BenJarvus Green-Ellis, 2010
The New England Patriots signed BenJarvus Green Ellis as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2008. Green-Ellis is remembered for many reasons, but the main one being that he never fumbled the football during his four years while playing for the Patriots.
In 2010, Green-Ellis carried the ball 229 times, averaging 4.4 yards per carry for 1,008 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns. He became the first Patriots running back to reach the 1,000-yard plateau since Corey Dillion did it in 2004.
In 2011, Green-Ellis and the Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI before he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals the following year.
Green-Ellis finished his Patriots career with 510 carries for 2,064 yards and scored 29 touchdowns, which is good for the eighth-most in franchise history.
Corey Dillon, 2004
Corey Dillon was one of the best running backs in the NFL throughout the duration of his 10-year career. Dillon — who started his career with the Cincinnati Bengals — rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons in the NFL.
Dillon joined the New England Patriots as the Bengals’ all-time leading rusher and set a Patriots franchise record during his first season with the team in 2004 by rushing for 1,635 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns.
The rushing attack from Dillion in his first season with the team propelled the Patriots to win Super Bowl XXXIX against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dillon was productive in his three years with the Patriots, even as he was nearing the end of his career. He carried the ball 753 times for 3,180 yards and scored 37 touchdowns (third all-time in franchise history).
The Patriots released him after the 2006 season, after which he then retired.