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Who will lead Patriots in rushing this coming season?
The Patriots have one of the deepest running backs rooms in the league and do not have a true No. 1 back, but we could see that changing this season.
Going into training camp, the team has Damien Harris, Sony Michel, James White, J.J. Taylor, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney and Rhamondre Stevenson on the roster with Harris and Michel being the two backs who figure to see the most carries.
In 2020, Harris carried the ball 137 times for 691 yards in 10 games, while Michel had 79 carries for 449 yards in nine games. We predict Harris will overtake Michel as the lead back and assuming he stays healthy, will lead the Patriots in rushing.
In his second year last year, Harris took a big jump as he was given an opportunity to play unlike as a rookie. Meanwhile, Michel has had 900-yard rushing seasons in his first two in the league, but due to only playing nine games last year, took a step back to Harris. When Harris and Michel were both healthy, it appeared Harris was ahead of Michel on the depth chart.
Harris also appeared to have a great offseason, while Michel did not attend any of the voluntary offseason workouts and only attended mandatory minicamp. The Patriots also did not pick up his fifth-year option this offseason.
White, Stevenson and Bolden figure to be on the roster, but won’t get enough carries to even come close to Harris or Michel.
Harris seems like a player the Patriots expect big things from for the years to come, while Michel could be in his last year with the team, so unless there’s an injury to the Alabama product this seems like an easy answer.