It's still early in the process, but the Patriots may well find themselves in the position of having an unusal number of rookies for a Super Bowl contender. I could see as many as 8 picks making the team with others on IR or the practice squad. Combined with the 2008 draftees, does this make the 2009 New England Patriots simultaneously a contender and a team in transition? Not sure I've ever seen that before ... The four #2's are locks. The fact that Tyrone McKenzie is on IR and that Brandon Tate will likely be on PUP/IR may well be a blessing is disguise. I don't know much about Orhrenberger and Bussey yet, but they traded Hobbs specifically to get Ohrenberger, so I don't see him getting cut. Jake Ingram doesn't really count. Either he or Hodel will be the long snapper; no way that both make the team. Ingram might be a practice squad candidate. Given the numbers, the best that Darryl Richard can hope for is practice squad. Edelman and Pryor are the ones that make this interesting. Both started Thursday night, so we're not trying to sneak either of these guys onto the practice squad. I confess to being more excited than I probably should be about Edelman's 5 catches for 37 yards, but he's smart and versatile enough to make a run at the roster. As for Pryor, an inside pass rusher is a rare and dangerous commodity. We should bear in mind that the Eagles' OL was in disarray due to injuries (missing 3 starters), but Pryor was beating guys head on. Why was this guy still around in the 6th round? To have 6th and 7th round picks seriously contending for roster spots when you have signed 9 significant veteran free agents and drafted 12 players is unexpected to say the least.