I made an attempt to project the 2018 roster based on boring, conservative, and optimistic offseason assumptions. The team gets back all injured players at full health to choose from. We say goodbye to the veteran stopgaps like Harris, Britt, Bennett, and Harrison. We resign Solder but let some good FA players like Dion Lewis go (Just guessing). Of course Malcolm Butler is gone, Alan Branch too. I put Gillislee in the "gone" category, but who knows? We make no major trades involving draft picks or current players. Gronk doesn't retire. I assigned 6 roster slots to "Draft Pick", but as we know rookie FA's might make the team as well, and some draft picks will not. I numbered the draft picks according to my perception of need. I assume the Pats will draft a QB to groom and keep Hoyer. Please note that there are some players I'd rather keep that I listed as gone rather than some players I've listed as on the roster, like Lewis and Amendola, but I'm just trying to think like Bill with regards to age and salary. Given all that, here's what next season's opening day 53-Man roster might look like. 11 returning injured players in blue, 6 Draft Picks (or UDFA) in red. QB, Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Draft Pick 2 HB, Rex Burkhead, James White, Brandon Bolden FB, James Develin WR, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett WR, Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell, Matthew Slater LT, Nate Solder, Antonio Garcia LG, Joe Thuney, Draft Pick 6 C, David Andrews, Ted Karras RG, Shaq Mason RT, Marcus Cannon, LaAdrian Waddle or Cameron Fleming TE, Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, Jacob Hollister LDE, Deatrich Wise, Derek Rivers DT, Lawrence Guy, Draft Pick 1 DT, Malcom Brown, Vincent Valentine RDE, Trey Flowers, Adam Butler LB, Donta Hightower, Marquis Flowers LB, Kyle Van Noy, Draft Pick 4 LB, Elandon Roberts, Harvey Langi LCB, Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones, Draft Pick 3 SS, Pat Chung, Jordan Richards, Draft Pick 5 FS, Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner or Brandon King RCB, Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe P, Ryan Allen K, Stephen Gostkowski LS, Joe Cardona Given that, these are the notable players we let go. Some might make it to the Practice Squad. HB Dion Lewis, Mike Gillislee WR Kenny Britt, Bernard Reedy WR Danny Amendola LT Andrew Jelks LG Cole Croston RT LaAdrian Waddle or Cameron Fleming TE Martellus Bennett LDE Geneo Grissom, Eric Lee DT Alan Branch DT Ricky Jean-Francois RDE James Harrison LB Shea McClellin LB David Harris LB Nicholas Grigsby LCB Malcolm Butler SS Nate Ebner or Brandon King RCB Johnson Bademosi (P.S. I have no idea whedther this would be Miguel approved or not. I don't think I make any cap shattering assumptions.) Of course I don't expect the offseason to go like this, but it's an interesting exercise to set a baseline of how things would look if we went into autopilot.