Now with the loss of Kevin Faulk I believe the Patriots will find it necessary to address the glowing need at the running back postion. With the trade deadline coming upon us I believe it is time to dump Mankins now and get the most value you can for him. We have enough picks as it is for next draft so lets get someone who can help us out now. There are a lot of teams who have multiple running backs who are better than what we have currently on the roster.
The first team that comes to mind is the Buffalo Bills coincidentally. Marshawn Lynch has been unhappy there for a while now and might be time for them to cut ties. God knows their offensive line could use the help as well. So I think with that trade both teams would be assesing a need and its not like the Bills are a threat or anything so I wouldn't mind trading with them even though they are in our division.
The second team I would look at would be the Dallas Cowboys. I would take either Marion Barber or Felix Jones for Mankins. I know Jerry Jones loves explosive players and I've heard he is in love with Felix so maybe they would part with Barber to sure up that offensive line which has had problems protecting Romo early this year and opening lanes for the speedy Jones.
Third I would take a shot at Brandon Jacobs. There as been talk of him not being happy with backing up Bradshaw in NY and I think with his combination of size and speed he might be the punisher that this team needs. We don't need a big play back who can take it to the house on any handoff, what we need is a bruiser who is going to hit the hole and pick up 5-8 yards and wear out opposing defenses. Our big plays our going to be through the air.
So since it looks like Logan is gone for good anyway, and we have yet to put together a formiddable rushing attack in the first two games, and ow with the loss of Faulk this team needs a workhorse in the backfield. Use Green Ellis or Taylor as a third down back if you want but get someone who can run it 15-20 times and give you 80-100 yards. It will take a little pressure of the young defense by controling the clock and keeping them off the field. It will also help with play action as well, right now teams are not scared of us running the ball so the playfake is not going to be as effective as it could be. If I'm a defense I am siked when they hand if off and pick up 2 yards, Better than Randy getting 52 yards and a Touchdown or Welker picking up 8.
Get a reliable running back now before it is to late and we find ourselves watching 4th quarter leads diminish late in the year because we can't run time of the clock and our opposing defenses are fresh as daisies.