Pats kick Joseph Addai’s tires, too


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.

37 responses to “Pats kick Joseph Addai’s tires, too

  1. 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

  2. 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!”.

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

    Playing on “passing downs” in New England = Starter


    exactly right. blocking/receiving back.

  4. 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

  5. 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…

  6. 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*.

  7. ….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.

  8. .


    What year did the Jets last win?

    1969 ?

    I remember the congratulatory call from President Nixon


  9. 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.

  10. 6ball says:
    Apr 20, 2012 7:20 PM


    What year did the Jets last win?

    1969 ?

    I remember the congratulatory call from President Nixon


    I’m not a Jets fan, 6ballsinyourmouth.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. .


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


  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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


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

  18. 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.

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