Comparing the Patriots Week 1 53-man roster to the Patriots Super Bowl LI 53-man roster

Miguel Benzan
February 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm ET

I thought that it would be interesting to look at the changes by position in the Patriots 53-man roster since Week 1. Please note that the players are sorted by descending cap number.

Quarterback

Week 1 (2)
Jimmy Garoppolo
Jacoby Brissett

Super Bowl (3)
Tom Brady
Jimmy Garoppolo
Jacoby Brissett

Brady was suspended Week 1.

Running Back

Week 1 (5)
Brandon Bolden
LaGarette Blount
James Develin
James White
DJ Foster

Super Bowl (6)
Brandon Bolden
LaGarette Blount
James Develin
James White
DJ Foster
Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis was on PUP Week 1.

Wide Receiver

Week 1 (4)
Chris Hogan
Julian Edelman
Danny Amendola
Malcolm Mitchell

Super Bowl (5)
Chris Hogan
Julian Edelman
Danny Amendola
Malcolm Mitchell
Michael Floyd

The Patriots claimed Michael Floyd off waivers on December 15th.

Tight End

Week 1 (4)
Rob Gronkowski
Martellus Bennett
Clay Harbor
A.J. Derby

Super Bowl (2)
Martellus Bennett
Matt Lengel

Clay Harbor was released on October 3rd. A.J. Derby was traded to the Broncos on October 25th. Matt Lengel was signed off the Bengals practice squad on November 2nd. The Patriots placed Rob Gronkowski on IR on December 3rd.

Center

Week 1 (2)
David Andrews
Ted Karras

Super Bowl (2)
David Andrews
Ted Karras

No change

Guard

Week 1 (3)
Joe Thuney
Shaq Mason
Jonathan Cooper

Super Bowl (2)
Joe Thuney
Shaq Mason

Jonathan Cooper was waived on October 8th.

Tackle

Week 1 (4)
Nate Solder
Marcus Cannon
LaAdrian Waddle
Cameron Fleming

Super Bowl (4)
Nate Solder
Marcus Cannon
LaAdrian Waddle
Cameron Fleming

No change

To basically sum up the changes on the offensive side of the ball the Patriots switched Tom Brady, Dion Lewis, and Michael Floyd for Rob Gronkowski, Jonathan Cooper, and Clay Harbor.

Cornerback

Week 1 (6)
Logan Ryan
Cyrus Jones
Eric Rowe
Malcolm Butler
Justin Coleman
Jonathan Jones

Super Bowl (6)
Logan Ryan
Cyrus Jones
Eric Rowe
Malcolm Butler
Justin Coleman
Jonathan Jones

No change

Safety

Week 1 (4)
Devin McCourty
Patrick Chung
Duron Harmon
Jordan Richards

Super Bowl (4)
Devin McCourty
Patrick Chung
Duron Harmon
Jordan Richards

No change

Defensive End

Week 1 (3)
Jabaal Sheard
Chris Long
Trey Flowers

Super Bowl (4)
Jabaal Sheard
Chris Long
Trey Flowers
Geneo Grissom

No change

Defensive Tackle

Week 1 (4)
Alan Branch
Malcom Brown
Vincent Valentine
Anthony Johnson

Super Bowl (3)
Alan Branch
Malcom Brown
Vincent Valentine

Linebacker

Week 1 (5)
Dont’a Hightower
Shea McClellin
Jonathan Freeny
Jamie Collins
Elandon Roberts

Super Bowl (5)
Dont’a Hightower
Rob Ninkovich
Shea McClellin
Kyle Van Noy
Elandon Roberts

Rob Ninkovich was suspended Week 1. Jonathan Freeny was placed on Injured Reserve on October 15th. Kyle Van Noy was acquired from the Detroit Lions in a trade on October 25th. Jamie Collins was traded to the Cleveland Browns on October 31.

To basically sum up the changes on the defensive side of the ball the Patriots switched Rob Ninkovich, Kyle Van Noy, and Geneo Grissom for Jamie Collins, Anthony Johnson, and Jonathan Freeny.

Special Teams

Week 1 (7)
Stephen Gostkowski
Matther Slater
Ryan Allen
Nate Ebner
Barkevious Mingo
Joe Cardona, Joe
Brandon King

Super Bowl (7)
Stephen Gostkowski
Matther Slater
Ryan Allen
Nate Ebner
Barkevious Mingo
Joe Cardona, Joe
Brandon King

No change

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