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How Bill Belichick will construct 53-man roster

Ryan Hannable
August 31, 2018 - 12:01 pm

Bill Belichick and the Patriots will be very busy over the next 24 or so hours as they put together their initial 53-man roster.

A lot will go into it as the team has not only the four preseason games, but all of training camp and the spring sessions to consider. For Belichick, he's admitted it is one of the hardest times of the year for him.

"There’s always some situations that are more clear-cut than others," he said on a conference call with reporters Friday. "The more information you have, then the easier or maybe the more confident you feel that you are making the right decision. The less information you have, then more variables there are that you just can’t be quite as certain of. It’s always a combination of those things. We’ll just do the best we can, see how it goes."

Often times a really good player is released in order to keep perhaps a lesser player just because the lesser player plays a position with less depth. Belichick said that is all part of the process.

"I mean you want the best team overall so sometimes – again, every team’s different, every situation’s different," Belichick said. "I don’t think there’s any, like again, set formula that I would follow. You just try to put the best team together that you can. There’s some positions that are maybe not exactly the way you want them and so you work around those in some fashion. Other positions, maybe you feel are probably pretty good or as good as it’s going to be and so that’s maybe less of a conversation. When you have more depth in one position and less depth in another there’s always a conflict of do you carry the better players that give you more depth versus position where you need players but maybe they’re not as good at that position as other guys are at a position where you have more depth.

"Again, every situation’s different. There’s a lot of things that factor into it. It’s under the total category of team building and as we all know, there are a lot of roster adjustments in the first month of the season and so even some of the things that get done tomorrow or Sunday, there’s still going to be a lot of roster movement in the first week, two weeks of the season, even in the first month of the season through September on our team and throughout the league. That’s the same way it is every year so I doubt it’ll be any different this year. I’d be surprised."

The final 53-man roster needs to be set by Saturday at 4 p.m.

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