The New England Patriots are getting ready for the new season. By “getting ready” I mean shrinking the roster. This time the team releases a rookie running back.
The Patriots released Ralph Webb as part of their efforts to bring the roster down to 53 players. Webb joined the team in the preseason opener against the Redskins. He rushed for 46 yards and had two touchdowns. When it comes to the preseason, the running back rushed for 102 yards, and caught five passes for 28 yards and three touchdowns.
So, what made the Patriots release Webb?
Well, the team is pretty strong at the running back position. We have James White, Sony Michel and Red Burkhead there, and Jeremy Hill seems to be ready to take the final spot.
Webb may not make the Patriots 53-man roster, but he will sure land somewhere in the league.
Let’s not forget that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was also impressed by Webb. “I think that’s pretty much what we’ve seen from Ralph all the way through. He’s been kind of like that I’d say going all the way back to his freshman year and his career at Vanderbilt. He had a lot of production down there and ran hard. Took a lot of hits like all the backs do in that conference and he’s given us that same kind of effort. It was good to see him in game action, be able to break some tackles, get downhill, get some tough yards,” Belichick said.
Webb has great chances of sneaking onto the practice squad if other teams don’t accept him. He did a great job with the Patriots, and they do like him. This increases the possibility that he could go to New England pretty soon. Good luck with that, Ralph Webb.