The Patriots released their first depth chart of the 2017 season and it is littered with several new starters. However, not many surprises otherwise.
Stephon Gilmore, Kony Ealy, and David Harris slide into starter roles in their first season with the Patriots. That is not expected to change once the season begins. Newcomer Mike Gillislee is listed as the starter at running back, alongside Super Bowl hero, James White. And of course, wide receiver Brandin Cooks expects to be a top target of Tom Brady next season, making him a lock as a starter.
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With just about one calendar month to go before the start of the season, the kick off is becoming a bit more real. Training camp has been in full swing for the last couple weeks and the Patriots will have their first preseason game this week.
The new depth chart is once again a stark reminder of the depth this team has. From top to bottom, it is hard to find a weakness. Of course, injuries can change that in an instant, but barring anything major the depth chart shouldn’t fluctuate much leading up to the season.
On the fringe, Austin Carr has seemed to separate himself as the fifth wide receiver on the depth chart. It will still be tough for him to make the opening day roster, however, his impressive showing in camp so far has garnered some attention. Tight end Matt Lengel is currently listed as the third tight end ahead of newcomer, James O’Shaughnessy.
If the newcomers excel in their new roles in the 2017 season, look for another banner raising ceremony in September of 2018.
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– Ian Glendon is a National Co-Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots. He covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on Follow @iglen31 Follow @cover32_NE and Facebook.