Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
posted at 2/20/2012 7:15 PM EST
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** : Mankins had a horrible game.
I wonder if he aggravated that strained ACL. I also agree with your observations that it seems our OL isn't as solid in run blocking as they are in pass blocking. OLs typically love to run block so I think it is a matter of emphasis, protecting Brady vs. opening holes for the RBs. We haven't had an elite back since Corey Dillon and he was elite just the first of his 3 years as a Patriot. Dillon
was only elite as a runner. He didn't do much in the passing game. Foster
does both, that's why I keep bringing him up. If we could get Foster at the price of just pick 31, we'd be getting a guy who is just 25 and still has a ton left in the tank. We got Dillon when he was 29, he turned 30 in Oct of his first season with us in 2004. We gave up a 2nd round pick, #56 overall for Dillon. To get Foster for pick 31 would seem like a bargain, but I doubt we'd do it.
Posted by Faucetman[/QUOTE]
Mankins had a poor year.
When the Pats got Dillon he had ripped off 6 consecutive 1000+ yard seasons prior ro having a down year. He had missed 4 games total in 7 seasons. All while playing for the dregs of the league. HE was the offensive weapon. Go look up the Bengals history or great players(offensive weapons) during his time. Blake and pickens at the end of their usefulness?
Fosters been in the league 3 seasons. Not played in 13 games. More than three times as many missed in less than half the time. He's also playing in an offense that features one of if not the premiere deep threat WR in the NFL currently. Now maybe he will ultimately qualify for mentioning in the same breath as Dillon or even surpass him but not yet.
Heck Ben Tate on the same team just rushed for almost 1000 yards(942) and a 5.4yard avg maybe he is elite too? or just maybe that scheme, offensive line, play calling, passing game, and commitment to the run have just a lil bit to do with Fosters success?
Foster and Tate just combined for 453 rushing attempts.
BJGE, Woodhead, and Ridley combined for only 345 rushing attempts
So just two backs for Houston had more rushing attempts than three of the Patriots combined.
So while BJGE may not be elite and Foster not elite yet the Patriots running game is Not a result of RB talent inadequacies, IMO. How, when, and how often they are used, are.