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  1. castlelong1

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    It isn't as obvious as you think. Before you just say, "Maroney," think about it. Besides injuries, there is the "We are leading send Ekel/Evans in and keep running it" factor.

    The leading Rusher could be Eckel/Evans/ or whomever they pick up as as a 4th/5th RB getting boku yards in junk time.
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    You assume there will be "junk time"...I don't think this team will take its foot off the gas at any point this year any more than they did last year. The only ? for me is will it be Morris or Maroney, if both are healthy and split time.
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    Why are Eckel and Evans in the conversation.

    Maroney with the only doubt being injuries but as he's no more likely to get hurt than Morris, it's Maroney. E/E ? Forget about it.
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    I believe it will be a 2 headed monster during the season until December, with 39 getting about 65% of the carries. Then, in the playoffs he will be the bell cow.

    Season stats:

    Maroney- 1000+ yds.
    Morris- 600+ yds.

    This team will still be a dominant passing team, but the run/pass % will be much higher and this team will be a strong running team. The ball control will only make the D that much better.
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    Would you like to make a wager?

    Sammy Morris should be second. Evans might be third (or faulk). Eckel might be unemployed.
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    Frankly, I'd prefer this team to rush more and rely on the pass a little less this year. Losing Morris changed the dynamic of the offense once he went down. Run more!!
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    Can I hijack this thread?

    Which RB will have the most receiving yards? Has to be Maroney or Faulk, right? But which one?
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    But... Didn't they win all the games but one and break scoring records? Isn't that the point of the offense? My wishes for the offense are simply to score more points than the defense gives up, whether they run or pass. I always hear the "run to set up the pass" talk, but really I want the offense to be as close as possible to what it was last year. Why not?
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    Neither Evans or Eckel are talented runners.... They are decent at best, and unless Maroney Faulk and Morris are hurt, they won't be getting the bulk of any carries. That would be bad for us!

    How do you know we will be "leading" all the time. How long you been a fan, couple years?
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    I think Maroney turned a corner at the end of last season. He was hitting the hole more decisively and with more explosion and it paid off with over 100 yard performances in 4 of his last six games. Maroney will lead the team in rushing barring injuries next season.

    He has the potential of rivalling Corey Dillon's performance in 2004 if he can stay healthy since everyone will be out to stop Brady, Moss, and Welker and rarely put 8 in the box (maybe not even 7 in the box a lot).
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    Unless he gets injured Maroney is the 1-5 favorite in this race.
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    I think this will be Maroney's breakout yr. He is going to be a beast. He has been healthy all offseason and not rehabing any injury. He showed us a glimpse of what is capable of down the stretch last season and I believe he will be more of a focal point on offense this season. He will lead the team in rushing with 1400+ yds, and he will also lead the RB's in receiving as well both in catches and yds. He is healthy, he has a better grasp of the offense and blocking scheme and he is mentally prepared better than he has been his first 2 yrs. Look out for LoMo this yr!!
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    I agree. Maroney will be the Beast and Sammy Morris is coming back. Faulk still has it in him. I do like Evans but only in situational plays and the he's pretty good.

    I hope they do more screen passes this year. I really felt that Tom got away from it last year. He's magic with those screen passes and time management.
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    I agree, I see him being used in the screen play quite a bit. It was productive at times last year. Also, it will be a threat causing teams to be careful of constantly blitzing.
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    Nice read on Evans today from Reiss in his football notes:
    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/articles/2008/06/15/a_colossus_among_giants/?page=3

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    Here's a question... when do you think Laurence Maroney will become the Patriots all-time leading rusher? It's really not THAT far off. Sam Cunningham is the franchise leader with 5,453 yards, and Maroney has 1,580, making him 3,873 yards behind. That's 3 very good seasons (avg. of 1,291 per year), making it plausible that it happens in 2010 barring injury.
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    It's scary that Cunningham still holds the franchise record. That just shows you how unlucky we have been with RBs. Even when we draft a HOFer, we screw it up (thank you Bobby Grier for not resigning Curtis Martin when you had a chance and then bragged how cheap he was playing for the team his final year with the Patriots to piss him off).
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    Remember last year? Despite what turds said every drive, except Miami, where the Patriots lead by 3 scores in the 4th Qtr. is lead by Cassel. When they went for it on fourth down in FG range the RB was Eckel. When the Redskins stopped playing defense, it was Eckel and Cassel ripping them to shreds.

    Don't believe the turds. When up by 3 scores in the 4th qtr*., Belichick does play starters.

    *If a drive started in the 3rd quarter, he does not change QBs. Against Miami Cassel went in and immediately threw an interception and Brady went back in.
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