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New England Patriots depth chart: Rob Gronkowski on first team

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The New England Patriots released their first depth chart of the preseason on Aug. 3 ahead of their Aug. 7 preseason opener against Washington. The depth chart shows Rob Gronkowski's return to the first-string offense as he tries to return for Week One following ACL surgery.

Rookies are listed at the bottom of the depth chart. First-round pick Dominique Easley is listed as the fourth-string defensive tackle and second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo is behind quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett. Despite receiving praise from coach Bill Belichick and Brady, rookie running back James White is listed on the third-team.

Depth chart:

Offense

QB: Tom Brady | Ryan Mallett | Jimmy Garoppolo

​RB 1: Stevan Ridley | Brandon Bolden | James Develin

RB 2: Shane Vereen | Jonas Gray | James White

WR 1: Danny Amendola | Kenbrell Thompkins | Josh Boyce

WR 2: Julian Edelman | Aaron Dobson | Brandon LeFell

​TE: Rob Gronkowski | Michael HoomanawanuiD.J. WilliamsJustin Jones/Asa Watson

LT: Nate SolderMarcus CannonJordan DeveyChris Martin

LG: Logan MankinsJosh KlineJon Halapio

​C: Ryan Wendell | Chris Barker | Braxston Cave | Bryan Stork

RG: Dan Connolly | Josh Kline | Jon Halapio

RT: Sebastian Vollmer | Marcus Cannon | Cameron Fleming

Defense

LDE: Rob Ninkovich | Jake BequetteMichael Buchanan | Dominique Easley

DT: Vince WilforkSealver SiligaJoe VellanoEathyn Manumaleuna

​DT: Tommy KellyChris JonesMarcus Forston |Dominique Easley/L.T. Tuipulotu

​RDE: Chandler JonesWill SmithZach Moore

LB: Jamie CollinsJames AndersonSteve BeauharnaisDeontae Skinner

LB: Jerod MayoChris White | Ja’Gared Davis | Cameron Gordon

LB: Dont’a Hightower | Darius FlemingTaylor McCuller

​CB: Darrelle Revis | Logan RyanJustin GreenTravis Hawkins/Malcolm Butler

CB: Brandon BrownerAlfonzo DennardKyle Arrington | Jamea Thomas

S: Duron HarmonPatrick ChungKanorris Davis | Daxton Swanson

S: Devin McCourty | Tavon WilsonNate EbnerShamiel Gary

Special Teams

K: Stephen Gostkowski

​P: Ryan Allen

PR: Julian Edelman | Danny Amendola

​KR: Josh Boyce | Matthew Slater | Shane Vereen

​LS: Danny Aiken | Tyler Ott

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