When the Patriots lost running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis to the Bengals via free agency, some fans were worried about the running back situation with mostly inexperienced backs.
After the first game this preseason versus the Saints, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen put most of those worries to sleep.
Unfortunately for them, they did not keep it up Monday night against the Eagles.
Vereen started the game but danced at times and managed just 20 yards on 10 carries. In his defense, there were times when the offensive line simply let him down and he was struck down in the backfield. His highlight of the night came on a running-back screen which he took 20 yards and into the red zone.
Ridley also handled 10 carries, gaining a slightly better 25 yards.
Danny Woodhead and rookie Brandon Bolden were also quiet.
All things considered, though, including their addition this week of Olympic sprinter and former Florida running back Jeff Demps, the Patriots' backs have given fans reason to believe there could be a spark in the running game in 2012.