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Special practice for season ticket holders gives glimpse into who could make 53-man roster

Mac Jones and most of the Patriots' returning starters were on Team Blue during an annual in-stadium practice in front of season-ticket holders and Foxborough residents on Friday night.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — The most revealing part of the Patriots’ annual in-stadium practice Friday night was the construction of the rosters.

In a non-competitive, half-speed scrimmage open to season-ticket holders and Foxborough residents, the Patriots divided their players into Team Blue and Team White, offering an early projection of the 53-man roster.

Team Blue featured 38 players, including quarterback Mac Jones and other starters. Nearly all are considered locks to make the team.

The full list: wide receiver/running back Ty Montgomery; wide receivers Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers, and DeVante Parker; cornerbacks Malcolm Butler, Jonathan Jones, Marcus Jones, Jalen Mills, and Terrance Mitchell; safeties Kyle Dugger, Devin McCourty, and Adrian Phillips; running back Damien Harris; special teamers Cody Davis and Matthew Slater; tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith; linebackers Ja’Whaun Bentley, Anfernee Jennings, Raekwon McMillan, Mack Wilson, and Josh Uche; defensive linemen Henry Anderson, Christian Barmore, Davon Godchaux, and Lawrence Guy; offensive linemen David Andrews, Trent Brown, James Ferentz, Michael Onwenu, Cole Strange, and Isaiah Wynn; quarterback Brian Hoyer; punter Jake Bailey; kicker Nick Folk; and long snapper Joe Cardona.

The annual in-stadium practice for season ticket members and Foxborough residents gave a bit of a window into what Bill Belichick is thinking for the upcoming season's roster.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Adding in a quartet of sidelined players — linebackers Matthew Judon and Jahlani Tavai, running back Rhamondre Stevenson, and safety Jabrill Peppers — brings the number to 42.


Including the other active members of the 2022 draft class — wide receiver Tyquan Thornton, cornerback Jack Jones, running back Pierre Strong, quarterback Bailey Zappe, running back Kevin Harris, and defensive tackle Sam Roberts — brings the number to 48.

Rookie offensive linemen Chasen Hines and Andrew Stueber remain on the non-football injury list, and running back James White is still on the physically unable to perform list, so they are not included in these calculations.

That would leave five open spots for the non-rookie members of Team White. Defensive back Justin Bethel, who played 79.3 percent of the team’s special teams snaps last season, should be a lock. The same goes for defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr., who suited up in white likely because he has been limited in practice.


Among those vying for the remaining three spots are defensive backs Joshuah Bledsoe, Myles Bryant, Shaun Wade, and Joejuan Williams; running back J.J. Taylor; wide receiver Tre Nixon; tight end Devin Asiasi; linebackers Cameron McGrone, Harvey Langi, and Ronnie Perkins; offensive linemen Yasir Durant, Justin Herron, and Bill Murray; and defensive lineman Carl Davis Jr.

These numbers and groupings are, of course, fluid. Ferentz, a member of Team Blue, spent most of last season on the practice squad.

Clubs are currently allowed to carry 90 players and will make a series of three cuts this month to bring the number down to 53 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Other observations from Friday’s practice. . .

  • Senior football advisor Matt Patricia called the offensive plays for Team Blue, while offensive assistant Joe Judge called them for Team White. Linebackers coach Steve Belichick and Jerod Mayo were also on the sidelines for Team White, while defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington was on Team Blue.
  • Perhaps there’s some sort of future role for Patrick Chung, who was in street clothes on the sidelines for Team Blue. Chung, who retired in March 2021, also attended practice earlier this week.
  • Coach Bill Belichick said Thursday that Friday’s practice would be an opportunity to work on the team’s game day preparation — and that’s exactly what the Patriots did. Though they were operating at low intensity, players went through their typical pregame routine.
  • Uche and Herron got into a mini scuffle after a play in the second half of practice, causing both players to be kicked out. Herron was blocking Uche on a pass rush.
  • The loudest cheers of the night came on a play where Jones scrambled and ended up running an extra 25 or so yards. The second loudest cheers came on a long touchdown pass from Hoyer to Parker.
  • Several players stuck around after practice to sign autographs and interact with fans.
  • Friday marked the first time the Patriots took the field at Gillette Stadium without the north end zone lighthouse. The jumbotron and Super Bowl banners are also down as a result of ongoing construction.

Nicole Yang can be reached at her @nicolecyang.