When making up candidate rosters, we usually don't leave enough room for the specialist players who wind up making it. So let's take a look at a hypothetical 53, plus game day actives, while accounting for such guys. I'll assume: Slater makes the roster. Edelman makes the roster. White makes the roster. Another ST-focused LB makes the roster (Koutivides/Tarpinian). A fullback makes the roster. K/P/LS are on the roster (duh). Kick returners can be found from among position players and/or the above. Andre Carter and Logan Mankins aren't on the opening roster, and by the time they join the team they're taking spots from guys who have been IRed. I'm correct that 46 is the current number of game day actives. I've already used 8 slots, leaving 45/38 to go. It would be fairly comfortable to say that that includes: QB (3) -- Obvious ones, 1 inactive. RB (3) -- Obvious ones, all active. This is a little light even with a FB, but so be it. TE (3) -- Obvious ones, all active. WR (5) -- Lloyd, Welker, 3 others (e.g. Gaffney/Branch/Stallworth), 1 inactive. OT (4) -- The one who isn't Vollmer/Solder/Cannon inactive. Interior OL (5) -- Waters/Koppen/Connolly/Gallery active, one younger/less established guy inactive. That's 23 total/19 active on offense, leaving 22/19 for defense. CB (5) -- McCourty, Dowling, Arrington, Moore, Dennard S (4) -- Chung, Wilson, Gregory, other, 1 inactive ILB/LB (4) -- Mayo, Hightower, Spikes, Fletcher, 1 inactive LB/DE (3) -- Ninkovich, Jones, Bequette Lighter pure DL (3) -- Fanene, Pryor, Warren, 1 inactive Heavier pure DL (3) -- Wilfork, Love, Deaderick/Brace That's 22 total/19 active. The numbers balance!! Notable cuts include: Chad Johnson Cunningham The losers in various position battles I've noted above The late-round picks (PS fodder) Various vets from other teams (Allen, Carpenter, Gonzalez) Edit: Scott. Every time I make one of these lists I completely forget about Scott. IR could save a couple of guys. So, of course, could skimping at WR, but my base case is that BB keeps a lot of the vet contenders, then doesn't replace whichever one falls by the wayside as the season progresses.