New England Patriots: Kevin Faulk Out, Could Jacobs or Parker Be Next?

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IISeptember 22, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Runningback Willie Parker #39 of the Washington Redskins rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during preseason NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 20-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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News broke yesterday that Patriots running back, Kevin Faulk, had been diagnosed with a torn ACL, which now causes serious issues as New England is not deep at running back. 

Faulk, who sustained the injury in the fourth quarter against the Jets last Sunday, will likely be out for the year. Meanwhile, before Sunday's loss against New York, New England had shipped running back, Laurence Maroney, to Denver. Now, the Pats have problems.

New England has no third-down back, and they have to rely on the inexperienced BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Fred Taylor, and Sammy Morris. 

Taylor and Morris have been sidelined for injuries last season, and both are up there in age, so potentially, this can mean serious problems for New England. 

Filling Faulk and Maroney's roles can be difficult, but there are a few names that could.

For instance, Willie Parker. 

Parker is currently a free agent, and was recently cut by the Washington Redskins. Parker is a decent, all-around back that put up decent numbers last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Parker averaged four yards per carry last season with the Steelers, and is only 29 years old. He has shown that he is slowing down, but adding him with Green-Ellis, Taylor, and Morris might rejuvenate his career.

Another name that has been thrown out there in the trade rumors is New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. 

Jacobs is currently splitting carries with Ahmad Bradshaw, and has been reported as disgruntled. Jacobs has been a major headache for Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. 

Jacobs had a small temper tantrum last Sunday night against the Colts, when he came off the field upset and threw his helmet into the crowd. 

Jacobs appears to be a mess, and would be a nice fit in New England. From what I'm guessing, I feel that the Giants would give Jacobs up for two fourth-round picks.

Nothing is official; this is clear speculation, but I would hope New England plans on making a move at the running back position.


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