FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots have two open spots on their 53-man roster, as well as one practice squad opening, and coach Bill Belichick said this morning that the team is in the process of filling them.
Belichick said the moves will be announced today, adding that the club will have some type movement from a physically-unable-to-perform list perspective.
The Patriots have three players on the reserve/physically unable to perform list -- running back Kevin Faulk and defensive linemen Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick -- and one player on the reserve/non-football injury list (offensive lineman Marcus Cannon).
Belichick touched on Brace, Deaderick and Cannon from a scouting perspective, obliging one reporter who was curious about what schemes they played in college, and how they might fit into the Patriots' current plans.
Brace -- Played an interior position in Boston College's 4-3 and would likely project to that role in the Patriots' new scheme.
Deaderick -- Alabama was often in nickel, but Deaderick showed flexibility to play end and tackle in a four-man line.
Cannon -- Offensive tackle who also projects to guard.
When it comes to these players, plus Faulk, the Patriots don't have to place them on the 53-man roster right away. They can start practicing as early as today (if cleared medically) and then the team has three weeks from the player's first day of practice to make a decision on roster status.
In some ways, this is like acquiring a player at today's trading deadline.