What the New England Patriots offense will look like in 2020
The New England Patriots have a great amount of depth at this position — and they haven’t had to even think about their running back rotation in recent years. The running back committee includes a versatile group of James White, Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, Damien Harris, and Brandon Bolden.
The Patriots have a knack for utilizing their running backs to their full potential, whether it’s on the ground or through the air, and it has since added another key element to the offense that sets everything up for success.
In doing so, James White has the most receiving yards (2,809) and receiving touchdowns (24) in the NFL for a running back since he entered the league in 2014.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Pats drafted Harris in the third round in 2019. It’s still a surprise seeing as Harris was used in a limited capacity and only saw the field in two games against the New York Jets last season.
Harris is fast, strong, and in my opinion, the perfect blend of both White and Michel. After using a third round draft choice on Harris, he needs to be utilized more in 2020.
The Patriots running attack took a negative hit last year due to a series of unfortunate events that occurred to the offensive line and the team’s lead blocking fullback, James Develin — who has recently announced his retirement from the NFL after eight years with the Patriots.
The Pats have since signed Danny Vitale to help fill the void left by Develin, as well as keeping Jakob Johnson to play with after signing him through the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program.
With an upgraded offensive line and added depth to the position, the running attack for the New England Patriots should be strong and solid in 2020.