Marcus Benard not expected to make the Patriots final roster

Mike Rodak of ESPNBoston.com doesn’t expect Marcus Benard to make the Patriots final 53-man roster because of how crowded New England is at defensive end.

Benard is part of a crowded picture at defensive end, and will very likely be locked in a battle with Jermaine Cunningham to be part of the rotation at the position. With Justin Francis and Jake Bequette good bets to crack the 53-man roster, and seventh-round pick Michael Buchanan factoring into the mix, Benard has an uphill battle at a position where the Patriots have invested heavily in draft picks recently.

It sounds like if Benard is going to impress the Patriots during the preseason, he’s going to need some of the magic he had in 2010 when he recorded 7.5 sacks for the Browns.