By Connor Fulton @ConnorFultonRS on July 31, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin Jones Jr.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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