The Patriots' Possible 1,000-Yard Rusher


My latest article for NFL.com’s Blog Blitz has been posted and in it I discuss how the Patriots’ could have their first 1,000-yard rusher since Corey Dillon did it in 2004. Yesterday, I discussed how Danny Woodhead could reach 1,000 yards from scrimmage, but a 1,000-yard rusher, I feel, is more significant. Here is an excerpt from the article:

If someone said to you before the season that the New England Patriots could have a 1,000-yard rusher, you probably would have thought that they were insane. The Patriots had a stable of running backs that would be splitting carries. Upon further thought, you may have said, “Maybe Laurence Maroney will finally put it together this year,” or “Fred Taylor may have one more 1,000-yard season in him.” However, Maroney was traded to Denver and has done diddly-squat (36 carries, 74 yards) and Taylor was injured early in the season and has seen limited carries since his return. Instead, a player who wasn’t even a lock to make the roster after training camp is 176 yards away from a 1,000-yard season. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, or “The Law Firm” as he is known throughout New England for his multiple names, has turned his preseason prowess into regular-season production.

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