Gray proved he’s a talented running back by rushing for 412 yards and five touchdowns on 89 carries last season, but coach Bill Belichick benched him after he showed up late to Gillette Stadium the week after a standout performance against the Indianapolis Colts.
Now Gray enters a crowded backfield, and he could find himself on the roster bubble if Tyler Gaffney and Travaris Cadet stand out in training camp. Gray will need to outperform the rest of the Patriots’ running backs to ensure a roster spot and possibly earn a Week 1 start with LeGarrette Blount beginning the season on a suspension.
That illustrates how close the Patriots’ roster battles are this season. A player either could be on the roster bubble or a Week 1 starter.
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