Here is an updated projection heading into Friday night's preseason game against the Panthers:
Quick-hit: For now, proceeding on the assumption that Brady will either win in court or have some type of appeal that keeps him on the roster.
Quick-hit: LeGarrette Blount doesn't count on the active roster due to his one-game suspension.
Fullback (1): James Develin
Quick-hit: Bill Belichick said he's one of the team's most dependable players on a day-in, day-out basis.
Quick-hit: Acquiring Williams in a trade with the Lions on Wednesday could have Hoomanawanui on the outside looking in.
Quick-hit: Brandon LaFell starts on PUP in this projection. Rolling some dice that Harper, an undrafted free agent from Cal, could sneak through to the practice squad as this came down to either him or Dobson.
Quick-hit: Solder enters the final year of his contract, so there's some short- and long-range factors to consider.
Quick-hit: Kline is on the bubble, but there's a glut and something has to give between him and rookie David Andrews.
Center (2): Bryan Stork, David Andrews
Quick-hit: An undrafted free agent from Georgia, Andrews has played his way on to the roster through two games.
Quick-hit: Chris Jones opens the season on PUP. Branch could be on the bubble, but sticks in this scenario because big-bodied defenders are hard to find.
Quick-hit: Could be the deepest position on the roster.
Quick-hit: Dane Fletcher opens the year on PUP, while there could be some initial juggling at this spot with backups like Morris and Freeny as different areas of the roster are considered.
Quick-hit: Nothing is a given after the first three on the depth chart, but Fletcher - whose physical makeup as a bigger, longer corner makes him different from the rest of the group -- has built a little momentum after a couple of pass breakups last Saturday in New Orleans.
Quick-hit: Wilson has played well enough to earn a spot, but is probably the most likely candidate to fall victim to a numbers crunch. Perhaps a safety-needy team shows interest in a possible trade.
Kicker (1): Stephen Gostkowski
Punter (1): Ryan Allen
Snapper (1): Joe Cardona
Specialist (1): Matthew Slater