6:21 AM EDT, Mon July 28, 2014
New England Patriots Blog | ESPN Boston

Checking the locks: Patriots RBs

As part of this slow time on the NFL calendar, when we'll be taking a break to recharge for the 2014 season, we introduce the pre-produced "checking the locks" series in which we analyze the players on the Patriots' roster who are "locks" to stick. Today, it's running backs. Sure-fire locks: Shane Vereen, James White Near locks: Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden Trying to get in the door: Stephen Houston, Jonas Gray, Roy Finch ANALYSIS: When the Patriots lost Vereen for eight games due to a wrist injury last year, they didn't have "perfect fit" replacement for the role of "passing back" as...