I love the snark. Sorry for trying to engage in opinion based discussion. From my armchair it seems like we have a number of rookies with starter potential. Say for example the Team projects a raw prospect like Roberts as having starter potential 2 years out, would it always be the right move to default to the core special teamer when building the current year's roster? Just trying to explore BB's thought process in this scenario which played out before when BB opted to keep a 4th string QB.
And no I'm not equating any rookie as being the next TB.
No, it wouldn't be the right move, and absolutely nobody, including and especially the Pats' coaching staff, would say so.
All of the examples that have been given in this thread are of journeymen and JAGs that the Pats cut in order to keep long term, high quality ST performers who saw the field many times in every game and had real and measurable impact. They don't fill out anyone's fantasy team and most of their contributions are preventative (e.g. keeping long runbacks from happening) so 98% of fans don't notice those contributions in games.