BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots have a giant question mark at quarterback for the first four games of the regular season, but it seems like they have one equally as big when it comes to the guys setting up behind (or next to) their QB.
The Patriots enter training camp with a stacked depth chart at running back, with Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount, Donald Brown, James White, Brandon Bolden, Joey Iosefa and rookie D.J. Foster all set to battle for playing time. But Lewis (on the PUP to start camp) and Blount are both coming off injuries, while Brown (a seven-year veteran) and White (entering his third NFL season with just 17 games under his belt) weren’t able to do much during the 2015 season.
Should we be worried about New England’s depth at running back, especially with Jimmy Garoppolo slated to start the first four games of the season? Felger & Massarotti discussed their level of concern on Tuesday’s show.
“I could give a rat’s ass about the running back, unless you don’t have any and you’re playing a first-year quarterback. I thought they would have done something there,” said Felger.
Mazz agrees that they feel “a little too thin” at the position despite the abundance of bodies heading into camp, and would have liked another veteran in the mix.
“Somebody who is a little more proven, even if he’s a little passed his prime, would have helped ease some of my anxiety there,” he said. “I say anxiety; I don’t think the season is coming apart. The part I find most disturbing is James White was a disappointment when they really needed him. There was no play-making ability there. Once they lost Lewis, there was a hole to me and they still didn’t fill it. Maybe they think Lewis will come back and be fine, but that’s a risky proposition.”