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    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/

    I can't find a single player I disagree about. Looking at it now at 53, rather then 75... I can't believe how deep we are.

    Quarterback (2)
    Tom Brady, Matt Cassel
    COMMENT: Rookie Corey Bramlet goes to the practice squad, as the Patriots carry just two QBs for the first time in Bill Belichick’s tenure (2000-present).

    Running back (4)
    Corey Dillon, Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk, Heath Evans
    COMMENT: Impressive rookie Patrick Cobbs is edged out by Evans, who was working with a few top special teams units in practice this week. Assuming he’s not courted elsewhere, Cobbs lands on the practice squad, while Patrick Pass starts the year on the physically unable to perform list.

    Wide receiver (5)
    Deion Branch, Reche Caldwell, Troy Brown, Chad Jackson, Bam Childress
    COMMENT: John Stone and Kelvin Kight could also be in the mix for the spot given to Childress, as Childress has practice squad eligibility. Willie Andrews, who should make the team as a returner, could also contribute here.

    Tight end (4)
    Daniel Graham, Benjamin Watson, David Thomas, Garrett Mills
    COMMENT: One of the deepest positions on the team, with Mills also responsible for fullback-like duties.

    Offensive line (8)
    Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Stephen Neal, Ryan O’Callaghan, Nick Kaczur, Russ Hochstein, Billy Yates
    COMMENT: Tackles Wesley Britt and Randy Hand, and guard Dan Stevenson, likely wind up on the practice squad. This is a deep, smart, talented group. Competition has been intense for what looks like an eighth spot, and Yates gets the nod for his strong work vs. Arizona in Week 2.

    Defensive line (7)
    Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Jarvis Green, Johnathan Sullivan, Mike Wright, Marquise Hill
    COMMENT: Like the offensive line, another deep, smart, talented group. Dan Klecko and Le Kevin Smith are the tough cuts, with Smith likely returning to the practice squad. Hill, a 2004 second-round pick, gets a generous spot because 6-foot, 300-pound athletic players are hard to develop and he’s still raw.

    Inside linebacker (7)
    Mike Vrabel, Junior Seau, Tedy Bruschi, Barry Gardner, Larry Izzo, Don Davis, Eric Alexander
    COMMENT: Monty Beisel is the tough cut. Izzo, Davis and Alexander are core special teams contributors, with Davis also seeing time in sub packages.

    Outside linebacker (3)
    Rosevelt Colvin, Tully Banta-Cain, Pierre Woods
    COMMENT: Depth is a concern here, although Mike Vrabel can always return to the outside. Woods, who played at Michigan, looks like this year’s Randall Gay/Mike Wright story -- a rookie free agent who emerges to make the roster. Chad Brown isn’t healthy enough to make the roster.

    Cornerback (4)
    Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, Randall Gay, Chad Scott
    COMMENT: Eric Warfield could still make the club, with his fate possibly tied to Tebucky Jones’ hamstring injury. But Chad Scott brings more value on special teams at this time, as he was on the first-unit kickoff coverage Saturday against the Redskins. Eugene Wilson adds depth here if needed.

    Safety (6)
    Eugene Wilson, Rodney Harrison, Artrell Hawkins, James Sanders, Willie Andrews, Tebucky Jones
    COMMENT: Jones’ hamstring injury creates a little uncertainty here, and depending on its severity could open the door for someone else like Eric Warfield, Antwain Spann, Guss Scott (currently injured), Patrick Cobbs or a free-agent pickup who could carve out a niche on special teams.

    Specialists (3)
    Stephen Gotskowski (kicker), Josh Miller (punter), Lonie Paxton (snapper)

    Final breakdown
    Offense -- 23 players
    Defense -- 27 players
    Specialists -- 3 players

    PROJECTED PRACTICE SQUAD: OT Wesley Britt, OT Randy Hand, OG/C Dan Stevenson, RB Patrick Cobbs, DL Le Kevin Smith, OLB Jeremy Mincey, ILB Corey Mays, DL Santonio Thomas
     
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    A good job by Reiss and I think it'll be a pretty accurate one too.
     
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    Good job, still think that it will be Cobbs over Evans and there will be another OLB on this squad, kinda thin in that area.
     
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    The OLB situation would have me sweating bullets though. Only 3 guys, scary.

    I guess having Mincey on the PS and Brown on the Shadow Roster along with Vrable, Seau, and Alexander having potential position flexbilty is what allows only 3.

    Also with Vrable moving back outside in 4-3 alignments means we are not understrengthed in our 4-3 packages.
     
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    The PS is rarely that deep. I imagine some of those players sould sign with other teams and get on the active roster.
     
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    I'm still thinking Cobbs over Evans as well. If Evans is cut, does anyone pick him up? Cobbs almost certainly would be claimed. Don't forget that faulk is getting older and had an injury that was feared to be possibly career-threatening last year. Cobbs could be the guy to replace Faulk soon.
     
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    It's not the worst position to be in: Cobbs or Evans for fourth string running back, and I'll not be overly upset whoever gets the nod. But Cobbs looks like a keeper, so he'd make my list.
     
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    He said QB Bramlett would be on the PS, then didn't list him in his predicted PS. I think Bramlett, or whatever QB they put on the PS, takes the spot of Mays.
     
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    My only beef with Reiss' 53 is Childress over Cobbs (I know, I know different positions, but hear me out).

    If Branch comes back, we don't need 5 WR's. 4 plus Andrews as a swing DB/5thWR is fine. Childress won't get poached from our PS.

    Cobbs would DEFINITELY get poached from our PS. Cobbs is insurance if Faulk goes down with an injury. He would be a great understudy to Faulk.

    For the 1st 6 weeks of the season, Cobbs and Evans can engage in a Texas Death match to see who survives when and if Pass gets off the PUP list.
     
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    I noticed the same.
     
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    I wonder if Hill is PUP'd and Klecko hangs around for awhile.

    Alos Mincey maybe getting a spot?

    I am in the Cobbs over Evans camp. Corey will be gone in a year or 2 and Cobbs could be a good backup to Maroney, especally since Faulk is getting older.
     
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    Atleast 3 of the PS guys will be on other teams 53 man rosters. If, not we will have a PS better than some teams 2nd team.
     
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    This roster has Woods as the first off the bench at OLB. At the moment, there is little choice if Chad Brown and Bruschi are still unable to play.

    I'm not sure they're giving a roster spot to an injured Tebucky Jones. I'll certainly be happy to see his name on the roster.
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    The BOTTOM LINE is that this a fine roster. BTW, I expect us to have 51 or 52 on the September 2 roster, and may not even go to 53 until after Game One.
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    Hill can't be PUP'd.

    Only Pass can. I want to hear no other names associated with 'PUP' other than 'Pass.'

    ;):):D
     
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    Amen to that brother.

    If you do not start out on the PUP you can not go to the PUP. It is a one way street.

    So it is either, keep, cut, or IR for everyone except Pass.
     
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    Judging by the O-lines I have seen in the preseason. I am guessing our back up olineman are going to be coveted somewhat.
     
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    Hill has a good possibility of being put on IR. I think Chad Brown and Tebucky Jones could also be put on IR, only to be released later with an injury settlement, which would enable them to resign when they are healthy, if needed. These type of moves could free up a few roster spots.
     
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    I think Klecko makes it - I think Tebucky winds up being PUP'd at the very least ... oh I guess he can't- well even IR - - I'd imagine he's walking with quite a limp right now and won't be running at anything near full speed for another month - why keep a contributor off the roster? Perhaps cut Tebucky outright and do an injury settlement - resign him if you need depth later in the season?

    I'm in the Cobbs over Evans camp as well - I think I know what Evans can do - while he had a great few games last year part of that was because Defenses weren't giving him any respect and he tore them up over it

    Cobbs has more upside and like Kory Chapman last year, I think another team grabs him for their 53rd roster spot before he makes it to our practice squad
     
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    Mike has changed the practice squad, and Bramlet is on while Mays is off.
     
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    Is Izzo really worth hanging onto this year?

    I'd take Cobbs (as Faulk's eventual replacement) over Izzo.

    Cobbs has done a hell of a lot to make the team. If his performance to date doesn't get him on the team, why didn't they just let him go weeks ago?
     
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