• Devin Asiasi
  • Hunter Henry
  • Jonnu Smith
  • By now, you may have noticed no fullbacks on this year’s roster. The position has been a staple of the Patriots’ offense for the past few seasons, but that could change this year.

    With two tight ends, the Patriots will likely shift most of their 21 personnel sets to 12, to maximize their talent on the field. When needed a second blocking back on the goal line, they can use a lineman, which Bill Belichick has done in the past (James Ferentz, Richard Seymour, Dan Klecko, etc). 

    It was tempting to keep Dalton Keene, who projects to be able to play both tight end and fullback. However, he was the victim of the number crunch, and becomes a prime practice squad candidate. As for Jakob Johnson, he can be protected by the team under the International Pathway program, meaning they can get him to the practice squad without using up a spot, but he wouldn’t be eligible to play at all this season.