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Is the Patriots spread going dead?

Posted by Albert Breer  May 29, 2010 02:22 PM

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If the Patriots revert to becoming more of a traditional offensive team in 2010, they'll need to find a more traditional tailback. Drafting Ryan Mathews, as we mentioned back in April, would've addressed that problem, but the Fresno State product obviously wound up far out of reach on draft day.

It's also easy to forget that Laurence Maroney showed some promising signs before contracting a case of the dropsies, although after four disappointing years, it'd be awfully tough to count on him as a bellcow now. Hard too to rely on thirty-somethings Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor, with their respective injury histories.

And then there's the question of how changing the offense would affect players like Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, receivers that seem born to play in the open spaces the spread creates, or even a lineman like Sebastian Vollmer, who has played in the spread for almost all of his football life.

Lots of moving parts here, and thanks to that little talk between Graham and Dilfer, the face/identity of this evolving offense is something I'll most certainly be keeping an eye on as we get to OTAs and minicamp and into training camp.
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