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Can Ridley help replace the half of the carries lost when Green-Ellis left in free agency?
The Patriots let running back BenJarvis Green-Ellis walk in free agency this past off-season without a real conscious effort to retain him. Green-Ellis, who had 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons, was an underrated piece in the powerful Patriots offense.
Veteran Joseph Addai was brought in this off-season to enter the mix for carries, but he was cut the first day of camp. That leaves the Patriots with a defacto veteran third down specialist Danny Woodhead, second year players Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, and undrafted free agent Brandon Bolden.
Let’s take a look at the number of rushes the team had the past two years, as well as the outgoing Green-Ellis, the remaining four backs, and quarterback Tom Brady.
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BenJarvis Green Ellis
2010 (college): 249
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The Boston Globe has hinted that Patriots running back Shane Vereen is gaining ground on projected starter Stevan Ridley.Fantasy Spin:Ridley has had trouble holding onto the ball in practice, allowing Vereen to see more first-team reps than he did during the first couple weeks of practice. Ridley was never a lock for the job so expect this back and forth running back battle to last...
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The Patriots have just one Monday Night Football game this season. So during the other 16 weeks of the year, you just might catch Rob Gronkowski in a rather awkward position. Gronkowski is one of the players to appear in ESPN's new Monday Night Football commercial, which portrays the message that no matter what you do, "it all comes down to Monday night." During his...
It was a busy off-season for Tom Brady’s troll game, whether it was being spotted in public looking like one of the Newsies or sporting a faux-hawk. With football about to start, Dreamboat has to start focusing on quarterbacking again and put trolling on the backburner, but not before dropping one more memorable glitterbomb on us.
In a cover shoot for the fall issue of VMAN, the...
Tomorrow is the last day of Patriots training camp that will be open to the public and from there on...
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Camp Observations: Day 19 - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston: Couple interesting...
“Not sure if it’s due to the return of Josh McDaniels, but the Patriots have run a variation...
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told the Dennis and Callahan Show on WEEI in Boston vis SportsRadioInterviews.com that he really doesn’t care who’s officiating this season. Whether it’s replacement officials or not, Brady knows he must do his job.
“Whoever’s out there is out there. I really couldn’t care less who’s calling the game. I gotta go...
New England Patriots Mailbag -- Offensive line a concern - ESPN Boston:
In terms of a ranking, this...
Vereen saw a dramatic uptick in overall reps and with the first team
— Greg A. Bedard...
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Shane Vereen is starting to get more and more reps in the high flying Patriot offense. He looked great in the Pats first preseason game and after Ridley has put the ball on the turf in consecutive days, Vereen starting get more reps. Ridley fumbled and was benched in 2011, so this is slightly worrisome. Remember that Belichick was spoiled with...
Patriots-Really a no-brainer here. The Patriots defense may be lacking at times, but their offense is just too potent, especially with the addition of Brandon Lloyd.
Even though their pre-season game ended 7-6 over the Saints, everyone knows they are holding everything back. Josh McDaniels is back coaching Tom Brady. McDaniels was the offensive coordinator when Brady...