Roster Projections 2017 Results

-by DNOMN8R314

We have a roster.

Of course the 53-man roster will continue to change over the next week and several months, but the cut deadline has passed and the team is temporarily set. Before more changes come tomorrow, here’s the roster.

Players in bold made the initial roster. The number after the player is how many projections he was on (of the 26 submitted or compiled before the Justin Coleman trade).

  • QB: Brady 26, Garoppolo 26, Brissett 21.
  • RB: Gillislee 26, Burkhead 26, White 26, Lewis 26, Develin 26, Bolden 16, Foster 10, Daniels Jr. 0, G. Gronkowski 0.
  • WR: Cooks 26, Hogan 26, Amendola 26, Mitchell 26, Slater 24, Carr 10, C. Hollister 1, Lucien 0, Maye 0, Washington 0, Edelman 0.
  • TE: R. Gronkowski 26, D. Allen 26, O’Shaughnessy 15, J. Hollister 7, Cotton 0.
  • T: Solder 26, Cannon 26, Fleming 26, Garcia 12, Waddle 9, McDermott 5, Croston 3, Rich 0, Jelks 0.
  • G/C: Thuney 26, Andrews 26, Mason 26, Karras 26, Douglas 1, Ferentz 0, J. King 0.
  • DE: T. Flowers 26, Wise Jr. 24, Grissom 13, Rivers 2, Davis 2, Bart 0, Usher 0.
  • DT: Branch 26, Brown 26, Guy 26, Valentine 25, A. Butler 25, Hamilton 2, Augusta 0, Kilgo 0.
  • LB: Hightower 26, Harris 26, Van Noy 26, M. Flowers 25, Langi 24, Roberts 22, McClellin 17, Bates 7, Freeny 2, Ellis 0.
  • CB: Gilmore 26, M. Butler 26, Rowe 26, J. Jones 25, Coleman 13, C. Jones 10, Moore II 2, Likely 2, Killings 1.
  • S: McCourty 26, Chung 26, Harmon 26, Ebner 24, B. King 24, Richards 12, Travis 1, D. Jones 0, Thompson 0.
  • ST: Gostkowski 26, R. Allen 26, Cardona 26.

NOTE: Since three trade acquisitions made the roster, I ruled that if anyone had an empty space on their roster (i.e. only 52 players), I would give them credit for one of the trade acquisitions filling in that spot. Two people had one empty spot. One person had four.

A few observations before the results.

  • Ted Karras may be the first player since I began tallying these to be on every projection and find himself cut. He wins the “guy most people thought would make the team who didn’t” award, which there is no award.
  • Cole Croston wins this year’s “guy on the least amount of projections to make the initial roster” award, which there also is no award. I don’t have much of a budget.

As for the results…

Normally, I tally up the writers’ and the commenters’ and average them out to see which group did better.

This year I didn’t because we all should be ashamed.

Nobody had less than five incorrect guesses on their roster – several people tied for the most correct with 48. The worst was ten wrong – 43 correct.

So let’s jump straight to the prizes.

  • A few special awards (which, as in all cases, there is no award), leading off with the two people to correctly predict all four UDFAs to make the team: DNOMN8R314 and DinoScapelli. (Both of us had five UDFAs on our projections; he had Kenny Moore, while I had Austin Carr.)
  • The award for correctly predicting that the Patriots would fill their initial roster with at least one trade acquisition (sorry for the lack of quotation marks) goes to three people: Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston (who had one empty spot), Kevin Duffy of MassLive (also one), and Michael McDermott of PatsPulpit (who had four, and whom we remember better as freeland1787).
  • The lowball award – the worst individual prediction – goes to NEPFF commenter dyims, who had 43 correct spots out of 53.
  • And the big winners – the best individual predictions, with 48 correct – go to several people. For the writers and bloggers, the award goes to ReissDuffyMcDermott, and Rich Hill (also of PatsPulpit). For the commenters, the award goes to DinoScapelli and the only two PatsPulpit commenters to submit this year, dbqp and tb12ftw.

I hope you all enjoyed this year’s round of projections. Full results can be found here.

We are on to the regular season.

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dyims
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Got me and my son each a fluorescent Patriots logo. Looks pretty good too. Bought them at a wallyworld in Hattiesburg, MS no less.Report

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That’s so A&M, blow a 34 point lead lol.Report

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Guess Rosen isn’t so overrated after all 🙂Report

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Anyone think I should pick up either Burkhead or Dion Lewis and drop Thomas Rawls? Both went undrafted and I absolutely hate it when any Patriots player does well and he’s not on my team! (Somebody drafted Brady #2 overrall!!! I was thinking of stealing him in the 3rd round!)Report

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Dump Zeke for Burkhead for a clear conscience.Report

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Keeping Zeke. He likes to party, I like to party. I just have to convince him to stop beating women and being a douche-bagel.Report

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My draft went well. If Zeke plays 16 games, I’m golden! I have him and Melvin Gordon, CJ Anderson, Gillislee, and Rawls as RBs. Antonio Brown, Chris Hogan, Demaryius Thomas (accidentally drafted when I couldn’t find Hogan…Thomas why must you always be on my fantasy team, I don’t like you!), and Moncrief. Russell GOAT Wilson and Kyle Rudolph/Zach Ertz at TE.Report

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Raindrops 🙂Report

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on rosesReport

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…and whiskers on mittens…Report

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UCLA 3 A&M 17Report

Saturn III
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lol Josh Nosen is so overrated.Report

BoSoxJim
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Well, you can’t really blame all this on him. Apparently BB should be calling the coach of Texas A&M for advice on acquiring edge rushers.Report

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Yup.Report

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Pats coaching staff is awesome. Will never get tired of listening to Patricia, McD, and Pink Strikes breaking down game plans.Report

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I think Ernie is just using “Pink Stripes” to mess with us. We’re like Howard & Raj trying to figure out why Sheldon wrote “43” on the whiteboard.Report

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Huh??Report

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The Big Bang TheoryReport

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Never heard of it.Report

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That’s because it doesn’t air on the Hallmark Channel (or Lifetime)Report

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Face it, you and Freeland are the only fans of the show.Report

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Hmmmm…I’m going out on a limb and say there are at least a couple more of us out thereReport

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Oh yeah, and a suit at CBS. 🙂Report

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Is that like Smelly Cat?Report

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A peek behind the curtain.Report

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Brisset’s last game as a Pat being replayed on NFLN now.Report

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One of the greatest performances in pre-season history!Report

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Colts fan??Report

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Was it just Jim that couldn’t see the picture I posted below? Or was it just not view able?Report

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Firefox with a script blocker doesn’t allow me to see images posted with the code bar. Pasting the links into the text field usually works.Report

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Thanks.. Lets try it again
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OK!!Report

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it just says “comment image” (under “four more days”), which is why I made that comment.Report

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I see nothing.Report

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AwesomeReport

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Falcons sign Joe Vellano to their PS.Report

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the statue of liberty in the super bowl was a thing of beautyReport

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do your job 2 must be good. the room went quietReport

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We have a while to wait.Report

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They’re replaying it on NFLN this week sometime.Report

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Four more days
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I can’t comment on an image I can’t see 🙂Report

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The Super Bowl, Adam Vinatieri after kicking winning FG VS RamsReport

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Rotoworld: Titans placed WR Harry Douglas on injured reserve, ending his season.
Almost impossible to displace in Tennessee, it feels like Douglas has been with the organization since the Oiler days. We are now free, as are defensive backs who were so frequently cut blocked by Douglas on run plays. Douglas did help win Drew Dinkmeyer a million dollars at one point, but otherwise he was a net-negative in all facets, and was one of the dirtiest players in the league. Report

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Had to Google Dinkmeyer.Report

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Hee, Hee. Boney said dinkmeyerReport

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Is it Thursday night yet?Report

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Four moar dayz.Report

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my daughter has dance class thursday nights. So that kinda sucksReport

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You need to tell the instructor that this Thursday is a holiday and she needs to cancel classReport

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Or put a 72″ screen up for all the dads.Report

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….or the dads can pretend they’re filming their daughters on their phones when, in actuality, they are watching the game.Report

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Alex Smith explains exactly why Bill Belichick’s defenses are unlike any he’s likely to see the rest of the season:

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Joe Schad✔
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According to NFL source, New England Patriots expressed interest in Drew Morgan. Because, of course.

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I didn’t watch the last preseason game, i just followed the score and the game stats.
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Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Guy – Branch – Brown – Flowers

Van Noy – Hightower – Harris

Gilmore – Chung – DMC – Gilmore

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I see people are worried about lacking of DE’s. But if you imagine Pats playing 3 men fronts, specially on sub defense (with our talented offense it can be more than 60% of the time), i think the Pats have the right personnel, specially versatile LB’s
BB always wants pressure to be disguised, to have an element of unpredictability.Report

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Right now it’s so unpredictable that BB himself doesn’t know where the pressure will come from.Report

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it starts with great coverageReport

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No, it starts with getting consistent pressure. Doesn’t matter how good the coverage, if you don;t get to the QB, someone will get open.
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specially the interior of the OL depthReport

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All the depth looks concerning.Report

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We are cool at OT IMOReport

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Starters, yes. If Fleming or waddle have to play extended snaps then may God have mercy on Tom E BradyReport

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I think Fleming is really improving and Pats must like Waddle.
After what happened with Cannon i stopped to pretend i know much about O-line

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Count me as one of the worried people: not overly impressed by this crop of LBs… but I want to believe 🙂Report

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Trust me, we just watch the vanilla schemes in preseason.Report

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I trust more Bill on these matters… no offense Smack 🙂
By the way, pretty boring game tonight, Portugal didn’t have to force their talent.Report

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Very important win tonight. Now we just need to defeat Switzerland at home to win the groupReport

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Look better than the U.S teamReport

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that will be more difficultReport

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I know, but for them too. They will have to face the hell of 65.000 fans in Lisbon tooReport

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That high school has put out some good talent over the years. Ft. Lauderdale Dillard as well. Our HS team made the state finals in 89 and played Dillard. Issac Bruce returned the opening KO for a TD and the game quickly became a blowout.Report

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it was a great tradeReport

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specially because i thought they were gonna cut Brissett 🙂Report

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What happened with Su’a Cravens??Report

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New England Patriots ✔ @Patriots
We’re kicking off on @SNFonNBC on Thursday, but Do Your Job 2 premieres on NBC tonight at 7pm!

Is it about 2016 season?Report

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Yes.Report

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Interesting, i really enjoyed the first one about 2014 seasonReport

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Still no word if McClellen was placed on IR?Report

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First injury report due tomorrow?Report

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I’m still waiting on the explanation of Lucien’s injury.Report

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Influenza Foxboroughphilis

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Yes.Report

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Brady is questionable, shoulder injury 🙂Report

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Zack Cox ✔ @ZackCoxNESN
Patriots prax squad:
Trevor Bates
Cody Hollister
D.J. Foster
Ted Karras
David Jones
James Ferentz
Geneo Grissom
Darius Kilgo
Damarius TravisReport

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Six rings is happening, folks! BELIEVE!Report

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is that you boney?Report

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Boney are did you make the cheer squad!?!?Report

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are those pom-poms?Report

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They’re rings, dangit! Are you questioning my artistic abilities? I had five last year.Report

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Not gonna lie, look like stick figure pom-poms.Report

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Yeah, thought so too last year, but my art is still stuck in kindergarten.Report

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I mean, give yourself a break, if it wasn’t for you no one would even know who Laurence Maroney is!Report

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why so confident?Report

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And Trevor Bates! We can’t lose with him!Report

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wait, I thought he was released?Report

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Back to PS.Report

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Go UMaine!Report

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Because I BELIEVE! And I’m wearing six rings…Report

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Because you finally changed your avi??Report

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Saints cut FB John Kuhn.Report

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Oldest RB around, I think.Report

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I don’t know how old he is but the FB is becoming a dying breed.Report

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#39 is back 🙂Report

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Indeed. I dumped my original email address, but for some reason the new one didn’t go through. Corrected it today.Report

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That’s good.Report

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Darius Kilgo to the PS .Report

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