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Maroney looks to up Madden rating

Posted by Albert Breer  August 24, 2010 05:36 PM

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Maroney's status has been a little bit of a hot topic through camp and, even as Bill Belichick has explained that he was giving the four traditional tailbacks (with jack-of-all-trades Kevin Faulk not included in this equation) a half apiece against New Orleans and Atlanta, there were questions about his deployment in the Saints game.

No matter how you look at it, going into the final season of his rookie deal, Maroney has plenty of questions to answer. He knows it, too.

"Oh yeah," Maroney said. "We got a lot of critics out there still, a lot of naysayers, a lot of doubters. 'This has got to be Maroney's best year.' I got a lot critics out there still, and I laugh at it. In the end, I just go out there to work hard and prove to everybody why they took me in the first round."

And even if others have lost faith, Maroney still thinks he can run like the guy in that video above.

"I know how good I am, what type of player I am and how much help I can bring to the team," he said. "It's just going out there and getting the coaches to believe the same thing, and proving it to them on an every day basis, being consistent."

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