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Bedard: Breaking down the pros and cons for Patriots bubble players heading into final cuts

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Cutdown day is coming quickly after the final preseason game on Thursday night against the Giants. While we're working on a comprehensive list of who might be available on other teams, here's a breakdown of the pros and cons for every player we anticipate is somewhat near the roster bubble or could be traded:

QB Brian Hoyer

Pro: Knows the system better than anyone but Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels. You can run anything in the playbook if Brady goes down. Has gone through the gameplan process as the starter. Had a winning record (10-6) as the starter for the Browns. The Browns.
Con: Has no upside. Patting of the ball is a tell on passes. If he's not traded, will get his $1.5 million guaranteed anyway. Had a 15.9 passer rating in his only postseason start. Jarrett Stidham looks as ready as Jimmy Garoppolo was as the lone backup as a rookie.

LB Elandon Roberts (possible trade)