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Pats kick Joseph Addai’s tires, too

Indianapolis' Addai carries the football against Tennessee during an NFL football game in Indianapolis Reuters

The Patriots hosted free agent running backs Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant at their club facility on Friday. Hightower and Grant aren’t the only veteran backs on whom New England is kicking the tires.

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have also hosted former Colts running back Joseph Addai.

Addai was released by Indianapolis on March 9. While he offers little in the way of playmaking ability, Addai has long been an effective pass protector, receiver, and short-yardage runner. He could fit into a rotation in New England, playing primarily on passing downs.

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37 Responses to “Pats kick Joseph Addai’s tires, too”
  1. maxvv says: Apr 20, 2012 5:12 PM

    This move would really reassert their commitment to not running the football.

  2. haydenpryor says: Apr 20, 2012 5:12 PM

    = next kevin faulk…

  3. sariff420 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:13 PM

    Unfortunately, the Pats would use him correctly.

  4. whatnojets says: Apr 20, 2012 5:14 PM

    Lot of kicking going on…..This will surely upset Rex!

  5. fcoprado says: Apr 20, 2012 5:17 PM

    It seems to me the Pats are desperate for players,even after a SB loss.

  6. gmen4life33 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:18 PM

    better off getting a RB in the 6th/7th or even undrafted one and seeing what happens. atleast there’s a small chance you get a rb that can do something besides the bare minimum

  7. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 20, 2012 5:19 PM

    One guy’s tire went flat when they kicked it. Another blew up on a bald spot. Third one the whole wheel and rim came off. Dealer says “you break it, you buy it!”.

  8. geniusesq says: Apr 20, 2012 5:21 PM

    Playing on “passing downs” in New England = Starter

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:26 PM

    hes done, addai is injury proned, theyre better off bringing gap tooth moreney back

  10. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Apr 20, 2012 5:31 PM

    the steelers kinda suck and they aren’t superior to anyone really

  11. tomeffnbrady says: Apr 20, 2012 5:32 PM

    geniusesq says: Apr 20, 2012 5:21 PM

    Playing on “passing downs” in New England = Starter

    ———————–

    exactly right. blocking/receiving back.

  12. skittlesareyum says: Apr 20, 2012 5:38 PM

    Am I the only one that hates the expression “kicks the tires”?

  13. bass1717 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:58 PM

    Are they ever ginna give Ridley a chance??

  14. august1969 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:59 PM

    veterans minimum is like 1M per year…they didn’t want BJGE at 3M?

  15. zimaman says: Apr 20, 2012 6:06 PM

    Here we go again u guys are spewing all over the place

    It’s just a visit

    GET IT ?

  16. RavenzGunnerz says: Apr 20, 2012 6:12 PM

    Ok you send away benjarvus who never fumbled and you pick up addai?

  17. bigbluewreckincrew says: Apr 20, 2012 6:20 PM

    Pats fans forget Bill has had success with veteran backs – Dillon & Antwoin Smith may have had a little more tread on those tires than these guys but I could see one of them coming in & helping out

  18. mdd913 says: Apr 20, 2012 6:21 PM

    Don’t kick too hard….this guy is easily injured.

  19. NakedCowboy! says: Apr 20, 2012 6:30 PM

    out of that bunch tim hightower has most to offer… although at veteran min, you cant go wrong with either of these guys…
    why would anyone want to be an RB…

  20. bozosforall says: Apr 20, 2012 6:38 PM

    someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says:
    Apr 20, 2012 5:31 PM
    the steelers kinda suck and they aren’t superior to anyone really

    __
    Two Super Bowl titles since the Pats won* their last one says that they are superior to the Pats, not to mention that they have SIX to the Pats’ THREE*.

  21. stunzeed5 says: Apr 20, 2012 7:16 PM

    ….I kinda wish Tim Hightower would resign in Washington because he was above average before his injury.

    ….and he’s a great locker room guy.

  22. 6ball says: Apr 20, 2012 7:20 PM

    .

    @bozothejetfan

    What year did the Jets last win?

    1969 ?

    I remember the congratulatory call from President Nixon

    .

  23. myguy317 says: Apr 20, 2012 7:32 PM

    It’s obvious that there’s sum colts haters in here…
    Joe can still start in the NFL ..

  24. olcap says: Apr 20, 2012 7:48 PM

    Sounds more like they’re dumpster diving.

    Brady’s the only thing left on that team. When he’s done, we’ll see their coach’s only “greatness” was all the circumstances surrounding that 6th round pick years ago.

  25. bozosforall says: Apr 20, 2012 7:53 PM

    6ball says:
    Apr 20, 2012 7:20 PM
    .

    @bozothejetfan

    What year did the Jets last win?

    1969 ?

    I remember the congratulatory call from President Nixon

    .

    __
    I’m not a Jets fan, 6ballsinyourmouth.

  26. khadeemw says: Apr 20, 2012 8:01 PM

    I hope they do not sign Grant or Hightower…we have seen that act before…slow old running backs that cant get a 30 yard run to save their life…smh addai would be nice if he has some of that 07 explosiveness

  27. huejackson says: Apr 20, 2012 8:23 PM

    pats could have Darren Mcfadden and they still would not run the ball..
    I dont get why Ryan Grant did not get picked up yet.
    I still don’t know why not one team got Dallas Clark up, he must be asking way to much money

  28. zimaman says: Apr 20, 2012 8:29 PM

    Bozo your still a dumbo

  29. onlysane1intheroom says: Apr 20, 2012 9:06 PM

    The Steelers have lost too many AFC Championship games at HOME to be superior to the Patriots.

  30. 6ball says: Apr 20, 2012 10:06 PM

    .

    @bozothejetsfan

    Sure you’re a jets fan…….and I’m sorry your trip to p-town didn’t bear fruit.

    .

  31. wildbillsrodeo says: Apr 20, 2012 10:48 PM

    BJGE was so valued here (and should have been resigned) because when he got his opportunities to run, he didn’t fumble. Under their system, they don’t need first-rate talent. I wish the Pats would get back to running screens so well off of play-action.

  32. unbreakable02215 says: Apr 20, 2012 11:02 PM

    They should just see what it would take to get
    Steven Jackson from the Rams. Just ask them
    what it will cost in terms of picks and give it to
    them.

  33. tigerlilac says: Apr 21, 2012 1:17 AM

    Guys, you need to excuse bozo, he has a fetish for Belichick. He use to post under the screen name belichick’s gerbil but like most stalkers he turned on the target of his affection when Belichick would not acknowledge him.

  34. patsfiend says: Apr 21, 2012 2:10 AM

    Big news…

    Belichick creating subterfuge before the draft. Please don’t sign these guys!

    Bozo too much of wuss to fess up to his team. My guess, Vikings.

  35. applecool1981 says: Apr 21, 2012 4:08 AM

    unbreakable02215 says: Apr 20, 2012 11:02 PM

    “They should just see what it would take to get
    Steven Jackson from the Rams. Just ask them
    what it will cost in terms of picks and give it to
    them.”

    ————————————————————————————————————

    It would be 3 1st round picks and the best second rounder they have.

  36. mornelithe says: Apr 21, 2012 8:00 AM

    It’s pretty simple, and is really how the Pats have built the running game for awhile now. It’ll be a committee of RB’s, Vereen, Ridley and an unnamed ‘veteran’ back who can fill in on downs that Vereen/Ridley don’t specialize in. Someone with goal-line punch.

    BJGE was a great player for the Pats, but the Pats spent two decent picks getting Vereen and Ridley, so it’s about time they stepped up and started using them. Definitely appreciate BJGE though, and wish him well on his new team.

  37. monropoobah says: Apr 21, 2012 4:10 PM

    the pats have running backs? maybe in case they need someone to fill in at corner…

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