With training camp looming, we’ve decided to rate the Patriots’ roster, counting down the most valuable from No. 90 to No. 1. “Valuable” can be defined on multiple levels, but for purposes of this exercise, we’re going to take a few different things into account: talent, dependability, track record of success in the system, and their individual spot on the depth chart. (Basically: How badly would things be if they were removed from the lineup?)
There are some cases — namely, the first-year players — where it’s tough to predict where they should land. But based on their performances in the spring workouts and having talked to teammates and people around the league, we took our best shot.
We start our series Monday with No. 90 through No. 82. For the most part, these guys are first-year players and UDFAs who have a practice-squad ceiling. If things break, they could find themselves on the 53-man roster at some point in the season. There’s a reason to like each one of them — it’s just going to be a challenge for them to find a way to stick around.