Though they overhauled their pass-catching arsenal in the offseason, the New England Patriots were always expected to be a run-heavy offense.
Through five weeks, however, the Patriots rank 28th in the league in rushing yards per game. A lot of factors can be attributed to those struggles. The offensive line, for starters, hasn’t been able to stay healthy.
The RB room has also been a major disappointment. Damien Harris is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry and lost another fumble at the goal line on Sunday. It’s not crazy to think he could be in the doghouse, which is where Rhamondre Stevenson just emerged from after he was a healthy scratch for the previous three games.
James White is done for the year with a hip injury. JJ Taylor hasn’t had the impact fans were hoping for after his promising preseason.
The Patriots are so desperate for production from the position that special teams vet Brandon Bolden has gotten work in the last three games.
With the running back rotation all out of whack, should the Pats inquire about acquiring Marlon Mack from Indianapolis?
Should the Patriots consider a trade for Colts RB Marlon Mack?
We’re definitely not opposed to the idea.
With Jonathan Taylor emerging as a superstar at the position, Mack requested a trade from the Colts last week. We get the idea that Indy would like to do right by Mack, whom they drafted in the fourth round back in 2017, so he could be available at a discount given he’s coming off a devastating Achilles injury.
The Colts have played a dangerous game by giving Mack carries over the last two weeks, seemingly trying to show teams that he’s fully recovered from the injury. However, it might end up working out for them, as Mack looked like the punishing runner fans grew accustomed to watching on Sundays before the injury.
In Monday night’s overtime loss to Baltimore, Mack took five carries for 42 yards, giving him 85 yards over 20 carries (4.3 YPC) for the season.
With White done for the season, Harris underperforming and battling a chest injury, Stevenson struggling to make an impact, and the Pats refusing to take the training wheels off Taylor, Mack could help the running game get back on track.
For as strong as Mac Jones has looked thus far — he’s been the top rookie quarterback by far — New England’s non-existent rushing attack has made his already-strenuous job all the more demanding.
The least the Patriots can do is inquire about Mack’s market. If Indy is willing to settle for a conditional late-round pick, who says no?