The Patriots will line up their roster with 53 players on Saturday, August 31st.
Many players will struggle to get their work done Thursday night, when New England hosts the New York Giants at 7:30 pm, whether they win a spot with the Patriots or another team.
We all know that Tom Brady will make the list. Julian Edelman too. Here are some players who are right on the bubble and will have to sweat it out in the days leading up to the main one.
Brian Hoyer, QB – At one time it seemed very likely Hoyer would make the list, but the appearance of rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham made Hoyer's situation much more turbulent. While it is still possible for Hoyer to win a spot, there is a chance coach Bill Belikik will stick with two QBs and let Hoyer down. "Brian plays a lot of football," Belichik told reporters after Thursday's win over the Carolina Panthers. Interpret it as you like, but Steadham came in after Brady and Hoyer had not played a single moment.
Braxton Berrios, WR ̵
Ryan Izzo, TE – Itzo has so far impressed in small but noticeable ways and won the praise of Belihik after winning the Panthers. It's unclear who plans to start Belikik in the extreme, especially with Ben Watson and Lance Kendricks out in Week 1, but Itso may be heading up the pecking order after picking up a laser from Brady against the Panthers. Ben Gawlin of the Boston Globe has Matt Lacos, Eric Sobert and Lance Kendricks who make the team.
Derek Rivers, DE – Volin points out that Rivers doesn't play special teams, which can hurt his chances, with Michael Bennett, Dietrich Weise, John Simon and Chase Winovic all in the mix, according to Volin , it will be difficult for the Yangston River State product to solidify its place.
Keion Crossen, CB – The seventh round selection for 2018 also has a solid chance of making the race, but as ESPN's Mike Reis noted, the Patriots are very deep in the corner this season. Currently, Crossen is listed third in the left-back depth chart, behind the lock by Jason McCurty and the near-concluded J.C. K. Jackson. Volin said that Crossen's chances this year do not look as good as last year. This can also be reduced to numbers beyond ability.