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Breaking down the Maroney trade

Posted by Albert Breer  September 14, 2010 09:41 PM

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The Patriots did, but those belong to the reliable, but limited, BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Kevin Faulk plays into the mix, of course, as the team's best at the position. But he's much better off as purely a passing-down specialist, meaning having depth is important to keeping him at his best as well.

Green-Ellis does bring more game-day value as a backup than Maroney right now, being a staple on special teams units. And that's likely why -- possibly in combination with a thigh injury -- why Maroney sat last week.

Still, would the Patriots feel comfortable with Green-Ellis as the lead back, should Morris and Taylor go down?

You'd have to think they would. Or they have something else up their sleeve.

The bottom line, now, in this whole thing is that as the Patriots try to get more physical offensively in several ways, they decided to cut their losses with a guy who's their least physical back. Whether they'll pay for this risk remains to be seen.

But there's no question there is a serious element of risk to this move.
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