With Joseph Addai being cut last week after failing a team physical the Patriots are left with Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead at running back.
At the moment it appears that Ridley is the front runner to get the bulk of the carries. While Woodhead is high on reliability but short on high end talent and Vereen is a very green third down back, Ridley is the most talented of the group.
In fact, Ridley was the most talented back on last year’s team but his inexperience cost him playing time in favor of the ever consistent Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis, who left New England for Cincinnati.
This is a big opportunity for Ridley, if he can take even a little pressure off of Tom Brady and the passing game then the Patriots are a better team. We already know the team has strong role players at the position, but if Ridley can step in and be the man in the backfield then the Patriots offense will be nearly impossible to contain.
The Red Sox have a potentially big mess on their hands with outfielder Carl Crawford.
Crawford missed Saturday’s game against the Yankees because the team’s medical staff wants him to play four days and then sit a day, a request that Bobby Valentine did not abide by the first time around.
Crawford told reporters Saturday that he felt fine and was embarrassed not to be playing.
This doesn’t appear to be the end of the worries when it comes to Crawford, he also has an elbow injury that is eventually going to need Tommy John surgery according to Crawford himself. Nine figures well spent.
-Compiled by Nick Curcuru