The New England Patriots’ backfield has been a major talking point at training camp, and understandably so given that we don’t even know who the starter’s going to be.
Of course, Damien Harris is the prohibitive favorite to win the job after his breakout year last season. Bill Belichick even hinted at that during a recent media session.
However, how will the running back pecking order fill out behind Harris? Could Sony Michel potentially end up earning a split-share of the workload?
What about Rhamondre Stevenson possibly ascending up the pecking order after he was injured to start training camp?
We wouldn’t rule out any scenario. Having said that, though, Stevenson is clearly motivated to make the most of his opportunities given that he’s behind the eight ball.
Why do we say that? Because the Oklahoma product unleashed a truck stick for the ages at Tuesday’s practice, barreling over Myles Bryant on a thunderous run.
Patriots fans are loving Rhamondre Stevenson’s monster truck stick.
Now THAT’s how you welcome the return of padded practices. My goodness.
Let this serve as a warning for NFL defenses. If you meet Stevenson in the open field, brace for impact, because the former Sooner is going to want to run defenders over. Unfortunately for Bryant, he learned the hard way to never stand up a physical running back.
It Stevenson rips off more runs like this, he’ll give Belichick and Josh McDaniels with no other choice but to feature him early and often as a rookie. Additionally, if the 23-year-old keeps performing at camp, all of a sudden Michel’s presence becomes very redundant … but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.
Anyway, doesn’t it feel like Stevenson and the Patriots are the perfect fit? When he was drafted, he immediately drew comparisons to former bruising back LeGarrett Blount, whose 6-foot, 247-pound frame helped unleash the Patriots’ dominant rushing attack. Now you know why.
Long viewed as a player who could become a goal-line and short-yardage specialist for the Patriots in Year 1, Stevenson could force himself into seeing work on early downs.
It sure was. You should see the video!
In all seriousness, this is exactly what we wanted to see from Stevenson after he was placed on the active/non-football injury list to start camp.
Though longtime RBs coach Ivan Fears admitted the fourth-rounder has a lot to learn, fans are starting to see glimpses of the player Stevenson can be once he puts everything together.