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2020 Patriots 53-man Roster Projection 2.0, Opt-Outs Change Outlook

Steve Balestrieri
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August 4, 2020 at 7:00 am ET

2020 Patriots 53-man Roster Projection 2.0, Opt-Outs Change Outlook(PHOTO: Greg M. Cooper - USA TODAY Sports)
Posted: Aug 04, 2020 07:00
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With training camp somewhat underway…the team has suffered eight players deciding to opt-out of the 2020 season. That combined with the team releasing nine players but bringing two back makes for some big changes in what our initial roster projection looked like. 

Dont’a Hightower, Marcus Cannon, Pat Chung, Danny Vitale were all expected to be starters or play a big role in the team in 2020. Brandon Bolden is a core special teams’ ace while Matt LaCosse was expected (here) to make the roster at tight end. 

So, with all that in mind, it seems like a good time to take a second look at creating a 53-man roster. As always, the roster cutdown will make some intriguing decisions for Bill Belichick and his coaching staff. Injuries will also play a factor.


Jarrett Stidham, Cam Newton, Brian Hoyer

CUT:  Brian Lewerke
No changes here, although he was cut, the team brought back Michigan State UDFA QB Lewerke, who should be a practice squad candidate.   


Rex Burkhead, James White, Damien Harris, Sony Michel, FB Jakob Johnson

CUT: J.J. Taylor

Opt-Out: FB Danny Vitale, Brandon Bolden
The loss of Bolden and Vitale hurts their depth and their plans for 2020. With Sony Michel opening the season on PUP, don’t close any doors on Taylor making a push for a roster spot.  


Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Mohamed Sanu, Matthew Slater, Jeff Thomas 

CUT: Quincy Adeboyejo, Damiere Byrd, Gunner Olszewski, Devin Ross, Will Hastings, 

Opt-Out: Marqise Lee
No changes here. We didn’t have Lee making the cut earlier 


Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene, Ryan Izzo

CUT: Rashod Berry, Jake Burt 

Opt-Out: Matt LaCosse
LaCosse opts-out… Good news for Ryan Izzo for the final spot.  


David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Joe Thuney, Isaiah Wynn, Yodny Cajuste, Hjalte Froholdt, Korey Cunningham, Dustin Woodard, Michael Onwenu 

CUT: Jermaine Eluemunor, Justin Herron, 

Opt-Out: Marcus Cannon, Najee Toran
With Marcus Cannon opting out, it really hurts their depth at tackle. Could they add another player during the summer here? We think it went from a possibility to a near sure thing 


Beau Allen, Adam Butler, Lawrence Guy, Byron Cowart, Bill Murray

CUT: Nick Thurman, Deatrich Wise, Nick Coe, Courtney Wallace
Wise and Coe are the tough cuts here and that could conceivably change with Hightower opting out. With a dearth now of inside linebackers, could the Patriots use more of a 4-3 look? That may open the door for Wise to remain. And in this crazy year, that could happen.


 John Simon, Chase Winovich, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Anfernee Jennings, Cassh Maluia, Josh Uche, Brandon Copeland, Brandon King

CUT: Tashawn Bower, Shilique Calhoun, De’Jon Harris, Derek Rivers, Terez Hall, Kyahva Tezino 

Opt-Out:  Dont’a Hightower,
The depth at linebacker has taken a huge hit this year, all three starters from 2019 (Hightower, Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy) are gone along with top sub Elandon Roberts. Inside backers now look to be Bentley, Copeland, and Maluia. King who begins camp on PUP is by no means a lock, he’ll get pushed by Calhoun, Harris, and Rivers. 


Stephon Gilmore, JC Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Jason McCourty, Joejuan Williams,  Justin Bethel

CUT: D’Angelo Ross, Myles Bryant
No changes here as this part of the roster is deep and talented. Ross and Bryant are just victims of bad timing…the depth here is off the charts. 

SAFETY (5): 

Devin McCourty, Adrian Phillips, Kyle Dugger, Cody Davis, Terrence Brooks

CUT: none

Opt-out: Patrick Chung
Chung opting out opens the door for Brooks. 


P Jake Bailey, LS Joe Cardona, K Justin Rohrwasser
No cuts here as the three main players have no camp competition. 


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About Steve Balestrieri

A former US Army Special Forces NCO and Officer, Steve has been following the Patriots since their days at Fenway Park. Steve has worked in the film industry and wrote as an Military Editor at, as a reporter for the Millbury Daily Voice, Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, and the Grafton News. He's also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

Posted Under: 2020 Patriots 53-man Roster Projection
Tags: 53 Man Roster Projection Bill Belichick Devin McCourty Dont'a Hightower James White Jamie Collins New England Patriots NFL Patriots Rex Burkhead Sony Michel

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    3 years ago

    You have Kyahva Tezino being cut, but he is with Carolina, he was cut when they went to 80 players on July 26.

    3 years ago

    Could be a strong roster by playoff time.

    3 years ago

    I am going to take a random stab in the dark that Hoyer gets cut and Luwerke makes the team. Hoyer is flat out not good anymore and has a 1MM cap hit. He won’t make the field and even if he does, it means they are having a terrible season.

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