Quick-hit thoughts on the Patriots’ initial 53-man roster

#1 von huangjian123 , 04.12.2018 03:22

2018 Patriots roster cuts:The New England Patriots have cut down their roster under the 53-man regular season limit through a series of transactions over the last two days. While more moves will follow soon – the Patriots only have 52 players signed at the moment Kyle Van Noy Jersey , after all –, we now have a first roster to work with and analyze. Let’s do just that.The Patriots need to add at least one more wide receiverAs things stand right now, wide receiver is the lightest position on the team: after cutting Riley McCarron and placing Julian Edelman and Braxton Berrios on reserve lists, New England currently has only three pure wide receivers under contract. Expect New England to add at least one more body over the next few days to offer depth alongside the top trio, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson.The offensive line and safety positions could also see reinforcementsWhile not as glaring a need as wide receiver depth, New England could look at its offensive line and safety spots as other positions in need of more bodies. While the Patriots might look to the waiver wire or open market to find another offensive tackle http://www.patriotscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-trent-brown-jersey , they may already have a backup safety on their team: cornerback Jason McCourty has seen plenty of snaps at the position over the past two weeks and could serve as the number four safety if need be. It would also not be a surprise, though, if the Patriots brought in another safety from the outside.New England’s defensive edge looks deep on paperLast year, the Patriots had to rely on in-season signings Eric Lee and James Harrison to provide depth along a defensive edge that was lacking just that. This year, the group looks much better with Trey Flowers and Adrian Clayborn as the top options, and Derek Rivers, Deatrich Wise Jr. and Keionta Davis behind them. On paper David Andrews Jersey , New England has been able to address one of the major weaknesses of 2017.Another undrafted rookie makes the teamTraining camp standout J.C. Jackson has survived roster cutdowns, which means that another undrafted rookie free agent has been able to make the team. 2018 will therefore be the 15th straight season that a player who did not hear his name called during the draft has made it through cutdown weekend and onto the initial 53-man squad. Whether or not Jackson can establish his presence on the team remains to be seen, but the early signs certainly were encouraging.There are few surprises on and off the teamWhile the Patriots made plenty of moves over the last two days, there were not a lot of unexpected developments ones among them. The release of Cyrus Jones and the Jordan Richards could be qualified as minor surprises, as could Geneo Grissom making the team and New England opting to go with just three pure wideouts. Ultimately, however, there were no real shockers among the Patriots’ transactions.2018 Patriots roster cuts: New England releases linebacker Harvey Langi Elandon Roberts Jersey , offensive tackle Matt Tobin While the roster cutdown deadline has already passed, the New England Patriots have still not made their moves official. Reportedly, however, they are moving on from a member of their 2017 undrafted class: according to NESN’s Doug Kyed, the Patriots have opted to release linebacker Harvey Langi with the intention of bringing him back via the practice squad:Langi spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve after suffering multiple injuries in a car crash. He was back on the field this offseason but was diagnosed with a lacerated kidney that has kept him out of practice and preseason. While he was a candidate to be placed on injured reserve, New England apparently feels better releasing the 25-year old to get him to the practice squad.According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, New England also parted ways with offensive tackle Matt Tobin today:The 28-year old offseason acquisition was battling for the fourth spot at offensive tackle behind starters Trent Brown and Marcus Cannon Shaq Mason Jersey , and top swing option LaAdrian Waddle. And while he could have been a beneficiary from season-ending injuries suffered by Isaiah Wynn and Ulrick John, it looks as if Tobin did not do enough over the course of the summer to ultimately take advantage of the opportunity.Instead, it would not be a surprise if the Patriots either kept last year’s number four – Cole Croston – or opted to go with only three offensive tackles.

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