• Cam Newton* (23-23 record since his MVP season in 2015, inconsistent performance and shoulder/foot injuries have limited him in recent years, BUT the All-Pro talent is probably still there and every once in awhile NE hits on one of their reclamation projects... so he could be a very BIG DEAL)  
  • Jarrett Stidham (fourth-rounder in 2019, looked excellent in the preseason but did not see any meaningful snaps in the regular season, he checks boxes in terms of size and arm strength, will compete with Newton for the starting job) 
  • Brian Hoyer* (reliable veteran backup)

Running Back

  • Sony Michel (regressed in 2019 after a promising rookie year, chronic knee issues are a major limitation, expected to begin the year on PUP)
  • James White (among the most reliable pass-catching RBs in football, excellent in third-down and goal-line situations)
  • Rex Burkhead (oft-injured rotational back, can be dynamic as a runner and pass-catcher when fully healthy) 
  • Damien Harris (third-rounder in 2019, did not see meaningful action as a rookie, had a very productive college career at Alabama - over 3,000 rushing yards and a 6.4 ypc, he's limited in terms of speed but has a 3-down build, good hands, and blocking ability, a year two jump could be in order) 
  • Lamar Miller* (did not play in 2019 due to injury, made the Pro Bowl in 2018, solid runner and pass-catcher, should still have something left in the tank, veteran insurance for Michel) 
  • JJ Taylor* (rookie undrafted free agent, small in stature but explosive athlete, good hands and return ability, Dion Lewis comp) 

Wide Receiver

  • Julian Edelman (2019 was easily the most productive season of his career - 100 catches, 1,117 yards, and 6 TDs, he was a true workhorse and showed no signs of slowing down, though at 34 years old a decline has to be somewhere on the horizon) 
  • N'Keal Harry (first-rounder in 2019, was a major disappointment from a production standpoint and never seemed to grasp the playbook - the stage seemed too big for him, injuries and lack of separation were also issues, he was a talented college player and offers unique skill set, so there is still hope for a brighter future) 
  • Mohamed Sanu (came over via trade at the deadline, his performance post-trade was characterized by drops and a lack of speed/quickness, with better health and full offseason in NE there should be an improvement in 2020)
  • Damiere Byrd* (speedy free-agent acquisition, caught 32 passes for 359 yards in AZ last season, he's a logical replacement for Dorsett) 
  • Jakobi Myers (made the team as an undrafted free agent last year, dominated in preseason action and proved somewhat productive in the regular season)
  • Gunner Olszewski (made team as an undrafted free agent last year, showed well on special teams and flashed some promise as a receiver, he's got some upside going into 2020) 

Tight End / Fullback

  • Devin Asiasi* (rookie third-rounder, put up strong numbers in 2019 - 44 catches for 641 yards and 4 TDs, smooth movement skills, soft hands, good instincts as a route runner, blocking technique needs work - but effort is strong, TE1 upside, a great value in the third round) 
  • Dalton Keene* (rookie third-rounder, production at Virginia Tech was underwhelming - only 21 catches for 240 yards in 2019 - though he did score 5 TDs, offers good size, soft hands, and decent speed, very competitive playing style, lacks power but is a high effort blocker, in addition to TE, he could be a factor at FB and on special teams) 
  • Ryan Izzo (seventh-rounder in 2018, reserve TE)
  • Jakob Johnson (has shown some promise as a leader blocker, he's the favorite at FB following Devlin's retirement and Vitale's opt-out)

Offensive Tackle 

  • Isaiah Wynn (first-rounder in 2018, missed his entire rookie year and the first half of last season due to injury - but he was a stabilizing force once took the field and projects as the long answer at LT going forward) 
  • Jermaine Eluemunor (came over via trade before the 2019 season - ended up only playing 29 snaps, coaches moved him to RT after the Cannon opt-out, he could succeed in that role given his college experience at the position) 
  • Korey Cunningham (came over via trade before the 2019 season - but only appeared in one game, he did start 6 games at RT in 2018 for the Cardinals, should factor into the starting RT competition)
  • Yodny Cajuste (third-rounder in 2018, missed his entire rookie season with a hip injury, he was a good college player who made 30 starts at West Virginia and projected as an NFL starter pre-draft, if he can stay healthy he should be a factor at RT and swing tackle) 
  • Justin Herron* (rookie sixth-rounder, three-year starter at Wake Forest, experience at both left and right tackle, good athlete with smooth movement capabilities but underdeveloped in terms of strength, power, and technique, the team may cross-train him at guard) 

Interior Offensive Line

  • Joe Thuney (the team's top offensive lineman, excellent pass and run blocker, very consistent and durable) 
  • Shaq Mason (one of the NFL's top guards from 2016 to 2018, last season his performance was good but not of his usual caliber - though nagging injuries may have played a role) 
  • David Andrews (missed entire 2019 season with a medical issue, if he can fully recover, a return to rock-solid starting center status is likely) 
  • Hjalte Froholdt (fourth-rounder in 2019, had a rough training camp/preseason and was placed on IR right before the regular season kicked off, he does have talent so positive progression in 2020 is a possibility) 
  • Michael Onwenu* (rookie sixth-rounder, three-year starter at Michigan, very wide and powerful build, limited movement skills, but has starter upside given his strength and power) 

Defensive Line

  • Lawrence Guy (an integral member of the defense, excellent vs. the run and decent vs. the pass - 3 sacks) 
  • Beau Allen* (rotational run-defender, only 2.5 sacks across 6 career seasons) 
  • Adam Butler (best pass rusher among the D-lineman, recorded 6 sacks in 2019 - despite playing only half of the defensive snaps) 
  • Deatrich Wise Jr (versatile defender, has lined up at DE, DT, and OLB, snaps were down in 2019 but he did record 2 sacks and 11 QBH, penalties were an issue however) 
  • Byron Cowart (fifth-rounder in 2019, did not see any meaningful playing time as a rookie, was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and offers intriguing athletic ability - so there is some upside going into 2020) 

Edge (= DE/OLB)

  • Chase Winovich (third-rounder in 2019, showed considerable promise as a rookie - 5.5 sacks, 10 QBH, 4 TFL, he's the top candidate to replace Van Noy - so a big 2020 could be in store) 
  • John Simon (played around 50% of the defensive snaps in 2019 and recorded 4 sacks, his role will likely increase in 2020 with Van Noy out of the picture) 
  • Shilique Calhoun (special teamer and rotational edge, did not stand out on defense)

Move Linebacker (= ILB/OLB)

  • Josh Uche* (rookie second-rounder, one-year starter at Michigan, record 8.5 sacks and 11.5 TFL in 2019, good athlete but still learning the LB position, instincts are underdeveloped, with patience could develop into a dynamic defensive player) 
  • Anfernee Jennings* (rookie third-rounder, 3-year starter at Alabama, productive college career, recorded 8 sacks and 12 TFL in 2019, technically-sound player with NFL-ready strength, not particularly explosive or rangy, standout special teamer)
  • Brandon Copeland* (started 10/16 games for the Jets in 2018 and recorded 5 sacks, playing time decreased in 2019 - started 3 of 12 games and record only 1.5 sacks, projects as a sub-package defender in NE) 

Inside Linebacker

  • Ja'Whaun Bentley (third-rounder in 2018, looked good as a rookie before going on IR, appeared in all 16 games in 2019 - but only made 2 starts due to a crowded depth chart, he's strong vs. the run but unproven as a pass defender) 
  • Cassh Maluia* (rookie sixth-rounder, three-year starter at Wyoming, excellent speed for a LB - ran a 4.53 at Pro Day, projects as a special teamer) 


  • Stephon Gilmore (2019 DPOY, the best CB in football) 
  • JC Jackson (played at a very high level in 2019, if he begins to receive the national recognition he deserves - expect Pro Bowl honors in 2020) 
  • Jason McCourty (good and reliable veteran corner) 
  • Jonathan Jones (secondary chess piece, primarily covers out of the slot but has also seen snaps at outside corner and safety) 
  • Joejuan Williams (second-rounder in 2019, saw limited playing time as a rookie, but his success in college and intriguing length offers hope for a jump in 2020) 


  • Devin McCourty (one of the best safeties in the league, very strong vs. the pass and run, invaluable leader) 
  • Josh Duggar* (rookie second-rounder, dominated DII competition, stood out at Senior Bowl, prototypical size, explosive athletic ability, excellent coverage and tackling skills, seemingly limitless upside if he can make the transition to the pro game) 
  • Terrence Brooks (special teamer and backup safety, performed adequately when given defensive snaps) 
  • Adrian Phillips* (earned All-Pro honors in 2018 for his special teams work, has also excelled in a LB/S role on defense, did not play much in 2019 due to injury, will likely be a special teamer and sub-package player in NE) 

Special Teams 

  • Justin Rohrwasser* (rookie fifth-rounder, 48/62 on FGs and 118/123 on XPs across 4 years at Marshall, accuracy improved as a senior - made 18/21 of FGs, career-long is 53 yards) 
  • Nick Foles (in seven games with the Pats last season he hit 14/17 FGs and 12/12 XPs, he's insurance for the unproven Rohrwasser)
  • Jake Bailey (established himself as one of the league's top young punters after a promising rookie year, 36 of his 81 punts landed inside the 20) 
  • Matthew Slater (elite special teamer)
  • Justin Bethel (elite special teamer)
  • Cody Davis* (elite special teamer)