The New England Patriots used to be an established ground-and-pound running football team. Here are the last 10 1,000-yard rushers in team history.
The New England Patriots had the luxury of watching Tom Brady evolve into the greatest quarterback of all time throughout the last 20 years.
Due in part to Brady being so elite, the Patriots have never been recognized as being an established running team.
Dating all the way back to the mid 70s, New England has had some bruising runners throughout their franchise’s history to run behind John Hannah, who became one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history with the Patriots.
Although in more recent years, we have seen New England fade away from the traditional running back position in favor of their runner being utilized more as a receiver out of the backfield. These great receiving backs have made Super Bowl-winning contributions through the air for the Pats.
Kevin Faulk, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Dion Lewis, and James White all have made their impact on the Patriots through the air as being confident enough options that Brady could throw to over the years.
It’s worth mentioning that this list is a little dated, as there haven’t been many 1,000-yard rushers in recent New England Patriots history.