In 2012, the Patriots carried four running backs – Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead, Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden. This summer, Bolden and LeGarrette Blount have been so good, the team may think about carrying five.
Blount has a big size advantage at 6-foot, 250 pounds, but oddly, he has a propensity for big plays, as showcased by the 51-yard touchdown run he ripped off in the Patriots’ first game. Blount finished that game with 101 yards on 11 carries, while Bolden had four carries for 14 yards.
Against the Buccaneers, Bolden had the biggest run of the day in the fourth quarter with a 25-yarder. Bolden finished the game with 38 yards on six carries, while Blount had 10 yards on three carries.
Ridley and Vereen are sure things for the roster, and Leon Washington‘s special teams skills should ensure him a roster spot. Special teams is one advantage Bolden has on Blount. Bolden is a big part of the Patriots’ punt and kickoff coverage units.
To hear more about some of the players on the Patriots’ roster bubble, watch NESN.com’s Patriots writers Doug Kyed and Luke Hughes discuss Bolden, Blount and more in the video above.