Patriots Running Backs Preview: Ridley-Vereen Battle For Carries Should Make For Improved Unit

July 23, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Running Backs Preview: Ridley-Vereen Battle For Carries Should Make For Improved Unit
" With Patriots training camp set to open on July 26, CBSBostonSports will break down the outlook for every position on the roster. Today’s breakdown is on the running backs.

Position: Running Back Major Players: Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen On The Bubble: Joseph Addai, Spencer Larsen, Tony Fiammetta, Eric Kettani

Outlook

For the first time since the 1990s, the backfield won’t include Kevin Faulk. It’ll be a strange adjustment for many fans, but the team has a fresh stable of backs ready to play a role in the offense.

Leading that group will be second-year player Stevan Ridley. He showed a lot last year, when he rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders early in the year and when he averaged 5.4 yards per carry in the final three weeks of the season. That progress, though, was cut short quickly due to a Week 17 fumble and another fumble in the team’s playoff win over the Broncos, as he would touch the football zero times after that Broncos game.

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There shouldn’t be too much concern over the fumbles, though "

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