The following is a look at the Patriots' roster, currently at 51 players (expect more moves ahead), with a quick-hit thought at each position:
Quick hit: For the fourth time in five years, the Patriots initially keep just two quarterbacks as Tim Tebow is released.
Running back (5):
Quick hit: As deep of a backfield as the Patriots have had in recent memory; Washington can serve as kickoff returner.
Quick hit: Came on strong in training camp and his presence somewhat allows the Patriots to go thin at tight end.
Wide receiver (6)
Quick hit: Can't think of another time that a Bill Belichick-coached Patriots team opened the year with three rookies at receiver.
Tight end (3)
Quick hit: With Gronkowski unavailable for the start of the season, they will probably lean toward more 3-receiver and 2-back sets over 2-TE packages
Offensive line (8)
Quick hit: Kline, a rookie free agent out of Kent State, surprises to earn an eighth spot for now.
Defensive tackle (3)
Quick hit: Undrafted rookie Vellano is the choice over former practice squad player Marcus Forston, as this is a position the Patriots figure to look for help.
Defensive end (4)
Quick hit: Beauharnais, the seventh-round pick out of Rutgers, lands a developmental spot at a position where there were few questions.
Quick hit: Dennard's uncertain legal situation could leave this group thinner than desired, but Ryan, the third-round pick out of Rutgers, has been a quick study.
Quick hit: Veteran Adrian Wilson is placed on injured reserve as the Patriots are essentially back in the same place as last year; the lone addition is Harmon, the third-round pick from Rutgers who many analysts felt was drafted too high.
Quick hit: Allen, the two-time Ray Guy Award winner, wins the competition over Zoltan Mesko. He'll also likely serve as the holder on field goals, which had been Mesko's responsibility.