Laurence Maroney and LaMont Jordan Make a Solid Backfield Combo

Christopher CostaContributor IAugust 14, 2008

The regular season is almost here, and this year, the Patriots have added some real depth at the running-back position. In the offseason, the Patriots acquired veteran RB LaMont Jordan from the Oakland Raiders. A strong back, Jordan never got the chance to excel with Oakland's weak program.

Jordan has played in 97 career games with 29 starts and has totaled 792 rushes for 3,285 yards (4.1 avg.) and 24 touchdowns. In Aug. 7's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, Jordan put up one touchdown and 76 yards in 19 attempts.

Laurence Maroney, the other key Patriot RB played in 13 games while making six starts at running back in 2007. He rushed for 835 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and scoring six touchdowns.

With a strong companion at the running-back position, the two should be able to build off each other's strengths and combine for some big numbers this season.