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Training Camp Battle - Running Back

Who is a LOCK to make the roster?  

19 members have voted

  1. 1. Who is a LOCK to make the roster?

    • Sony Michel
      19
    • Rex Burkhead
      14
    • James White
      13
    • Mike Gillisee
      0
    • Jeremy Hill
      0
    • Brandon Bolden
      5
    • Ralph Webb
      0


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Who is going to start?

At the beginning of the season? Burkhead. I'm not crazy about it because he seems like a jack of all trades master of none type back. Pretty good runner and pretty good receiver = pretty good running back. I'd like have someone better than pretty good. On the plus side the way to compensate for this is that we have a variety of other pretty good running backs that we can switch to depending on different situations to maximize their strengths. I think Hill and Michel could take over depending how quickly they learn the offense. 

Who is the power/goal-line back?

I'm giving the edge to Mike Gillislee over Burkhead because think he's simply a stronger runner. 

Is James White more than a passing back? Can anyone take that spot from him?

No to both. I don't think he has enough power to be the featured back. The next closest competitor would be Burkhead but I flat out don't think he's as good as a receiving threat as White is. As talented as Michel is he would need a lot more experience before he could take over as the main 3rd down passing back. 

 

On a side note Brandon Bolden is a lock due to being so good on special teams.

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Sony Michel left practice with some type of supposedly minor injury. Burkhead been swallowed up by Danny Shelton in practice. Shelton is showing positive signs that he can at least be adequate as a run defender, unsurprisingly.

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38 minutes ago, DoleINGout said:

Shelton is showing positive signs that he can at least be adequate as a run defender, unsurprisingly.

Danny was my draft binkie that year. I loved him coming out and I was so devastated when his stock rightfully rose out of the Patriots reach. Jazzed to see him on the Patriots now, hoping he gets locked up long-term at some point. 

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Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead are locks, assuming full health. I think Brandon Bolden makes it based on his special teams ability and overall versatility. At this point, I’d say Jeremy Hill has a better chance than Mike Gillislee at making the roster as a fifth running back. That’s partially because Gillislee just has so much trouble staying healthy. I don’t think the Patriots necessarily need to keep five running backs, but it would be a nice luxury to have given Burkhead’s injury history.

 https://nesn.com/2018/08/patriots-mailbag-which-former-longshot-has-best-chance-to-crack-roster/

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On 20/07/2018 at 5:15 PM, Deadpulse said:

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So RB should be an interesting position to follow for the following reason's:

Who is going to start?

Will the rookie bust into camp and earn the first tote of every game? Will James White bust out of his passing back role and become an all around back? Will Rex Burkhead, IMO the defacto #1 option heading into camp, tighten his grip on the feature back role? Will one of Mikey G and Jeremy Hill come in strong?WILL RALPH WEBB SURPRISE EVERYONE! Basically what I am getting at is that as usual, the roles are wide open.

Who is the power/goal-line back?

I feel like Michel could be in ever discussion, but to me this question comes down to Burkhead, Mikey G, and Jeremy Hill. 

Is James White more than a passing back? Can anyone take that spot from him?

So this one is two fold. We all saw Rexy showcase a passing game affinity. Could he eclipse White and become the all around guy with White and Michel playing back up/change of pace? Can White finally show more getting the hand off? If so, how does that effect the other guys vying for spots? Does it make them less valuable?

 

To me, the locks to make the roster are:

Rex Burkhead - most used RB from last season on the roster, resigned to a decent deal

Sony Michel - drafted in the first round

James White - entrenched in the passing back role, has Brady's trust

 

I think Gillisee and Jeremy Hill are competing for the same spot. Brandon Bolden is likely competing with both this group and anyone else trying to carve out a ST role. Ralph Webb remains the longest of shots.

Yeah those are my locks too

I think Burkhead will continue getting the most work. I think if Michel is fit all season, he'll be a ROTY candidate - I am fantasising about him in space behind our athletic linemen. White more than just a passing back, and Tom likes him, but probably an even more reduced role if Michel and Burkhead healthy all season.

I also expect the running game to be more of a factor for us offensively this year

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2 hours ago, bluemushrooms said:

Just keep 'em all boys.  We don't need WR's or QB's.

 

:(  How do we keep Hill, Bolden, White, Burkhead, Michel, and Webb 

Easy! 

Cut Bolden and Webb (or PS the latter).

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