By far one of the hardest battles early this season will be making a stacked New England Patriots roster. Several talented rookies are vying for positions on the 53 man roster to begin the season. The Patriots have certainly had some great luck with undrafted rookies in the past (see: Malcolm Butler, Ryan Allen, and David Andrews), and early on, this year’s undrafted rookie class is showcasing some talent.
Kenny Moore: 5’9” 179 lb Corner
Kenny is coming off a season where he had 8 pass breakups and 5 interceptions for Valdosta College. His quickness and active hands have led to some great plays so far in camp. His 65 tackles last season led his team’s whole defense. Kenny idolizes former Patriot Darrelle Revis and growing up wanted to be Champ Bailey. Look for Moore to make a run at a special teams position in camp this season.
Adam Butler: 6’5” 300 lb Defensive Tackle
Adam had 31 tackles and 4 sacks last season for Vanderbilt College. Coach Belichick has put a premium on versatility and Butler can play across the defensive line wherever he is needed. This opens up some possiblilties for him in the future. Butler won’t make much of an impact this year, but look for him in the future to fill those gaps up the middle of the field.
Harvey Langi: 6’2” 252 lb Defensive End/Linebacker
Harvey had 57 tackles and 2 sacks last season for BYU. His versatility is one of his greatest strengths so far. He can play nearly anywhere on defense and even played Fullback in college. Look for Harvey to get some time on the field in blowouts and certain situations this year.
Honorable mentions on defense include Derek Rivers and Josh Augusta up front, and defensive backs Damarius Travis, Jason Thompson, and D.J. Killings. The big impact so far though has been on the offensive side of the ball.
There have been several standouts so far in camp and in the first preseason game against Jacksonville.
Jacob Hollister: 6’4” 249 lb Tight End
The Patriots continue their unbelievable trend of selecting studs at Tight End. Hollister pulled in 7 of 9 targets for 116 yards against Jacksonville. His blocking is subpar, but his receiving is already off to great start. Look for him to make an immediate impact on a team that loves their two TE sets. I really like this guy:
Jacob Hollister saltando sobre um defensor:pic.twitter.com/XBabp3jWzk
— Felipe Durante (@fedurante) August 11, 2017
K.J. Maye: 5’10” 194 lb Wide Receiver
K.J. broke out against Jacksonville reeling in 6 out of 7 targets for 34 yards and a Touchdown. Worth noting here that K.J. worked with a lot of bubble screens and ran several plays which looked tailored to newcomer Brandin Cooks.
Austin Carr: 6’1” 195 lb Wide Receiver
By far the biggest rookie impact this year will be made by Austin Carr. After 12 games, 90 catches, 1,247 yards, and 12 touchdowns for Northwestern Austin looks like he will put several fingerprints on this season. Cut straight from the cloth of Julian Edelman, if there are any injuries to Patriot receivers this year, Austin Carr will be the next man up. He had some very nice catches last night:
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) August 11, 2017
Then this incredible grab:
— ALL GRIND SPORTS (@allgrindsports) August 11, 2017
Overall the Patriots look to be in great shape going into the 2017 season. Look for these rookies to make an impact all over the field and contribute to a successful year.