The platoon system in NFL backfields is alive and well and no one uses it better than the New England Patriots.
New England’s face of the franchise is Tom Brady, but he will even tell you that if it was not for the deep stable of running backs he has on his team, they would not be the defending Super Bowl Champions going into 2015.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Patriots’ running game is not spearheaded by one back, but a deep collection.
Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley, Jonas Gray, LeGarrette Blount, and Brandon Bolden were the backs that got the bulk of the carries that aided New England in rushing for 1,727 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.
Bill Belichick and the Pats have no problem messing up your Fantasy Football weekend by giving any running back an opportunity to get a touchdown when they get to the goal line.
Running backs that play for New England are going to be doing it “The Patriot Way”.
They are going to have to be selfless and be able to play their role in the collective unit that forms the New England Patriots’ running game.
With that being said, it is not a surprise that the New England Patriots have expressed interest in Georgia Tech running backs Zach Laskey and Synjyn Days during the evaluation process leading into the April 30th start of the NFL Draft.
According to an espn.go.com article by Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, Zach Laskey was worked out by New England’s running back coach n the Georgia Tech campus.
Zach Laskey seems like the type of running back that would fit the style of running that the Patriots is known for. He was hand timed at 4.50 seconds in the 40-meter dash.
Scouts project Laskey to a be a late round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft after coming off of a season where he racked up 171 carries for 851 yards and nine touchdowns.
Call it due-diligence if you want to, but Laskey is not the only Georgia Tech running back that has gotten attention from the New England Patriots since the Yellow Jackets season ended.
Synjyn Days also got some attention from the New England Patriots as he was going into the preparation for the Medal of Honor Bowl back in January.
According to the ajc.com, Days said that he was approached by a Patriots’ scout who “told him he wanted to run him through a private workout after the pro day”.
Days is coming off of a season where he rushed 157 times for 924 yards and nine touchdowns.
His 21 carries for 171 yards and three touchdowns against Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl is what put him on the radar of NFL scouts.
He was timed at around 4.5 in the 40-meters as well at the Georgia Tech pro day.
Georgia Tech fans already know that both Laskey and Days bring the hammer when they run the ball.
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They both would take large chunks of yards when the B-back dive was called by Paul Johnson.
Their style of running would fit the Patriots perfectly because they don’t tip toe or juke about. They see a hole and hit it.
People can call it New England doing their homework if they want to, but deep down Tech fans know that Laskey and Days fit “The Patriot Way”.
They both run hard and they are both unselfish. Wouldn’t it be something if they both ended up being Patriots.