dangolka (CBS) — Now we have lastly reached Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, which is the start of a brand new period for the New England Patriots. Along with all of the unknown that may go together with groups taking part in soccer throughout a pandemic, the Patriots are going by means of fairly the change in personnel with Cam Newton taking up for the departed Tom Brady.
Nobody actually is aware of what to anticipate in 2020, from each a Patriots standpoint and a league standpoint, however we’re going to take a crack at it anyhow. The WBZ-TV and CBS dangolka Sports activities staff will likely be answering a handful of questions relating to the Patriots as we rely right down to kickoff Sunday afternoon in opposition to the Miami Dolphins.
Persevering with with our stats-based questions, this time round we’re tackling the manufacturing of New England’s working backs. The Sports activities staff tries to determine who will lead the Pats in dashing yards and in dashing touchdowns.
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV Sports activities
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports activities
Robust query right here. Well being is the largest think about answering this. With Damien Harris hitting IR, Sony Michel will get the chance beginning the season as a major again. Nevertheless, if he struggles, Rex Burkhead can step in. Solely query is can he keep upright? After that, James White would be the sure-handed go catching choice as soon as once more. Primarily based on this I’ll take White to prepared the ground.
Levan Reid, WBZ-TV Sports activities
I assumed Damien Harris could be the Pats lead again in some ways however unexpectedly he has injured his hand and can miss a while. I nonetheless assume Harris will make a contribution to the staff however Rex Burkhead will lead the staff in touchdowns at that place. I’m gonna guess and say Sony Michel will lead the working again room in yards.
Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
They’re going to experience Sony Michel for all he’s value, so he’ll lead the staff in yards for the third straight 12 months. As for dashing touchdowns … let’s roll with Cam Newton. We’re assuming loads along with his well being and his willingness to be the runner he’s been prior to now, I suppose. However why not go all in on the Cam resurgence and predict one other double-digit dashing TD season.
Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
Sony Michel has been the staff’s workhorse out of the backfield in his first two seasons, and his third needs to be no completely different. I like him to have his first 1,000-yard season of his profession, main the cost for the Patriots.
As for touchdowns, let’s go together with Rex Burkhead, who will get loads of seems on the aim line and frustrate fantasy soccer homeowners all season lengthy.
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