Pats bringing in some old blood at the RB position?
Dorian “The Trashman” Colbert, RosterWatch.com
In a possible effort to inject some age into the roster, The Patriots tried out free agent running backs Ryan Grant, Joseph Addai, and Tim Hightower on Friday. New England has had success in the past milking the last good yards out of the likes of Kevin Faulk and Sammie Morris, so it doesn’t come as quite a surprise that the team would entertain the thought of adding one of these players. All are arguably past their primes, and all have been banged up at some point last season. I would think Hightower stands the best chance of actually being productive if his ACL injury has healed well enough, as he’s still only 25 and can catch passes out of the backfield. Grant and Addai are 29, and are considered old men in the sport, though both have been reliable on their respective past teams. Belichick values that kind of reliablity, and would probably see either of these guys as steady hands to his stable of young runners in Ridley, Vereen, and Woodhead. In all honesty, this whole thing just clouds the already murky running back situation that embodies the Patriots. I’m sure the coaching staff wouldn’t want it any other way. I’d avoid any Pats running back right now outside of dynasty leagues, until we get some idea of who will be carrying the load, which may just be wishful thinking.
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