Spotlight on New England Patriots 3rd Down Rushing

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August 19, 2013 at 02:49pm ET

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So far this preseason the focus has been on the impressive performances put in by Tom Brady, but looking at the numbers, the ground game has fared pretty well.

Looking closer at the team's third down rushing stats, they've been pretty successful.  They've converted 6-of-8 third down carries (75%), including 3-of-4 Friday night against the Buccaneers.

Here's a complete look at all the Patriots running backs on third down this preseason:

Tim Tebow: 2 carries, 23 yards, 1 first down
Brandon Bolden: 2 carries, 17 yards, 1 first down
Stevan Ridley:  1 carry, 10 yards, 1 first down
James Develin: 2 carries, 6 yards, 2 first downs
LeGarrette Blount: 1 carry, 3 yards, 1 first down

Here's a view of where they've had success running the ball.  Interesting to note, no carries over left tackle or left guard:

2013-Patriots-Pre-Season-2-Game-3rd-Down-Rushing-Chart

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