When constructing a 53-man roster projection for the Patriots, it’s natural to look back at past years to determine how many players Bill Belichick will be looking to keep at each position.
Last year, the Patriots ended the season with 11 defensive backs, six linebackers and 10 defensive linemen. That’s been the standard number of players at each position many assume the Patriots will be keeping this year, as well. Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard and Logan Ryan are near locks at cornerback, while it would be worth holding onto Marquice Cole and Ras-I Dowling, as well. Devin McCourty, Adrian Wilson and Duron Harmon are near locks at safety, while Steve Gregory and Tavon Wilson will likely also stick around. Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Dane Fletcher and Steve Beauharnais will likely be the six linebackers and Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Marcus Benard, Jermaine Cunningham, Michael Buchanan, Justin Francis, Marcus