After concerns over the position in the run up to the 2015 NFL season, the New England Patriots' running back situation has actually appeared fairly healthy through the first three weeks of the campaign.
The emergence of Deon Lewis (146 yards, two touchdowns) complimented by the bulldozer role of LeGarrette Blount (82 yards, three touchdowns) has meant the Super Bowl champs have looked effective, if not spectacular, in the ground game.
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But, despite the success, it looks like Bill Belichick is considering adding another running back to the mix. This comes after news that Montee Ball is in Foxboro to workout for the franchise this week.
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Ball, a second-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2013, looked good in his rookie year but struggled to live up to a lead-back role in 2014 - rushing for just 172 yards at an average of 3.1 yards-per-carry as injuries hit home.
Dumped by the Broncos late in the offseason, the 24-year-old would be something of an odd addition at this stage for the Patriots.
With Bill Belichick notorious for keeping his eyes out for potential recruits, this week's workout is more likely simply the New England franchise updating their info on the free agency talent that remains.
However, should Ball impress the Patriots staff, then he will certainly put himself in a good position to get a deal were Lewis or Blount to go down with an injury in the near future.
New England also worked out tight end Brandon Bostick - the former Green Bay Packer, infamous for his failure to claim an onside kick in their NFC Championship game last season.
Patriots fans: Would you want Ball in the back field? Have your say in the comments below...
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