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Tonight isn’t about the starters, although players like Tom Brady and Julian Edelman made the trip. Tonight is about the players on the bubble.
The Patriots roster currently has 82 players listed, by tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. that number will be slashed as seven players will be released.
On a night where both offenses looked sloppy and wilting in the heat, it was the play of the defense that carried the day.
The Patriots have one of their deepest 90-man rosters in recent history and the carefully constructed cornerback group is impressing, too.
Rather than being a weakness, corner became a position of strength in 2015. Butler parlayed his SB heroics into a very solid first season of starting.
Hogan came over as a FA from the Bills this spring and without Edelman and Amendola available this spring, he is stepping into the void extremely quickly.
OTAs are mainly passing camps without pads and there is only so much that can be garnered with the team in shorts and t-shirts.
Another player to watch who can possibly vie for starting reps outside in 2016 is 2nd-year corner Darryl Roberts.
Between the draft and signing UDFAs, the Patriots have added four new faces at corner and should be looking at some great competition this summer.
With the 2016 NFL Draft over the Patriots have brought in their UDFA class, and always seem to have at least one player that will make the 53-man roster.
|Yahoo! Sports - Jan 26th, 2021|
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