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  1. Vataha

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    Couple of thoughts:

    Koppen is opening day starter

    or if he is a backup:

    Solder gets hurt:
    Vollmer to LT and Cannon at RT (no impact)

    Mankins gets hurt:
    Connolly to LG and Koppen to C
    Connolly to LG and Wendell to C (cut)
    Wendell or Thomas to LG and Connolly stays at C (cut)

    Connolly gets hurt:
    Koppen to C
    Wendell to C (cut)

    Connolly and Wendell get hurt:
    Koppen to C
    Koppen brought back after cut

    Waters is hurt or retires:
    Connolly to RG and Koppen to C
    Wendell or Thomas to RG and Connolly stays at C (cut)
    Connolly to RG and Wendell to C (cut)

    Vollmer gets hurt:
    Cannon to RT (no impact)

    Connolly is not the best fit at either G spots (cut)

    Always the possibilty of Mankins shifting to LT due to injury

    BB has a tough decision on Koppen, that's for sure
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    We have roster room for our top 3 centers. We started 4 centers last year.

    Even if you believe that Connolly is our starting center, Koppen is the Game Day interior line backup. If a guard is injured, Connolly moves to guard and Koppen to center.

    Wendell or McDonald would be our 3rd C and would be inactive unless there is an injury. If Waters doesn't come back, one of them would be our Game Day backup. I greatly prefer Wendell.

    In the end, McDonald is our 4th, emergency, OT. I expect that Belichick will be scouring the waiver wire for a replacement.

    Cannon is our Game Day backup OT.
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    I think Koppen makes the final 53
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