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    Not to sound like a homer but can anyone name a team with more talent at RB?

    Ridley (23yrs old) - 4th in NFL in rushing
    Bolden (22yrs old) - 206yds, 5.6ypc
    Vereen (23yrs old) - 1st career TD today and showed well in opportunities.
    Woodhead (27yrs old)- Excellent 3rd down back and situational runner.
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    Off the top of my head i think you could make arguments for

    New Orleans
    Carolina
    Vikings
    Kansas City
    New York Giants
    Buffalo
    San Fransisco
    Houston Texans
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    I'll take Foster and Tate over all 4 of those guys seven days a week

    ......and I do Love watching Ridley,so that's saying something.....

    Let's not even include Vereen as anything special yet
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    Pretty much what he said. Tate would be a starter on most teams. Arian Foster is as lethal as an RB could get. Currently though, our RB corps is fantastic and adds depth to our high-powered offense. So excited that we actually have a legit running game. Been missing that ever since the dynasty era when we had Corey.
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    Even if all of these teams have more/better RB talent, that still puts us in the top 10. With this passing offense added to the mix, things get downright nasty for opposing teams. It was fun to watch at the game today!
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    I would rather have Tate and Foster than all of of those guys
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    I'll remain a homer and take our 4 over Foster and Tate. Also over the 400 trillion dollars that Foster costs.
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    Should we start casting Ridley's bust for Canton? ;)
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    In past years, sure. Right now, it's pretty heavily the Pats' favor, though:
    Ridley: 4.8 YPC
    Bolden: 5.6

    Tate: 3.9
    Foster: 3.7
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    I'm not sure I would take Tate and foster, I'll wait a couple of weeks to see how it all plays out
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    Clear or Ahead
    Houston
    San Francisco

    Comparable
    Carolina (pre Cam Newton I'm a TD whore days)
    Kansas City
    Buffalo
    New York Giants

    The Pats running game has been a welcome and pleasant surprise in 2012. I am hopeful the young backs keep this form.
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    Pats are what you call a quality middle tier running team....to call them elite at this stage is going way overboard

    I think Ridley has a decent chance of being a top 10 rb in this league. He reminds me of a blend of Ricky Watters and MJD. We'll have to wait and see if durability is an issue. But after Ridley there is a HUGE dropoff

    Bolden is a bit of a wildcard---it's hard to figure out if he's really good or he just has insanely awesome blocking in front of him on his runs---his running style doesn't really impress me.

    Woodhead experiment should be over IMO

    Vereen...cmon
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    umm..they are a top tier running team right now...not middle...
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    The Patriots are currently ranked 3rd in the NFL averaging 165 yards per game. Top 3-5 is close to, if not considered elite.

    And for the record, your intimation toward Woodhead makes no sense whatsoever given his sterling performances picking up key first downs the past two weeks.
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    Woodhead had some keys runs today. If you get rid of him who do you replace him with? I think he stays.
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    Ridley is good, but not great yet. If he gets 100 yards at Seattle (2nd in run defense), THEN I'll call him great.
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    The Pats have 27 runs of 10+ yards by their RBs right now. I'm pretty sure that leads the league. In the 13 games Pro Football Reference has charted from last season, the Pats had a total of 34. The Packers through 5 games have two.
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    great is measured in seasons...unfortunately in the sound byte generation, everything needs to be immediate..if he rushes for 50 yards next week he'll be called a bust, yet if he goes on to five consecutive 1000 seasons he'll prove to be a great Patriot running back...and there will still be fans who think he saucks because he had a below average game here and there.
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    Anyone that says they would rather have Tate and Foster over our 4 guys is on Bath salts . Arian Foster has been great the last 4 or 5 years. Tate is WAY overrated by you guys. Our guys have youth and many less carries. The life of a running back in the NFL is roughly equal that of a doughnut in Rosie O'donnells line of sight.
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    And combined, the four of them have a cap hit under $3M (Woodhead's is the highest at $900K).
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    That is a really good RB stable.



    Hopefully when Jeff Demps comes back next year he doesn't take Woodhead's or Vereens spot.


    I think Demps will get most of his touches as a Returner and maybe even WR.
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    I have high hopes that the Patriots are going to turn Demps into a Devin Hester ST weapon with the occasional RB/WR combo split. If Demps comes on in 2013, that's a racehorse stud farm of RB's for the Patriots.
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    Yup. His specialty will be Returning, but we'll find ways to get him the ball on offense too.
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    Pretty sure it was his 2nd! Didn't he score against KC last year?
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    The banter about who is #1 or #3 to 5 does not make much sense...

    What does is that this is the best group of running backs that I can remember and very complimentary to the passing offense..

    Offensive balance is a very good thing..
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    The talent isn't "unmatched." The talent is just different than a team like the 2010 Pats with Maroney, Faulk, Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris and BJGE. 2012 is younger and more decisive.

    It's the timing and choice of running plays and the blocking. The Broncos and the Bills came out in Nickel and Dime packages to stop Brady, and they did a nice job of covering the receivers in many instances. The Pats countered with one back sets that made it possible to see what was on the field and go at the weakness, plus go no huddle to keep attacking that weakness.

    The Patriots have backs that don't dance around - they hit the gaps hard and know how to get in behind their blockers.
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    What's the cost per yard for our backs vs Foster?
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    the question that is on my lips now.

    PAts are riding Ridley pretty hard now.

    over 100 touches.

    Will Bill allow him to be a 300 touch RB this season?
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