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  1. jmt57

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    With the Pats season over and free agency (hopefully) and the draft still a ways away, I figured this would be a good time to look back - and look forward - with some discussion at each position on the team.

    Running Back
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RFA)
    Danny Woodhead
    Kevin Faulk (free agent; IR)
    Sammy Morris (free agent)
    Fred Taylor (free agent)
    Thomas Clayton
     
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    Future Focus: Running backs - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

    2010 playing time breakdown as a percentage of snaps:
    41% - BJGE
    39% - Woodhead
    12% - Morris
    6% -- Taylor
    5% -- Faulk
     
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    Keep BJGE and Woodhead, Faulk retires, cut Morris and Taylor.

    Sign Kuhn or Heath Evans.

    Sign FA or draft RB to complement BJGE and Woodhead.

    JMO.
     
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    BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead Thrived in Patriots Backfield, But Mark Ingram Likely on Pats' Radar - New England Patriots - NESN.com - Jeff Howe

    BJGE was one of just three players to rush for 1,000 yards without a fumble last season; he finished 2nd in the NFL with 13 rushing touchdowns.
     
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    I like your plan actually (sad as it would be to see Faulk's career end). Assuming we can't sign Kuhn or Evans, I would say bring in another downhill running vet (not sure who's available), and keep Morris through training camp. Either keep him or the new vet as the FB/HB option. Also, I would draft a kid to round out the crew, but no earlier than the 4th round. I want the first 3 rounds used to bolster the trenches and LBs.
     
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    I don't see them letting Kuhn get away and H. Evans...meh I hope they use a draft pick on the position in the first 3 round
     
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    With the down playing of highly drafted RBs I could see Ingram slip quite a bit. If he is significantly better than any of the other RBs available I would not be surprised to see BB go against the grain(AGAIN!)and take him at 28 or 33. We do need 1 rookie and 1 vet to add to Woody and BJGE, and I say keep Morris. Ricky Williams may be too hard for BB to ignore, he can play anywhere...With our OL likely getting a major overhaul a elusive RB could be more essential than ever.
     
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    I doubt Ingram is there at 28....He probably is gone by 20
     
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    Watching the Pitt vs NY game, one thing became very clear to me.

    NE needs more speed at RB. Pitt got the edge and Mendenhall shifted gears for 10+ yards a pop. Furthermore, Mendenhall is threat to score anywhere on the field. NE does not have anybody like that. Maroney was supposed to be that guy.

    Brady is deadly in play action. You want to slow the pass rush down? Run a guy like Mendenhall at teams and see how hesitant they are to get in the backfield.

    Brady has never had a lights out RB. Dillon was the closest.
     
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    I think SD taking Matthews that high will scare off more people from the 1st rd RB....No LT or AP to bring the spotlight.
     
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    BJGE and Woodhead are a good start for next season and Taylor,and Faulk should gracefully retire, Morris can hang around on the emergengy phone list.
    As far as additions I would pursue Ricky Williams who is an URFA in Miami. He has come out to the press that he wants to leave Miami and play for a winning franchise.We may get him for a reasonable price with our chances to succed in the last couple of years he has in his career. Also with all the time off he has had in his career due to retirement, suspensions, and injury ( totaling nearly three years) he has a lot less ware and tear than any RB of his age. Also to round out the RB squad thinking of the future i would draft an every down power back in the fourth round.(Bilal Powell)
     
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    It Is What It Is -- Patriots by Position: Running Back -- Christopher Price

     
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    BB should correct his mistake from 5 years ago and bring in DeAngelo Williams.
     
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    I wholeheartedly agree with that assessment.
     
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    Assuming the CBA gets worked out the only question here is whether Faulk WANTS to attempt a comeback. I can't imagine there's going to be a bidding war for a 12 year vet coming off of an ACL repair.

    So if he wants to come back he signs a "show me" contract and then gets a chance to win a roster spot.

    Belichick will keep the best guys and cut the rest. Faulk understands this - and that we don't need to trim the roster in February!
     
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    I agree; there's no real downside to signing him to a contract with a minimal signing bonus. From there the team has until the final cuts a week before the season starts to make a decision.



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    Position Snapshot: Running Back | Patriots.com | 1/27/11 | Erik Scalavino





    Read more at: Position Snapshot: Running Back
     
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    Absolutely agree with u

    1. Bring in a FA that will b well worth the money
    2. He's been in a system where he's not expected to carry he ball 300 times
    3. When Brady audibles and comes out of center, d Williams can slide over (bigger version of Faulk) who can block, catch and run draws
    4. A strong running game helps out
    a. A young defense stay off the field
    b. When defenses key on Brady, Williams can take the pressure off
    5. Loves the game of football, brings vet leadership, and he wants to win
     
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    Jeff Howe looks at over a dozen free agent running backs:

    Pierre Thomas Would Be a Nice Fit Alongside BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead in Patriots' Backfield - New England Patriots - NESN.com - Jeff Howe

    Read what Howe has to say on the rest of the free agent running backs here
     
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    It Is What It Is -- Potential Patriots: Pierre Thomas -- Christopher Price -- WEEI.com

    Read the full column at Potential Patriots: Pierre Thomas
     
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    Patriots Running Back Options

    Hey guys, just wanted to hear everybody's opinion on the Patriots RB situation. For years, the Pats have run a committee backfield, I was one of the many fans begging for "the guy". Last year, the Pats got away from a multi-back system based on injury and found an answer in Ben Jarvis Green Ellis and Danny Woodhead. These two did a great job on the year but are they the answer? What do YOU want the Patriots to do this off - season? Draft Mark Ingram high? Maybe take a guy such as Demarco Murray later? There are some veteran FA's available like Pierre Thomas, DeAngelo Williams, Ahmad Bradshaw (assuming they do not resign). In my opinion, the Patriots could go one of two ways. Yes Green - Ellis / Woodhead did great job last year but they are not the long term answer. I could see the Pats drafting a guy like Ingram early to be the lone RB (after all Saban is a pipeline) or adding a guy such as Demarco Murray, Jordan Todman, or another RB in a later round to add to the committee. Just trying to gage your thoughts, so let me know what you think!
     
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