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Predicting the New England Patriots’ Final Depth Chart

Predicting the New England Patriots' Final Depth Chart

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The New England Patriots are already about a week into traing camp if you can believe it. While there is a still lot to be sorted out, the smoke is clearing around the roster. Let’s take a look at what the Patriots' depth chart will be looking like after training camp.

Quarterbacks (3)

Ryan Mallett New England Patriots training camp
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Quarterbacks (3)

Ryan Mallett New England Patriots training camp
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Tom Brady
Ryan Mallett
Jimmy Garoppolo

One of the most intriguing battles during training camp has been for the backup job between Ryan Mallett and rookie Jimmy Garoppolo. Expect the veteran Mallett, who is well versed in the Patriots’ complicated offense, to hold off the second-round pick.

Running Backs (4) & Fullback (1)

New England Patriots running backs
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Running Backs (4) & Fullback (1)

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Stevan Ridley
Shane Vereen
James White
Roy Finch
FB: James Develin

One of the best battles in camp has been for the fourth running back spot. Look for the undrafted rookie Finch to unseat veteran Brandon Bolden; although undersized, the Oklahoma product is an electrifying ball carrier.

Wide Receivers (6)

Julian Edelman New England Patriots training camp
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Wide Receivers (6)

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Aaron Dobson
Brandon LaFell
Julian Edelman
Kenbrell Thompkins
Danny Amendola
Matthew Slater

Although he isn’t a roster lock, Kenbrell Thompkins has had another outstanding offseason and should make the team before Amendola. However, Amendola will make the team, fending off Josh Boyce, as Matthew Slater has a spot guaranteed on the team as a special teams ace.

Tight Ends (4)

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Tight Ends (4)

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Rob Gronkowski
Michael Hoomanawanui
Justin Jones Jr.
D.J. Williams

It appears that Rob Gronkowski will be good to go as the starter for Week 1, so the focus of the competition lies in the backup positions. Michael Hoomanawanui will make the team primarily as a blocker, and look for undrafted rookie Jones Jr. and Williams to nudge out Asa Watson for the final spot.

Offensive Line (9)

New England Patriots training camp offensive line
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Offensive Line (9)

New England Patriots training camp offensive line
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LT: Nate Solder, Cameron Fleming
RT: Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon
LG: Logan Mankins
RG: Dan Connolly, Josh Kline
C: Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell

The Patriots are fortunate enough to have all their starters from last year returning. However, one of those guys, Ryan Wendell, will lose his starting status to fourth-round pick Stork — captain of national champion Florida State.

Defensive Line (7)

New England Patriots training camp defensive line
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Defensive Line (7)

New England Patriots training camp defensive line
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RDE: Chandler Jones, Will Smith
LDE: Rob Ninkovich, Jake Bequette
RDT: Tommy Kelly, Dominique Easley
LDT: Vince Wilfork

Although he hasn’t gotten many reps under his belt, first-rounder Easley will triumph over Chris Jones and Joe Vellano for that last defensive tackle position. Those two guys were the poster boys for the Patriots’ struggles against the run in 2013.

LInebackers (6)

New England Patriots training camp linebackers
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LInebackers (6)

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MLB: Jerod Mayo, Chris White
WLB: Jamie Collins, James Anderson
SLB: Dont’a Hightower, Steve Beauharnais

The addition of Anderson went largely unnoticed, but the former Carolina Panther and Chicago Bear should make the team. Beauharnais, in addition to Anderson, give the Patriots two excellent options lower on the depth chart.

Secondary (10)

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Secondary (10)

Darrelle Revis New England Patriots training camp
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LCB: Darrelle Revis, Logan Ryan, Dax Swanson
RCB: Brandon Browner, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington
SS: Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung
FS: Devin McCourty, Tavon Wilson

Browner will serve a suspension for the duration of September, leaving the second starting spot up for grabs. Look for Ryan to muscle out Dennard for that honor. Also, Swanson will squeak onto the team ahead of Justin Green and Malcolm Butler.

Special Teams (3)

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Special Teams (3)

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K: Stephen Gostkowski
P: Ryan Allen
LS: Danny Aiken
PR: Julian Edelman
KR: Roy Finch

Finch’s best chance of making the team is in the return game, an area that the Patriots have been mediocre at for the past few seasons. At punter, Ryan Allen is becoming a top-flight player in his position.