Breaking down Patriots’ roster following NFL Draft


The NFL Draft is in the books, so the majority of the team-building this offseason is over.

The Patriots currently have 83 players on their active roster, which does not include Patrick Chung, who hasn’t officially retired, and does include Jakob Johnson, who doesn’t count towards the 90-man roster because of a roster exemption.

This means the Patriots have eight spots open on their 90-man roster, which they could look to fill with undrafted free agents, but they have yet to sign any.

Here’s a breakdown of the roster by position.

Quarterback (3): Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham, Mac Jones

Running back (6): Sony Michel, Damien Harris, James White, J.J. Taylor, Rhamondre Stevenson, Brandon Bolden

Fullback (2): Jakob Johnson (doesn’t count towards 90-man roster), Dan Vitale

Tight end (5): Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Dalton Keene, Devin Asiasi, Matt LaCosse

Wide receiver (10): N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, Gunner Olszewski, Isaiah Zuber, Kristian Wilkerson, Devin Smith, Tre Nixon, Matthew Slater

Offensive line (12): Isaiah Wynn, Michael Onwenu, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Trent Brown, Ted Karras, Justin Herron, Yodny Cajuste, William Sherman, Marcus Martin, Najee Toran, Korey Cunningham

Defensive line (15): Lawrence Guy, Davon Godchaux, Henry Anderson, Montravius Adams, Christian Barmore, Carl Davis, Bill Murray, Nick Thurman, Byron Cowart, Akeem Spence, Chase Winovich, Tashawn Bower, Rashod Berry, Deatrich Wise, Ronnie Perkins

Linebacker (11): Dont’a Hightower, Matt Judon, Josh Uche, Anfernee Jennings, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Terez Hall, Kyle Van Noy, Raekwon McMillan, Cameron McGrone, Brandon King, LaRoy Reynolds

Cornerback (9): Stephon Gilmore, JC Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams, Myles Bryant, Dee Virgin, Michael Jackson Sr., D’Angelo Ross, Justin Bethel

Safety (6): Devin McCourty, Adrian Phillips, Kyle Dugger, Jalen Mills, Joshuah Bledsoe, Cody Davis

Specialists (4): Nick Folk, Joe Cardona, Jake Bailey, Roberto Aguayo

ANALYSIS: The defensive line went from being one of the weakest positions on the roster going into the offseason to now being one of the deepest. It feels like another corner or safety could be added for depth purposes. Offensively, it feels like a No. 1 receiver could make sense, but there aren’t really any available the moment and with a number of solid No. 3s already on the roster, there might not be any room. Overall, the roster seems to be in a good position with a number of positional battles brewing ahead of training camp this summer.