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Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

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Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Patriots Training Camp Preview: Running Backs

Running back is one of the most intriguing positions on the New England Patriots’ roster this training camp. The headline of the offseason was the loss of breakout player LeGarrette Blount, but the Pats didn’t make a veteran addition to replace Blount, leaving the spotlight on fourth-year veterans Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, both of whom enter contract years.

With a diverse set of rookies also on the roster, this could be one of the most competitive position battles in training camp.

Our Training Camp Preview series continues with a look at the running backs.

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Breer reports that Ridley has come in lighter and focused on fixing his fumbling issues, and that there’s been no talk of a contract extension. Not surprising on any fronts, both he and Vereen have a lot to prove and there will be at least three rookies breathing down their necks. Brandon Bolden is a wild card to me. I really liked what he did in 2012 (at times) but felt like he regressed in 2013. He just can’t seem to pick up much YAC and his receiving skills are not good enough to make him a viable back up to Vereen.

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