So Fresh and So Clean

The Patriots entered camp with one known quantity in the backfield. He quit and was released almost immediately after arriving in New England. I say so what? The Pats were first and third in total offense in the last two seasons respectively. During that span they relied on the workmanlike BenJarvus Green-Ellis. I liked the Law Firm, but he was just a cog, not a star. Ridley showed much more explosiveness in his first year than Green-Ellis will ever have, and he costs a fraction as much.

But the real point in not fretting over not having Joseph Addai is the fact that he would likely not have played much anyway. He also may have kept a roster spot from Brandon Bolden. Bolden has impressed Mike Reiss recently who wrote:

"The rookie free agent out of Mississippi has impressed with his acceleration, bouncing a few runs to the outside and then shifting into top gear quickly."

Sounds like a useful trait. I for one am excited about the possibility of Belichick not having an uninspired option to lean on just because he is safe. I do not think this team needs a dominant ground game, but if the Pats can find a legit threat in the backfield opposing defenses wont know whether to shit or go blind. I say do both while the Pats drop 50.