New England Patriots

Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (middle) looks on during warm ups before playing the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

With a preseason game and two joint practices in the books since our last roster projection, it seems like an appropriate time for an update. Let’s take a look at the status of the Patriots 53-man roster heading into their second preseason game against the Eagles.

There’s a few changes from last week, notably at the skill positions. 15 players between the three spots feels excessive, but it’s what the eye test has dictated so far. Of all the players fighting for ‘at-large’ roster spots, it’s running backs and receivers that have done the most.

For the purposes of this roster projection, we’ll base it off what players have shown to this point this summer, and not project out any further. It’s as if the roster cuts happened today.

Note: Players are listed alphabetically by position. Changes from Roster Projection 1.0 are in bold.

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