Season In Review: New England Patriots Running Backs, Green-Ellis and Woodhead

January 23, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This season has been one of the better New England Patriots seasons for the running backs. For about the last four years from 2006-09, the running backs haven't been a strong factor in games, if a factor at all.
This season primarily featured two young backs, BenJarvus Green Ellis and Danny Woodhead.  Green-Ellis was downhill, Woodhead was versatile. They were a great tandem, especially for their first season as featured players.
Green-Ellis was given the starting job with the trade of Maroney, the injury of Taylor and the transition to fullback for Morris. The team has never had that player it could just give the ball to and have pick up four yards it needs. 
Green-Ellis provided that service. He was not flashy, just productive. One thing he brought was consistency, and positive yards. His numbers were no fluke. He played to his max game in and game out.
Woodhead was signed right before the Week 2 match up because the Patriots had an extra roster spot. Wh...

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