Setting projected game-day roster

With the Patriots already declaring six players out for Sunday's road game against the Bills, they have just one more player to downgrade before kickoff. If all injured players play in the game, the last player to be declared inactive will likely be quarterback Ryan Mallett.

With that in mind, here is how the game-day roster would look, which foreshadows more spread formations with three receivers on offense and defensive back-laden packages on defense against the Bills' spread attack:


QB: Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer

RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen (debut)

TE: Rob Gronkowski

WR: Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Chad Ochocinco, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater

OL: Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly, Brian Waters, Nate Solder, Ryan Wendell (debut), Donald Thomas


DT: Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Landon Cohen (debut)

DE: Andre Carter, Shaun Ellis, Mark Anderson, Jermaine Cunningham

LB: Jerod Mayo, Rob Ninkovich, Gary Guyton, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes, Jeff Tarpinian (debut), Tracy White

CB: Devin McCourty, Leigh Bodden, Ras-I Dowling, Kyle Arrington, Antwaun Molden, Phillip Adams (debut)

S: Sergio Brown, Josh Barrett, James Ihedigbo, Ross Ventrone (debut)


K: Stephen Gostkowski

P: Zoltan Mesko

LS: Danny Aiken