With his new physique Ridley won’t just be the hammer when he delivers blows to opposing defenders—he’ll also be the anvil when they try to do the same to him. In fact, many assume/hope the team will add another veteran to the mix at some point this summer. The talented back out of Cal has put together two solid preseason games this year as well and looks to be, at the least, a great third-down option for the Patriots, filling the role of the departed Woodhead.

In Super Bowl LII, the downhill bruiser led all running backs with … The ’78 Patriots were unstoppable on the ground. If you’re the New England Patriots, a little bit of everything.

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Vereen, who missed part of the year due to injuries, carried the ball 62 times for 251 yards and three touchdowns. A rapid-reaction examination of who will and won't suit up for Week 7.

Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Sam “Bam” Cunningham spent his entire NFL career* with the Patriots.

He made the Pro Bowl and helped the ’04 Patriots capture the Lombardi Trophy.

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His skill set resembles that of former Patriot Kevin Faulk (and he wears No. A rapid-reaction examination of who will and won't suit up for Week 7.

He kicked things off in Week 1 of the preseason with a 62-yard run though the Eagles defense, and later pounded in a one-yard TD run. With their legendary size and strength, many people don’t realize that aurochs are not mythical creatures but rather an extinct species—typically depicted as a cross between a modern buffalo and a wooly mammoth.

In their place, the Patriots added the troubled-yet-talented LeGarrette Blount, Pro-Bowl return man Leon Washington and rookie free agent Akeem Shavers. Falcons (2-6)

Martin stands sixth all-time in rushing yards. Join Sportsradio 93.7 WEEI's The Greg Hill Show at 9am, Dale and Keefe from 10-2 and Ordway, Merloni and Fauria until 6pm as they review and preview all the Patriots action all season long. According to NFLDraftScout.com, Shavers ran as low as 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and complemented his speed display with a remarkable 39" vertical leap and 19 reps on the bench press. Everest. 3 best running backs in Arizona Cardinals history. Mike Dussault answers your questions in this week's Patriots Unfiltered mailbag.

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He led the AFC in rushing yards (1,487) and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground. With more involvement in New England’s offense and his blossoming all-around skill set, look for Vereen to play a critical role in the Patriots’ success in 2013. LeGarrette Blount re-signed after finishing a somewhat disappointing 2015 season on IR.

The ’78 Patriots actually held the NFL record for team rushing yards (3,165) in a season, until last year when the Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram-led 2019 Baltimore Ravens (3,296 yards) eclipsed that total. Overall, he collected 431 receptions for 3,701 yards and 15 touchdowns during his career. Analysis: Sustainable investing advocates hope for friendlier U.S. rules if Biden wins, Peru’s Congress to weigh second impeachment trial for Vizcarra, Explainer: U.S. election lingo, from naked ballots to a red mirage, Belarus tells U.N. it has seen no cases of police abuse, UK’s Johnson to face his critics after lockdown U-turn, 5 things Amy Poehler gets real about in ‘Yes Please’, Recap: ‘The Knick,’ Season 1, Episode 10, ‘Crutchfield’, 3 positives to take from Jets’ loss to Patriots, Charles J. Orlando: An open letter to Jameis Winston, The Family Tree: All He Wants for Christmas, Caribbean Life: Queens Edition: October 30, 2020, Compass Agent Nicole Galluccio Ticks Off Brooklyn’s Enduring Attractions, Private schools in Brooklyn red zones permitted to reopen with stricter testing. In addition to special teams work he has ability as a blocker from both the backfield and tight end, where he's worked this spring, but when roster cut-downs come fullbacks are always fighting for a spot. Join Sportsradio 93.7 WEEI's The Greg Hill Show at 9am, Dale and Keefe from 10-2 and Ordway, Merloni and Fauria until 6pm as they review and preview all the Patriots action all season long.

RB, Nick Brossette (rookie), Jakob Johnson (fullback).

In fact, many assume/hope the team will add another veteran to the mix at some point this summer. That’s never stopped us from speculating before though, so why stop now? The following year, Martin registered a career-high 17 total touchdowns (14 rushing, three receiving). Ridley may never climb Everest, but he’s at the summit of New England’s depth chart and for good reason. Get the latest scoop on the Patriots direct from Gillette Stadium and answers to your questions. As a bruising back with little-to-no pass-catching skills and suspect protection abilities, Blount is a dying breed.

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6. In fact, the Patriots had plenty of stud running backs before the Brady era.

New England's traditional committee-style backfield is perhaps the deepest it's been in years. Dion Lewis went from perceived camp body to star in just a couple months last summer.

He added 370 yards and three touchdowns receiving, but he wasn’t on most draft radars and didn’t receive an invitation to the combine. Get the latest official New England Patriots schedule, roster, depth chart, news, interviews, videos, podcasts and more on Patriots.com. Now that we gave White and Dillon their proper due, here is the list of the top-three running backs in Patriots history. Like the Sherpa, Ridley doesn’t lead the Patriots offense—that distinction belongs to Tom Brady—but he carries a hefty load, and his presence in the ground game allows Brady to run the offense with precision and confidence, knowing he has a reliable beast of burden to fall back on when times get tough.

He amassed 3,607 yards and 16 rushing scores.

It can't be ruled out that Foster could steal a roster spot, but a slot on the practice squad seems more likely. White and Burkhead continue to prove to be versatile, reliable complements, while Develin had maybe the best season of his career a year ago and should have been voted to his second straight Pro Bowl. No running back has played in more Super Bowls in the last decade than Blount.

Faulk won three championships with the Patriots and appeared in five Super Bowls.

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He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2016.

Whether by ground or by air, Vereen has proven he can deliver. Teams are starting to separate and there should be plenty of sellers at the trade deadline. Foster is a versatile playmaker who was both a running back and receiver in college. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Ridley added significant muscle to his frame.

All-time Rushing Leader: Sam Cunningham 1,385 att, 5,453 yds, 43 TD . 5.

As long as he doesn’t lose too much of his trademark explosiveness, New England’s Sherpa will leave defenses gasping for air on his way to the top. Last year against the Ravens in the AFC Championship game, he lost a crucial fumble late in the contest.

Both players were cut for a short time this offseason.

Halgor Hagen played all positions on the offensive line. New England went on to win the AFC title, before falling to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXIl. Jaguars (1-6)

Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City, Shane Vereen was dynamite against the Texans in last season’s AFC Divisional Round. James White, the Patriots’ current pass-catching specialist, produced a legendary outing in Super Bowl LI.

He's added a noticeable amount of muscle. Ellis Johnson also played some at wide receiver, Bobby Leo also played some at wide receiver, Bo Robinson also played some at tight end, Gino Cappelletti was also the starting kicker from 1960-1970, and played defensive back in 1960, Barry Brown also played some at linebacker, Al Chandler spent parts of the 1978 and 1979 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Bill Dawson also played some at defensive end, Ken Herock also played some at linebacker, Thomas Stephens also played some at defensive back, Jim Boudreaux also played some at defensive tackle, Bobby Cross also played some at defensive tackle, Jerry DeLucca also played some at defensive tackle, David Douglas played some at all offensive line positions, Milt Graham also played some at defensive tackle, Don Oakes also played some matches at defensive tackle, Paul Fairchild also played some at center.

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The 2-4 Patriots will try to right their season against the divisional rivals in Buffalo. Commercial reproduction, distribution or transmission of any part or parts of this website or any information contained therein by any means whatsoever without the prior written permission of the Club is not permitted. What does New England need to do to get the win and even their record?

His shortcomings in blitz pickup make him something of a liability on passing downs, but in New England’s wide-open offense, he should face enough five- and six-man fronts to grind out the occasional highlight-reel rumble. Get the latest scoop on the Patriots direct from Gillette Stadium and answers to your questions.

Brandon Bolden's versatility, special teams role and team-first work ethic have made him a favorite of the coaches and a virtual veteran lock. While playing at California, Vereen was the change-of-pace back and primary backup to Jahvid Best, so the role is one he’s comfortable with. Locks: Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden, Bubble: LeGarrette Blount, Donald Brown, James Develin, Long shots: D.J. So who are the best running backs in New England’s history? I’ve broken down the Patriots depth chart according to what sort of role each running back will play and how heavy a load each of them will carry. Take a break with Fred, Paul, Megan, Mike and Erik as they bring you Patriots.com's flagship radio show. The veteran free-agent addition Donald Brown did a lot of work with the passing backs this spring, but the former first-round pick will likely have to open eyes both as a runner and receiver to win a roster spot. The Pats boast one of the deeper running games in the NFL this season, anchored by 2011 draft picks Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.