This offseason has been great for the Pats, as they have upgraded their secondary tremendously, and added solid talent to Tom Brady‘s receiving corps. However the backfield has not been improved. In fact, they have taken a step back. Not only did New England lose LeGarrette Blount, but they lost out on signing Maurice Jones-Drew as well.
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Signing a running back is not the biggest priority for the Patriots, but it is certainly up there. In my opinion, losing Blount to Pittsburgh was a big blow for the Pats, mainly because it leaves them incredibly thin in the backfield. Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley form a good starting duo, but I don’t trust Brandon Bolden to back them up. Signing MJD would have instantly made New England’s backfield one of the best in the league, but more importantly, it would take a lot of pressure off of Brady.
In his eight year career, Jones-Drew has amassed 8,071 yards, and 68 touchdowns.