Unlucky Seven: Who will end up sitting against the Panthers?
|11.18.13 at 4:52 pm ET|
The Patriots will announce their inactives roughly 90 minutes before kickoff — that will be just after 7 p.m. — but based on how things have shaped up this week, here’s our take on who will likely be sitting for Monday’s game against the Panthers.
Running back/return man Leon Washington: One of three downgraded to out prior to Monday, the veteran has been dogged by ankle and thigh injuries over the course of the season. He’s played in two games to this point.
Safety Steve Gregory: The defensive back suffered a broken thumb in the recent win over the Steelers, and is expected to be on the shelf for another couple of weeks. Duron Harmon should see the bulk of playing time in his absence.
Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard: Like Washington and Gregory, he was designated inactive prior to Monday. Look for more defensive packages involving rookie Logan Ryan, although the Patriots might be inclined to move Kyle Arrington from his slot position outside (in place of Dennard) and let Ryan take the slot. Something worth keeping an eye on.
Wide receiver Josh Boyce: Headed for a redshirt year. If he is a healthy scratch, this will mark his fifth straight game on the sidelines. (Depending on how confident the Patriots are in the state of Shane Vereen‘s wrist, Brandon Bolden also might be a possible scratch. Not saying Vereen won’t start — just wonder how much he’ll be able to go in his first action since Week 1.)
Offensive lineman Chris Barker: Like Boyce, it seems like Barker is going to essentially spend his first season with the Patriots as a redshirt. He’s been inactive — a healthy scratch — for six games to this point in the season.
Linebacker Steve Beauharnais: if there’s a defensive counterpoint to Barker and Boyce, it might be Beauharnais, a rookie linebacker who has already taken several healthy scratches to this point in the season. (Depending
Defensive end Jake Bequette: The return of Andre Carter and the development of Michael Buchanan seem to have pushed Bequette down the depth chart.