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The guessing game continues with Maroney

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  August 27, 2010 01:16 PM

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So what do you think? Three preseason games are down with one to go and Laurence Maroney hasn't carried the ball in the last two preseason games.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't have much to say about last night's performance in general and he was even more vague when asked about Maroney.

Basically, the Patriots didn't run enough plays to get several players in the game, much less Maroney. The Patriots had the ball for 16 minutes, 14 seconds, compared to 43:46 for the Rams.

When you don't have the ball, "we didn't have any plays to run on offense," Belichick said.

Whether Maroney's absence is a sign of his future with the team or a matter of circumstance remains to be seen.

Here are the facts, the Patriots ran the ball 11 times for 28 yards last night. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Sammy Morris split 10 carries. Kevin Faulk picked up the other carry.

Maroney stayed on the sideline along with veteran Fred Taylor.

Throughout this preseason, Belichick has said the running backs are on a preseason rotation. In the preseason opener against the Saints, Green-Ellis started and collected 34 yards on 11 carries.

In Maroney's only real action of the preseason, he had 8 carries for 30 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints. Overall, the Patriots ran the ball 35 times for 125 yards.

Against Atlanta, Taylor got the call rushing 11 times for 54 yards and one touchdown. Morris also chipped in for 52 yards on 6 carries. Green-Ellis had 12 yards on 7 carries. Overall the Patriots ran the ball 30 times for 120 yards.

The only returner from last season to have less carries than Maroney is Faulk, who has three carries in the preseason.

So can you read into the preseason numbers?

"I think we have a lot of backs and we are trying to get everyone some work," Morris said. "It's preseason and it's tough. We are just trying different things."

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