Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas shares some friends and financial advisers with running back Fred Taylor. Now, he shares a team with him.
During an interview earlier this week, Thomas was asked for his impression of Taylor.
"Fast," said Thomas. "It seems like he's been around a whole lot. I don't think that he's gotten the respect that he's deserved, until he went to the Pro Bowl the year before last. I think he still has a lot left. I think it will be interesting to see how he does here because you don't have to carry the load by yourself, barring any injuries."
Thomas said that he doesn't envy defenses that have to deal with the Patriots' deep backfield, which now includes Taylor, Sammy Morris, Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
"I'd hate to be on the other side," said Thomas. "You got Kevin, you got Sammy, you got Laurence, you got BenJarvus Green-Ellis and you got Fred. If all the guys are up, by the fourth quarter nobody is really tired. You're kind of fresh. It might not play off the first game, but when you get to Week 10, 11 or 12 and people are starting to wear down I think that, barring injury, that can definitely be a great asset with the different ways you can use them."
Morris, who was the team's leading rusher last season with 727 yards, said that he agrees that the addition of Taylor should allow the Patriots to be able to have some fresh legs late in games.
"I think that is one of the benefits to doing it by committee," said Morris. "Each guy has their role or will have their role. I think each guy brings a little something different to the table. Like [Adalius] said, it will hopefully evoke some kind of fear to opposing teams."