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Bedard: 5 Patriots players most in danger of losing their roster spots

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

Of the 52 Patriots players who ended the 2019 season on the roster, 13 are no longer here, including starters Tom Brady, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton (not including the kicker, Nick Folk).

 

There are at least seven players coming back from injured reserve who will be in the mix for roster spots: center David Andrews, guard Hjlate Froholdt, linebacker Brandon King, tackle Yodny Cajuste, end Derek Rivers, receiver Gunner Olszewski and fullback Jakob Johnson (7).

From the practice squad, guard/center Najee Toran and linebacker Terez Hall have the best chances to land on the roster (2).

The Patriots drafted five players in the first three rounds of the draft, with kicker Justin Rohrwasser guaranteed the kicker spot (or at least someone will have it) — (5).

In free agency, the Patriots added nine players who will be in the mix for the roster, if not starting spots: QBs Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer, WRs Damiere Byrd and Marqise Lee, FB Dan Vitale, DT Beau Allen, OLB Brandon Copeland, S Adrian Phillips and ST/S Cody Davis (9).

I'm no math major, but that means the Patriots have 23 players for 13 spots — and that's not even counting undrafted free agents and other players who sneak their way onto the roster.

That means some healthy competition for some incumbents. A look at the top five who could be in danger of losing their roster spots when/if training camp starts in 11 days:

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