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For nearly a decade, the Patriots have been known as a pass-first team on offense. That strategy isn’t going to change anytime soon. But the emergence of a sound and productive running game has at least shifted the offensive method in New England. Stevan Ridley, who ranks third in the AFC with 939 rushing yards, has brought new life to a team that hasn’t produced an effective running game since Corey Dillon‘s last days in New England back in 2006. Ridley’s contributions have proven vital in the emergence of a more balanced offense in New England, and quarterback Tom Brady is just one of the spectators taking notice. “There was a lot competition at running back in the early part of the season, and that whole group has really been a huge strength of our team,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Morning Show on Monday. The improved ground game has forced defenses to turn at least some of their attention away from Brady, allowing the quarterback more t...
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