Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by MoLewisrocks, Aug 5, 2009.
Didn't see this posted here...
Maroney not compelled to prove he's no phony - AFC East - ESPN
He seems like a good kid who's starting to get a little sour about all this and just needs to get out on the field.
With camp reports here saying he's more fluid catching passes and his blocking is good, he's positioned himself to produce given the oportunity.
The Patriots weren't optimizing their use of this kid over the past 2 seasons. It's tough to get more fluid making catches if the team doesn't throw you the ball. The kid had 22 catches as a rookie, and has only 4 since. I understand the likely logic involved, but sometimes you've got to take a short-term loss for long-term gain, and I think the Patriots have ignored that a bit in recent years.
No doubt about it, Maroney looks better in every aspect. Obviously been a good off-season. This RB group is so deep it's ridiculous.
More on Maroney: Maroney doesn't feel he has anything to prove by Shalise Manza Young of the Providence Journal
Maroney trying to shake 'fragile' label by Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle
Laurence Maroney backs 'mate by Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald
Maroney says he must simply play his game by Glen Farley of the Brockton Enterprise
I think the problem emanated from them having an idea/plan in mind when they drafted him but then finding they were unable to take it from concept to reality. He's been a bit of a square peg in a round hole ever since. If he can stay healthy for the first few weeks of this season while the offense establishes itself with Brady back this might be the year the round hold becomes so big even a square peg can fairly dart through it. He wasn't born to push the pile or run interference for qbs and wideouts. He's a thoroughbred, not a plow horse. And I can't blame him entirely for being reluctant to just do it there way because come contract time they aren't gonna vouch for his natural talent if he's coming off IR again.
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