Who’s in, who’s out for 2022?

Perry: Patriots 53-man roster projection forward of coaching camp initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Boston

We rolled by way of our 2022 New England Patriots 53-man roster projection pretty rapidly on the newest episode of the “Subsequent Pats Podcast”, however let’s present a tad extra info and context within the written model right here.

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Quarterback (3)

Mac JonesBrian Hoyer, Bailey Zappe

Brian Hoyer goes to be on the roster. He is been assured $ 3 million. I consider Bailey Zappe needs to be, too. He acquired significant work throughout OTAs and minicamp, and has been grinding away to prepare for the autumn. With a large chunk of Hoyer’s worth coming behind the scenes, it would not shock me if Zappe was the crew’s No. 2 on the depth chart sooner slightly than later.

Working again (4)

Rhamondre Stevenson, Damien Harris, James White, Pierre Robust

Can Pierre Robust earn a job as a return man? He’ll probably must contribute within the kicking sport to earn a game-day spot come September. The Patriots simply don’t have a protracted monitor file of wanting rookie “sub” backs to contribute straight away. Robust could must if James White continues to be coping with his restoration from a 2021 hip harm. If White isn’t in sport form by the top of camp, JJ Taylor might find yourself touchdown a roster spot. Both approach, I would anticipate plenty of passing sport work for Rhamondre Stevenson this coming season.

OUT: Kevin Harris, JJ Taylor

Broad receiver (6)

DeVante Parker, Tyquan Thornton, Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Tre Nixon

Can the Patriots afford to maintain so many receivers – most of whom have little or no kicking-game worth? Except they will discover a commerce associate for the companies of Nelson Agholor, conserving six right here is sensible to me. They could not have a real No. 1, however they will have glorious depth and the flexibility to resist a number of accidents. Maybe the second-most useful place within the trendy NFL, insurance coverage right here issues. Tre Nixon is the wild card. He had a wildly spectacular spring however might want to maintain that up in coaching camp to win a spot.

OUT: N’Keal Harry, Ty Montgomery, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Malcolm Perry, Kristian Wilkerson

Tight finish (2)

Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith

On this state of affairs, the Patriots go gentle at a place by which they’ve invested closely. However the dropoff from No. 2 to No. 3 (Devin Asiasi? Dalton Keene?) Is such that the Patriots might in all probability afford to let a kind of 2020 third-rounders get to waivers, hope they go by way of, and re-sign them to the follow squad for depth.

OUT: Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene, Matt Sokol

Offensive line (8)

Trent Brown, Cole Unusual, David Andrews, Mike Onwenu, Isaiah Wynn, Justin Herron, Yodny Cajuste, Kody Russey

Justin Herron and Yodny Cajuste look like the highest reserve tackles on a crew the place the beginning tackles have had points staying on the sphere. It would not shock me in the event that they saved each on the finish of camp in case catastrophe struck – because it did early final season within the type of a Trent Brown calf harm.

Kody Russey noticed loads of work with David Andrews considerably restricted within the spring. With Andrews persevering with to work his approach again from shoulder surgical procedure, maybe there’s a gap for Russey to win a job as the most recent undrafted participant to make the preliminary energetic roster in New England.

OUT: Yasir Durant, Arlington Hambright, Drew Desjarlais, James Ferentz, Chasen Hines, Andrew Stueber, Darryl Williams, Will Sherman

Particular groups (7)

Matthew Slater, Cody Davis, Justin Bethel, Brenden Schooler, Jake Bailey, Joe Cardona, Nick Folks

Some outdated standbys featured right here in addition to one newcomer. Brenden Schooler is a freaky athlete who might doubtlessly assist fill roles vacated by Brandon Bolden and / or Brandon King – each of whom departed Foxboro by way of free company this offseason.

OUT: Tristan Vizcaino, Ross Reiter, Jake Julien

Defensive deal with (5)

Christian Barmore, Lawrence Man, Davon Godchaux, Deatrich Smart, Carl Davis

Davon Godchaux falls into the Nelson Agholor class of 2021 offseason signing who’s costing the crew actual cash regardless of a stage of efficiency final season that didn’t fairly match up. However, like Agholor, there’s not a lot for the Patriots to do. Godchaux was assured $ 9 million over two seasons and if launched would value the crew over $ 5 million in useless cash.

Like Agholor, a commerce would alleviate Godchaux’s cap hit, however discovering a associate to tackle his base wage (over $ 6 million) might show a problem. Except there’s an adjustment made to his contract, Godchaux and his $ 10.25 million cap hit are probably in Foxboro to remain. For 2022, at the least. In the meantime, on the subject of Smart, he is not a real defensive deal with; he is a participant who can kick inside in sub conditions. He is additionally not a real outdoors linebacker. However he can and can assist the Patriots take care of their lack of depth within the outdoors ‘backer division …

OUT: Henry Anderson, Byron Cowart, Invoice Murray, LaBryan Ray, Daniel Ekuale, Sam Roberts

Exterior linebackers (3)

Matt JudonJosh Uche, Ronnie Perkins

… This might merely be too few outdoors linebackers if the Patriots are going to stay with a defensive philosophy that emphasizes 3-4 rules. There merely aren’t many gamers at this spot although screaming to be saved. Possibly Tre Nixon cools off and that opens up a spot for Invoice Belichick to maintain Anfernee Jennings or Harvey Langi as versatile linebackers who can contribute on particular groups. However in the mean time, utilizing primarily Matt Judon, Josh Uche and Deatrich Smart on the sting – whereas hoping Perkins may be molded right into a usable participant – appears like the fitting method to go.

OUT: DaMarcus Mitchell, Anfernee Jennings

Inside linebackers (4)

Ja’Whaun Bentley, Mack Wilson, Cam McGrone, Raekwon McMillan

It is a place group that, in all chance, won’t ever have greater than two gamers on the sphere in any given state of affairs. So maybe there is a participant right here who might find yourself as a comparatively shocking launch by the top of camp. However with accidents sure to strike at a place the place the calls for are bodily brutal, conserving 4 gamers – that includes a mixture of expertise (Bentley), promise (McGrone) or each (Wilson, McMillan) – has its advantages.

OUT: Harvey Langi, Jahlani Tavai

Robust security (3)

Kyle Dugger, Adrian Phillips, Jabrill Peppers

Versatility, versatility, versatility. This needs to be a enjoyable group for Jerod Mayo and Steve Belichick to deploy. Relying on the state of affairs, they may chip in in any respect three ranges. They will care for enterprise within the run sport and assist present protection assist towards sturdy targets by way of the air.

The one query can be if there may be an overcompensation right here by conserving three sturdy safeties (in addition to a number of slot corners) as a way to handle what was an actual drawback for the Patriots: go protection within the flats and up the seams.

OUT: Joshuah Bledsoe

Free security (1)

Devin McCourty

Previous dependable will probably be again at it for one more go in 2022. It will be fascinating to see how he’ll be deployed on this iteration of the Patriots protection. Will he reside within the publish, as he has for the majority of the final a number of years? Or will he assist contribute to the disguise we might anticipate to see from this group frequently by mixing it up on the second stage or within the slot extra typically? We all know he’s nonetheless athletic sufficient to tug off that form of positional motion. However how artistic does the Patriots teaching workers wish to get?

Cornerback (7)

Malcolm Butler, Jalen Mills, Terrance Mitchell, Jack Jones, Myles Bryant, Marcus Jones, Jonathan Jones

There was one alteration we made right here between recording Subsequent Pats and scripting this up. No shock, it has to do with the draft decide that had Subsequent Pats headquarters buzzing extra so than every other this spring: Marcus Jones. He is recovering from shoulder procedures that had him in a purple non-contact jersey this spring, and it is doable the crew desires to work him in slowly as he recovers and adjusts to professional life. But when he’s wholesome sufficient to play by the top of camp, why not get him in uniform as rapidly as doable?

He’d be the crew’s high return choice and a menace to make splash performs within the secondary due to his instincts, pace and ball abilities. The Patriots aren’t so proficient that they will afford to maintain gifted gamers off the sphere, and Jones is a gifted participant.

OUT: Shaun Wade, Joejuan Williams

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