Found May 25, 2013 on NESN.com:
For the first time in the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots will attempt to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushers. The feat was last accomplished by New England when the team was still wearing royal blue and red jerseys and Foxboro Stadium was still standing along Route 1. Curtis Martin rushed for 1,160 in 1997 and Robert Edwards ran for 1,115 as a rookie in 1998. The last time the same player rushed for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons was in 1996 and 1997 by Martin. There’s a chance New England can recapture that kind of consistency in 2013 with Stevan Ridley. Going into the 2012 season, the Patriots had to be ranked near the bottom of the NFL’s running back stables because of the uncertainty at the position. A lot can change in a year. Ridley had a solid 2011 as a rookie, but the Patriots were giving up a sure-thing in BenJarvus Green-Ellis by betting on Ridley’s assumed improvement. The gamble paid off as Ridley ran for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 4.4 yards pe...
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