I started with MGTeich's layout, nice and tidy. Thanks.
QB - 3 Brady, Gutierrez, O’Connell
RB - 4 Faulk, Maroney, Morris, Jordan
FB - 1 Evans
C - 2 Koppen, Hochstein
G - 3 Mankins, Yates, Flynn
OT - 4 Light, Kaczur, Britt, Welbourn
WR - 6 Moss, Gaffney, Welker, Washington, Jackson, Ventrone (Aiken to IR)
TE - 2 Watson, Thomas
DE - 3 Warren, Green, Seymour
DT - 3 Wilfork, Wright, Smith
OLB- 5 Vrabel, Adalius Thomas, Crable, Woods, Guyton
ILB- 4 Bruschi, Mayo, Hobson, Izzo, (Alexander cut)
CB – 5 Hobbs, Bryant, Wheatley, L. Sanders, Wilhite
S - 5 J. Sanders, Harrison, Meriweather, Lynch, Slater (perhaps in title only)
P - 1 Hanson
K - 1 Gostkowski
LS - 1 Paxton
I cut Alexander to inject Guyton at OLB, only because I think Izzo sticks, even if he shouldn't. The Alexander/Izzo cut could be swapped. Alexander hasn't been real impressive (imo) and adding a rookie with burst and brain is a worthwhile risk. Let's call it a Kraft over Belichick decision. IF
Meriweather hits IR, I'd put Alexander back. I also think Seau is on the shadow roster (maybe not quite at full health and ready to sign yet) and will be called in if either Hobson or Bru under-perform. Personally, I see a lot of value in turning Hobson into a Patriot if he can get the job done. A vet that's over a decade younger than Seau is a really important piece to the puzzle that is the franchise as it looks in two-three years.
I made room for Ventrone and Slater without additional cuts and if either proves unworthy, they can be dumped when/if Neal or Ross are healthy. I think the upside of having both rookies is that they're solid players with "franchise face" potential.
Slater is a KR specialist which keeps our boys Welker, Faulk and Hobbs healthy and he is versatile enough to play DB and even WR in a pinch - I considered dumping Jackson, but I imagine he's here for the year even if he does nothing. Slater may also get into a PR
role if his decision making proves solid, which I expect it will. IF
he can really play DB, he may also find a few reps in the 3-5-3.
Ventrone is Welker's back-up (imo - keeping Gaff at split end) and can also play DB and keep one vet off special teams. He may also have the head and heart for Izzo's ST captain job if Larry ever retires...
I aimed to balance the team in youth and veteran leadership. Next year we'll need young safeties and probably at least one fresh ILB. I think any way we can manufacture some club mini-vets this year we really should so there isn't too much fresh blood at once next year. Brady probably has five or six years of play-off scoring in him, so I'm willing to exploit that by adding depth at receiver and risk a shaky D for a month of on-the-job training.
I believe the versatility of our O-lineman (particularly Hochstein, Kaczur, Flynn and Welbourn) gives us "stealth" depth in that position.
I also think a five RB set is a no-brainer, with capable blocking and receiving skills in there - it's more stealth depth.
Anyway, I may have made a mistake numbers/terminology-wise, but I think I'm ok. I wanted to be experimental with my roster. You guys all play it so safe.
Also, I happen to agree on most points with MGTeich and am glad to see Matty G as the backup in his roster too. I know we don't know the whole Cassel story, but I think we know enough. He's gone in my roster world.
I welcome flamers, but prefer gentle corrections. The amount some of you know about football is mind-boggling. I'm still learning.