The Patriots are in the midst of a 10-day span between games. However, their Monday night tilt with the Eagles will kick off a stretch of three games in 10 days.
This unusual schedule gives these practices heightened importance, as they represent the last extended period to install scheme and make evaluations from padded workouts.
The evaluations are especially important, as this is a team with some serious depth that will have some tough roster decisions come cut-down day.
Having attended Thursday’s practice, here is my take on some of the tougher competitions.
It’s widely known that the Patriots will have a running-back-by-committee approach to 2012. Stevan Ridley has been the favorite to be the “starter”, but he hasn’t been noticeably better than the other backs on the roster. In fact, I don’t foresee any one of these backs to outplay the others enough into the “lead” role previously held by BenJarvis Green-Ellis.
Ridley did not finish Thursday’s practice, a...