Patriots Roster Breakdown: Quick and Lengthy Term Requirements

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As a lot as it pains me it is time to post the 2019 roster depth chart which includes only players below contract. Yes, we’re kinda sorta on to 2019 but reserving the proper to go back to Super Bowl 53 any time I want.

The initially reset just before embarking on absolutely free agency and the draft is to take inventory of the complexion of the group. The quick terms requirements for the 2019 campaign and then the lengthy term requirements as players depart for 1 cause or yet another.

Let run by means of the roster and take a speedy temperature test at every position group.

2019 Patriots Offense Depth Chart – two/13

Quarterback

Tom Brady showed no indicators of slowing down in 2019 and the addition of a balanced rushing attack can only support extend his profession. Brady does not have to throw 40 passes any longer, he had his fewest passing attempts per game due to the fact 2010 this season.

Brady will turn 42 this summer time and even though Brian Hoyer is definitely a important backup, the Patriots want to uncover Brady’s successor when there’s nonetheless some time for Brady to mentor him a bit. Danny Etling will be back for a second season and I’d welcome the addition of even two extra quarterbacks.

Present Require: Low

Future Require: Higher (Draft, Rookie Absolutely free Agency)

Operating Back

The Patriots spent a surprising initially-round choose on a operating back final season and it helped win them a Super Bowl. With Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and James Develin each locked for 2019 currently the Pats are fairly set at operating back. I’d welcome Jeremy Hill back as yet another depth selection. Injuries are a truth of life at this position.

Present Require: Low

Future Require: Low

Offensive Line

Actually, there’s just 1 huge hole on the offensive line and that is at left tackle. We saw Isaiah Wynn at proper tackle just before he got hurt, so there’s no assure he can return from a important injury and step into the beginning left side spot.

The interior is in superb shape with starters and backups all returning. There’s excellent depth in the pipeline with Karras, Croston, Ferentz and Schwenke who just re-signed.

Present Require: Critically Higher at Left Tackle

Future Require: Higher at Tackle

Tight Finish

The huge query is will Rob Gronkowski return? If he does, along with Dwayne Allen, you have got a seriously superior duo of beginning tight ends. If Gronk is gone the want shoots to the close to major of the requirements list. Ryan Izzo showed some flashes in education camp, when Stephen Anderson has had some time to create behind the scenes. They are some superior beginning depth.

Offered the uncertainty it is a superior bet the Pats will be active in each absolutely free agency and the draft with tight ends.

Present Require: Low with Gronk, Higher devoid of him

Future Require: Higher (Draft)

Wide Receiver

Josh Gordon is a restricted absolutely free agent but I do not consider we can count on seeing him any time in a Patriots uniform if ever once more. That leaves us with Julian Edelman, who, like Brady, is displaying no sign of slowing down.

But they can’t run the 32-year-old receiver into the ground. Final year they threw a lot of talented wide receivers at the wall and none seriously panned out except for Gordon. This is not just a “grab a guy” position like most of them. They want to click with Brady. Bring back Amendola and Hogan for group-friendly offers and it is a superior start off.

The easiest repair would be for Braxton Berrios to make some huge strides in year two soon after spending his rookie year on IR.

Present Require: Critically Higher

Future Require: Critically Higher

Patriots Defense Depth Chart – two/13

Defensive Tackle

Malcom Brown and Danny Shelton came on down the stretch but each are absolutely free agents and could stroll to a scheme extra friendly to their style. It wasn’t surprising to see the Pats applying a lot of 1-gap strategies in the Super Bowl and Brown and Shelton playing effectively.

If you think defense begins up front (I do) this is a important position of want this offseason.

Present Require: Important (Absolutely free Agency, Draft)

Future Require: Important

Defensive Finish

The headline at this position is Trey Flowers. I’m in a “set him absolutely free and if he comes back to us it is meant to be” proper now. That would leave Dietrich Smart as the returning starter. There’s a lot to like about Smart, but Adrian Clayborn is highly-priced and just a pass rusher now.

There is some depth. The group seemed to like Keionta Davis a lot final season and Derek Rivers will be a complete two years removed from tearing his ACL. Ufomba Kalmalu is the wild card.

Present Require: Higher

Future Require: Higher

Linebacker

With the emergence of Kyle Van Noy into a 3-down linebacker and the thrilling power of Ja’whaun Bentley to go with Dont’a Hightower‘s huge plays and the Pats all of a sudden have a strong second level. Elandon Roberts has shown progress and brings some pop as well.

Christian Sam showed some guarantee in camp final year and could serve as some Hightower injury insurance coverage. Get Van Noy extended and they’ll be in superior shape for a couple of years. Bring back John Simon as well.

Present Require: Low

Future Require: Low

Cornerback

Jason McCourty was a seriously wonderful uncover but the Pats have a lot of depth if he desires leverage his 2019 overall performance into 1 final max payday. My guess is he’ll take something to remain with a winner at this point.

Either way, J.C. Jackson, Keion Crossen and Duke Dawson are all waiting in the wings. Gilmore is elite.

Present Require: Low

Future Require: Low

Security

Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon have led the Pats to 3 Super Bowl titles but McCourty and Chung will each be 32 this season. Obi Melifonwu was a good pickup who saw some snaps in man coverage.

The Patriots defense was a mess in 2010 and 2011 when their security play stunk. It took time to create even though. McCourty played corner for two seasons. Chung walked to Philly then came back. They should really start off preparing the back finish transition sooner than later and I consider it begins with acquiring yet another Chung.

Present Require: Low

Future Require: Higher

Particular Teams

With each Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen set to hit absolutely free agency, the Pats will be signing a kicker and punter this offseason. Can they bring each back? Will they let Gost stroll just like they did with Vinatieri? Is there yet another left-footed punter out there? At least Slater, Ebner, King and Cardona are all locked in.

Present Require: Critically Higher

Future Require: Critically Higher