Since 2000, the Patriots have averaged 461 rushes/yr as an offense with 395 in 2002 and 524 in 2004 being the high/lows for the period. With Kool-Aid, Morris, Evans and Faulk as the primary backfield participants, I'm interested in getting the thoughts from the great minds of patsfans.com as to how the coaching staff will divide the carries this year. I think with this offense (most likely being of the pass-first variety), we might see something around the same number off carries. However, if the D does it's job of giving the O more chances with the football (and the lead), we might see a more "pass to get ahead and run to keep the lead" brand of football and the carries might go slightly north of the teams ave. during the BB era. Maroney I believe that the team's goal will to have Maroney ave. around 16carries/game. At 16 carries, that will give him around 256 for the year. As a point of reference in 2004, Dillon averaged 23 carries a game and had a total of 345 carries in a total of 15 games played. If Kool-Aid averages 4.0 a carry, that will translate into 1024 yards. My gut tells me this might happen. I keep going back to the numbers Ricky Watters put up and with the 49ers and with the exception of one year, Roger Craig (had 1500 yds in 1988) consistiently put up, they both averaged about 900-1100 yds a season and 200+ carries a year. He should get about 3-4 balls thrown to him a game, which should protect him from the pounding he would otherwise get running the ball. Morris Over his career, Morris has averaged about 53 carries a year and has a lifetime average of 3.9 ypc. IMO, the carries will go up to about 8 a game and 128 or so this year. Faulk Faulk has averaged 79 carries a year, but 2000 and 2003 have skewed that number to be much higher than IMO what he will have in 2007. I think we're looking at more around 35 carries this year which is around 2 a game. Keep in mind, Faulk is more effective the less he gets the ball. Evans Evans had 27 carries last year. I think this number might also go up as Evans has improved not only as a blocker, but as a runner. I predict he will also be around 4 carries a game this year with 64 total. My total comes to 483 runs w/ the appropriate dispursement of carries. Thoughts?