Monday, September 23, 2013

Patriots find effective balance at running back


The New England Patriots are without their most elusive running back in Shane Vereen, so in turn, they've established a true running back by committee mix at the position.

It was in full effect Sunday.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley each were on the field for 26 offensive snaps, while LeGarrette Blount saw 21 snaps. New England went on to rush for 156 yards and got another 57 through the air from the tailbacks.

". . . honestly, we don’t even care about [who gets more work] and I can speak for [LeGarrette Blount] and [Stevan] Ridley about this. We don’t care about that – they call our name, they call our name. If they don’t, they don’t," Bolden said. "We’re going to encourage that guy who does go in and makes the best effort he can and I think today you got the best from all three."

Bolden carried the ball just three time in his 26 appearances, but he did catch five passes. Blount saw the most carries -- 14, while Ridley had 11 rushes.

"That’s three different looks that the defense has to deal with," Bolden said. "That’s in the running game and, also in the passing game, because all three of us can stay in there on third down and do blitz pickup and all three of us can take it on first and second down, so that kind of gives the defense something else they really have to think about with all three of us."

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