Three weeks into the 2009 season, Glenn Coffee went from being a rookie backup to a primary starter.
He probably expected to see some time as an injury replacement, given Frank Gore's history, but I'm sure he didn't expect that time to come in the first quarter of Week Three.
As Gore's replacement, Coffee held his own. In three games, Coffee rushed for 173 yards, made eight receptions for 53 yards, and picked up a rushing touchdown.
As the season wore down, so did Coffee. He sustained a concussion in Week Nine and a hamstring injury in Week 14, and, as expected, his production tailed off dramatically.
Entering the 2010 season, Coffee could be surpassed by rookie Anthony Dixon as the Niners primary backup for Frank Gore—leaving Coffee with very little to work towards going forward.
New England Patriots. The Patriots' struggle to find a consistent tailback has been well documented. Laurence Maroney hasn't developed into the rusher that the Patriots would have hoped, and the rest of their running backs are nearing the end of their productivity.
With Coffee, the Patriots add a red zone back but also, with his catching ability, a possible third down back as well.