July is the month for NFL rankings as there isn't much going on and it's a good time to look ahead to the upcoming season.
NFL Media's Maurice Jones-Drew released his top 32 NFL running backs recently and the Patriots did not get much love.
Damien Harris was the only player to make the list and he came in at No. 29.
"The Patriots' offense will be as good as its run game," Jones-Drew wrote. "While Sony Michel was efficient in 2020 (79 carries for 449 rush yards -- 5.7 yards per attempt -- and one TD; seven catches for 114 yards and a TD), injuries hampered his third season and he ultimately lost the RB1 job to Damien Harris, who provided the Patriots a solid run game in 10 starts. Harris has been productive at every level and should pick up where he left off as the Pats' starter. He could see his first 1,000-yard season if he wins the starting job outright, but the possibility that he splits carries with [Sony] Michel, whose fifth-year option was declined, is what has him low on my list."
Coming in at 30-32 were Mark Ingram, Devin Singletary and Myles Gaskin.
The top five were Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook and Nick Chubb.