New England Patriots: 3 Players to Watch in Preseason Week 3 vs. Panthers

Who to look out for as the New England Patriots take on the Carolina Panthers

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OT Cole Croston ― No. 74

Offensive lineman Cole Croston made the Patriots’ 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie free agent last summer. Following Isaiah Wynn’s season-ending injury, he could earn a spot on the team for the second year in a row.

The Patriots are well equipped at the tackle position with Trent Brown and Marcus Cannon starting and LaAdrian Waddle serving as a backup but with Wynn out for the season, the fourth tackle spot is wide open.

Croston served as the Patriots’ swing tackle in four games last season and he’s a candidate to take the job in 2018. He played 56 snaps (78 percent) at right guard in Week 1 of the preseason and his ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line adds to his value as a backup lineman.

Croston didn’t play against Philadelphia and it will be interesting to see where he plays on the offensive line against Carolina. The Patriots will likely carry four tackles on their active roster and he’ll have to beat out Matt Tobin and Ulrick John for the job.

Statistics and playtime percentages courtesy of NFL Game Summaries.