TRADE BAIT

The Patriots completed week 3 of the pre-season with a hollow victory over the Carolina Panthers. During the game linebacker and special teams standout Brandon King was lost for the season.

Its not likely that you’ll see too many, if any starters play any significant minutes next Thursday when they play the Giants in the pre-season finale. The real question now is who will be on the sidelines when the season opens September 8th versus the Steelers.

We’ve taken one swing as camp opened on what that roster may look like. But we’re baseball fans around here, and the at bat isn’t over after one swing. So lets try again.

The 53 man roster:

QB

  • Tom Brady
  • Jarrett Stidham

RB/FB

  • Sony Michel
  • James White
  • Damien Harris
  • Brandon Bolden
  • James Develin

WR

  • Julian Edelman
  • Phillip Dorsett
  • Demaryius Thomas
  • Josh Gordon
  • N’Keal Harry
  • Jakobi Meyers
  • Matthew Slater

TE

  • Ryan Izzo
  • Matt LaCosse

OL

  • Isaiah Wynn
  • Joe Thuney
  • David Andrews
  • Shaq Mason
  • Marcus Cannon
  • Hjalte Froholdt
  • Dan Skipper
  • Ted Karras

DL

  • Adam Butler
  • Lawrence Guy
  • Derek Rivers
  • Deitrich Wise Jr
  • Danny Shelton
  • Michael Bennett
  • Byron Cowhart
  • Chase Winovich

LB

  • Donta Hightower
  • Kyle Van Noy
  • John Simon
  • Elandon Roberts
  • Ja’Whaun Bentley
  • Jamie Collins

CB

  • Keion Crossen
  • Stephon Gilmore
  • J.C. Jackson
  • Jason McCourty
  • Jonathan Jones
  • JoeJuan Williams

S

  • Patrick Chung
  • Devin McCourty
  • Nate Ebner
  • Obi Melifonwu
  • Duron Harmon
  • Terrance Brooks

ST

  • Stephen Gostkowski
  • Jake Bailey
  • Joe Cardona

SUSPENDED LIST

  • Benjamin Watson

IR

  • Yodney Cajuste
  • Cam Meredith
  • Brandon King
  • D’Angelo Ross

PRACTICE SQUAD PROJECTION:

  • Jakob Johnson – FB
  • Nick Brossette – RB
  • Braxton Berrios – WR
  • Gunnar Olszewski – WR
  • Tyree St. Louis – OT
  • Christian Sam – LB
  • Duke Dawson – CB
  • Ken Webster – CB
  • Martez Ivey – OT
  • Nick Thurman – LB
  • Terez Hall – LB

So with all that being said, the Patriots have made one trade this pre-season bringing in tight end Eric Saubert from Atlanta. But who could possibly be sent out. The team certainly has more than 53 capable NFL players on its training camp roster. With more than a couple teams out there with former Belichick disciples there is always the chance a trade can be made to send some of these guys elsewhere. But who could that be?

Before the news breaking about Patrick Chung and the cocaine allegations, I would have considered both Chung and Harmon as being on the way out. Knowing what we now know its safe to assume that Chung’s trade value has been torpedoed, and at the same time, made Harmon more valuable to the Patriots.

The Brandon King injury would seem to open the door for a large safety/linebacker with special teams ability, which in this view translates to Obi Melifonwu solidifying a roster spot.

So who are some trade possibilities? Guys that could recoup a late round draft pick for the Patriots already burgeoning draft capital stash?

Rex Burkhead – The running back is a jack of all trades. A decent runner, a decent receiver, and a solid special teams contributor. Wouldn’t be a huge shock if Matt Patricia was willing to send a 7th rounder to have Burkhead round out his running back corps.

James Ferentz – The back up interior offensive lineman isn’t likely to fetch a whole lot on the trade market, but a phone call or two, or maybe a conversation while the Giants are sitting in Gillette wouldn’t hurt.

Duke Dawson – The 2018 second rounder didn’t play a snap in 2018 even after having been activated off the IR list late in the season. His performance in the preseason this year suggests we weren’t missing much. That being said he was a second rounder just a year ago. Between losing a year, and his performance, anything more than a 5th rounder would be a gift from the gods.

Dietrich Wise Jr – Entering the final year of his contract I really feel that Wise was and is ready to take a step forward. Many have put him squarely on the roster bubble though. I think he survives and contributes, but if not he’d certainly have some trade value.

Phillip Dorsett – The wide receiver position suddenly looks pretty deep. If everyone is healthy and hitting on all cylinders, Dorsett would be at the bottom of the depth chart. That being said, at the moment everyone isn’t healthy. Thomas is barely off the PUP list, Gordon is still on the NFI list, and Cam Meredith is out. And as much as Meyers has looked like a UDFA steal, he hasn’t connected with Brady.

You never know who could be on the move. Nobody would have projected the Richard Seymour, Lawyer Milloy, or Logan Mankins moves. Regardless, on paper this squad looks poised to make yet another Super Bowl run as long as Brady holds father time at bay.

 

  • Written by Jason Sullivan
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