Between the three, they total seven carries for 14 yards. Quarterback Tom Brady had the only rushing touchdown for the Patriots.
New England did not give a handoff to a running back in the second half.
Vereen had four catches for 39 yards and Bolden one catch for 11.
Bolden, a core special teams player, signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract extension through 2016. Chung, who returned to New England after spending the 2013 season with the Eagles, signed a three-year extension through 2017. The deal is worth up to $8.2 million and includes $3.4 million in guarantees, according to the report.
Gray was the Patriots' only running back to score a touchdown in Week 16, plunging in from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter, but to say he was the go-to back would be disingenuous. He and
And then there's the fact that Vereen is far and away the best pass-catcher of the three, but he was hardly involved in the passing game on a quiet day for quarterback Tom Brady.
So basically, you wouldn't have gone right with any of Blount's three replacements, and considering they were all equally involved, you have to wonder how they'll impact Blount's role if he returns Week 17 against Buffalo. Given that it's a tough matchup anyway, you might just want to avoid every Patriots running back.
With LeGarrette Blount sidelined with a shoulder injury,
Bolden only carried the ball five times for 32 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per attempt. Vereen was more involved, as he rushed for 38 yards on six carries. He also caught one of two targets for 12 yards in a 30-14 victory.
New England will face Buffalo in Week 17.
Belichick knows he can wring value out of any back he chooses, which is what makes this situation so perpetually frustrating for Fantasy owners. Any back could get work in any situation any week, but it still looks like Blount and Vereen are going to be the team's top options moving forward. Relying on anyone here on a weekly basis is frustrating, but Blount and Vereen are the only ones that are must-own players down the stretch.
|2012||New England Patriots||10||0||56||274||4.9||27||2||4||18|
|2013||New England Patriots||12||2||55||271||4.9||46||3||2||14|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||2||28||89||3.2||17||1||0||4|
|2012||New England Patriots||10||0||2||11||5.5||11||0||0||0||1|
|2013||New England Patriots||12||2||21||152||7.2||18||0||0||0||6|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||2||2||8||4.0||4||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||10||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||12||1||0.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||6||4.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2013||New England Patriots||12||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||---||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
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|2012||New England Patriots||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
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