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|0 - Jamey Eisenberg||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Current Player Ranking: 118|
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Patriots running game does nothing win over Baltimore
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(1/10/15) Patriots running backs Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount were unable to get going in New England's 35-31 win over the Ravens Saturday.
Between the three, they total seven carries for 14 yards. Quarterback Tom Brady had the only rushing touchdown for the Patriots.
New England did not give a handoff to a running back in the second half.
Vereen had four catches for 39 yards and Bolden one catch for 11.
Report: Patriots sign RB Bolden, safety Chung to extensions
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(1/9/15) The Patriots have locked up running back Brandon Bolden and starting safety Patrick Chung to contract extensions on Friday, ESPN reports.
Bolden, a core special teams player, signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract extension through 2016. Chung, who returned to New England after spending the 2013 season with the Eagles, signed a three-year extension through 2017. The deal is worth up to $8.2 million and includes $3.4 million in guarantees, according to the report.
Patriots' backfield remains an enigma
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(12/21/14) LeGarrette Blount was out for Week 16 at the Jets with a shoulder injury, which meant surely the Patriots would make Jonas Gray their go-to running back. After all, he had a 200-yard, four-touchdown game earlier this season and finally got out of coach Bill Belichick's doghouse with 11 carries for 62 yards last week.
Gray was the Patriots' only running back to score a touchdown in Week 16, plunging in from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter, but to say he was the go-to back would be disingenuous. He and Shane Vereen tied for the team lead in carries with six, but Brandon Bolden also had five. And Vereen and Bolden were both more productive with their carries, averaging 6.3 yards and 6.4 yards, respectively, than Gray was with his, averaging 0.8 yards.
And then there's the fact that Vereen is far and away the best pass-catcher of the three, but he was hardly involved in the passing game on a quiet day for quarterback Tom Brady.
So basically, you wouldn't have gone right with any of Blount's three replacements, and considering they were all equally involved, you have to wonder how they'll impact Blount's role if he returns Week 17 against Buffalo. Given that it's a tough matchup anyway, you might just want to avoid every Patriots running back.
Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden each chip in for LeGarrette Blount
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(12/21/14) With LeGarrette Blount sidelined with a shoulder injury, Patriots running backs Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden did most of the heavy lifting on the ground against the Jets in Week 16.
Bolden only carried the ball five times for 32 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per attempt. Vereen was more involved, as he rushed for 38 yards on six carries. He also caught one of two targets for 12 yards in a 30-14 victory.
New England will face Buffalo in Week 17.
Patriots running backs continue to confound
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(12/1/14) Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a longstanding tradition of zigging when Fantasy owners expect him to stay in a nice, predictable zag, and he did it again in Week 13 with his running backs.
Shane Vereen still played the majority of the team's snaps Sunday against the Packers, but was largely a nonfactor in the loss. He had just three carries and one reception, and was only targeted twice in the passing game overall.
LeGarrette Blount led the team in rushing for the second week in a row since signing as a free agent, however this time he didn't get the goal-line work. Blount, who scored twice the previous week, ceded a goal-line carry to little-used reserve Brandon Bolden, who scored his first touchdown of the season, while finishing with three carries for 17 yards overall.
Jonas Gray , the star of the team's Week 11 win, was back on the field after failing to touch the ball in Week 12, but had just one carry for 4 yards.
Belichick knows he can wring value out of any back he chooses, which is what makes this situation so perpetually frustrating for Fantasy owners. Any back could get work in any situation any week, but it still looks like Blount and Vereen are going to be the team's top options moving forward. Relying on anyone here on a weekly basis is frustrating, but Blount and Vereen are the only ones that are must-own players down the stretch.
Offseason Extra: Early look at sleepers
Mark Ingram and Jeremy Hill delivered in 2014. Now Jamey Eisenberg tops his early list of 2015 sleepers with Eli Manning and LeGarrette Blount.
|Brandon Bolden has the chance to play a bigger role in 2015 than he did last year now that Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are gone as free agents. The thought is Bolden will open training camp in a usual reserve role and play on special teams, but it's not like there's a ton of talent ahead of him on the depth chart. From a rushing perspective, the Patriots will use LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray as the top options, and Blount is suspended for the season opener. On passing downs, Travaris Cadet and James White are likely the best options, but Bolden can play all roles for New England. He didn't do much in 2014 with 28 carries for 89 yards and two catches for 6 yards, but there's a chance for more playing time this year, which is encouraging. He's not someone to draft in the majority of leagues, but he could emerge as a waiver wire target if he starts off the season playing well.
(Updated 6/19/15) |