izzo would begin the season as the starter. Asiasi and/or Keene could quickly pass him on the depth chart.
There’s also a possibility that the Patriots could sign or trade for a tight end who would immediately get inserted into the starting offense.
Isaiah Wynn – Joe Thuney – David Andrews – Shaq Mason – Jermaine Eluemunor
Eluemunor as a starter is a bit of a shocker but no one else has stepped up in Marcus Cannon’s absence. The Patriots need to find a dependable third tackle, whether that’s on their roster, on the street or from another team.
Lawrence Guy – Adam Butler
It’s unfortunate that Allen has missed all of training camp with an apparent injury. He’d likely be a projected starter if he could get back on the field.
Ja’Whaun Bentley – John Simon – Josh Uche – Shilique Calhoun
There could be a pretty solid rotation in this group with Winovich, Copeland and Jennings also seeing playing time. It will take a village to replace Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins. Winovich and Jennings could replace Simon and Calhoun on third down, for instance.
Stephon Gilmore – JC Jackson – Jonathan Jones
In all reality, the Patriots have four starters here in Gilmore, Jackson, Jones and McCourty, but we had to stop somewhere. McCourty finished fourth among Patriots cornerbacks in snaps last season, but he also dealt with an injury. We’d expect him to come in fourth again this year.
Devin McCourty – Terrence Brooks
Williams is listed at both positions because he has that type of versatility. There’s really no telling who could start next to McCourty between Brooks, Dugger, Phillips and Williams. The Patriots hope it’s Dugger by the end of the season, but injuries in camp slowed down the rookie’s progress.
Nick Folk – Jake Bailey – Joe Cardona
At this point, expect Folk, a veteran, to make the team over Rohrwasser, a 2020 fifth-round pick.
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