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Rookies leave Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris with uncertain futures

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The Patriots entered the draft with two productive running backs on their roster — BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead — and left with four versatile, young players at the position.

The additions of Cal’s Shane Vereen and LSU’s Stephan Ridley gives Bill Belichick what he wants at the position: A ton of option for his running back committee that are comfortable in a variety of roles.  It also makes the Patriots backfield much younger.

Fred Taylor is surely gone, and it looks like Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk will follow.  Sammy Morris, 34, indicated to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald that he wants to continue his NFL career.  Faulk, who should one day make the “Patriots Hall of Fame,” has also hinted he wants to put off retirement despite a torn ACL last year.

Belichick reveres Faulk’s place in the franchise so much, Faulk figures to get a chance to make the team if Faulk can’t find a better opportunity elsewhere.   After the additions Belichick made, Faulk will be fighting an uphill battle.

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9 Responses to “Rookies leave Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris with uncertain futures”
  1. NFL Football Now says: May 9, 2011 9:23 AM

    Ridley could be the power runner Maroney was supposed to be and Vereen can fly, definite replacement for Faulk.

    Posted an article about the situation and new backfield last week, if you care to check it out.

  2. j0esixpack says: May 9, 2011 9:26 AM

    I’d love to see a new CBA create a situations where each team can designate a Player-Coach

    It’s the salary cap and roster space that pressures teams to cut quality role models for other players.

    The next CBA should throw a bone to quality role models and give teams a roster and salary cap exemption for such players with 10+ years who still have more to contribute both on and off the field.

  3. rc33 says: May 9, 2011 9:45 AM

    Faulk was such a terrific player. Three Super Bowl rings and a real credit to the organization.
    I recall him being a bubble player after a couple years in the league. It basically came down to two things; he HAD to be better at hanging on to the football and pick up the blitz more effectively if he wanted an NFL career. All he did was go out and became exceptional at both, along with continuing to develop his receiving skills. A great 3rd down back, a genuine team leader and a winner. He will be missed.

  4. piratefreedom says: May 9, 2011 10:21 AM

    Along with Troy Brown , Kevin Faulk is the epitome of the sort of team player that made the Pats great over the decade.
    I will always remember and appreciate his many contributions.

  5. boblavoie says: May 9, 2011 10:55 AM

    piratefreedom says:
    Along with Troy Brown , Kevin Faulk is the epitome of the sort of team player that made the Pats great over the decade.
    I will always remember and appreciate his many contributions.
    ———–
    I couldn’t have said it better!

  6. homelanddefense says: May 9, 2011 10:58 AM

    If Faulk is healthy he will make the team. They dont carry a FB so they usually roll with 5 RB’s.

  7. CKL says: May 9, 2011 11:32 AM

    I am excited about the combination of skills these two new RBs bring, but I would hate to see Faulk go out this way. He is one of those guys every team needs: a “role player” but also a very important part of the team for the leadership he brings to the table with his work ethic, clutch playmaking, and willingness to do everything the team asks.

  8. granadafan says: May 9, 2011 12:15 PM

    Faulk was a great contributor to the Patriots. However, all great things must come to an end and the Pats had to get younger at this position. Vereen is a workhorse running back who can hit the hole very quickly and make defenders grasping at air. He’s an excellent receiver as well with soft hands. Hopefully a place will be found on the team for Faulk so he can teach the two rookies how to be a star NFL back.

  9. tiesto49 says: May 10, 2011 1:47 AM

    Belicheat sucks. Go Niners! Thumbs up!

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