Where Zusevics fits on the roster. A rookie free agent out of Iowa who tore his pectoral muscle at the combine, Zusevics has been on the non-football injury list all season. Today marked the deadline for the team to make a decision on his status -- either injured reserve or the active roster. This is obviously an indication that the Patriots want him to be part of the mix this season, possibly as early as tonight. One thing to watch for tonight is the potential usage of offensive tackle Nate Solder in a tight-end type of role. If the Patriots do that, which would be an attempt to generate more in the running game without their best blocking tight end in Rob Gronkowski, it would require more depth at offensive tackle. That's where Zusevics could potentially come into play behind the other tackles, Sebastian Vollmer and Marcus Cannon.
The Patriots waived Greg Salas today and added Mark Zusevics. This could be a hint as to how the Pats will approach this game. Specifically you could see Nate Solder playing some tight end as he has done at times in the past.
It does make a lot of sense as maybe the only way you're going to get some semblance semblance of Gronk blocking ability is by putting another huge body there. Who better than Nate Solder?