The New England Patriots loved what they saw out of Rhamondre Stevenson last year. He eclipsed 200 carries and 1,000 yards and was one of the bright spots of the offense last year. Going into 2023, Patriots legend James White sees big things for Stevenson because of how much the coaching staff especially Bill Belichick loves him.
New England Patriots Running Back Rhamondre Stevenson
Historically, the Patriots have not been a team that leans on one running back. Fantasy football players hate the Patriots running backs because we never know who Belichick is going to trot out. Stevenson played in 66% of the snaps last year. “It’s not so often as a Patriots running back that you’re out there that many snaps. Bill loves that guy, so he just has to capitalize on the opportunity,” White said in a recent interview. A good running game will help take the pressure off of Mac Jones and help the Patriots turn some shootout games into grind it out ones.
Optimism Around The Patriots?
The consensus seems to be that the Patriots are the clear worst team in the AFC East. While I don’t think the team should be favored, I also don’t believe they should be counted out. A good running game can slow a game down to a point where the inferior team can grind out a win. The defense of New England also is underrated and will keep them in games. If the Bills, Jets, and Dolphins beat up on each other, the Patriots might surprise some people.
The New England Patriots are looking for another big year from Rhamondre Stevenson. The team is looking to surprise some people in 2023 and maybe even push for a playoff spot if another team in the division falls flat.