It’s decision making time for the Patriots. Among the most important decisions they’ll make is whether or not to keep running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
BJGE didn’t have a ton of yards last year, with only 667 rushing yards in 181 attempts, for an average of only 3.7 yards per carry. He did, however, score 11 touchdowns. That led the Patriots, and was 10th in the NFL.
More importantly, he has never fumbled the ball. Ever. With over 500 NFL touches, he hasn’t fumbled the ball a single time.
His value isn’t in his explosiveness or his ability to pick up yards in bunches. Clearly, he’s a guy with a nose for the end zone and an ability to protect the football.
Unfortunately for him, the Patriots are juggling quite a few different backs, including Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead, Kevin Faulk and Shane Vereen.
If another team is interested enough, they could spend the Patriots out of the market. They’ve never made a habit out of spending a lot of money on running backs, especially not someone with as many limitations as BJGE.
Should the Patriots keep him? Or should they let him walk? It looks like Stevan Ridley might be able to take over as the Patriots’ featured back, so BJGE’s value might not be enough to make it worth the money. Either way, we’ll keep you posted on any moves the Patriots make.