The New England Patriots selected great players in the 2021 NFL Draft, and one rookie may be a starter at one point of the regular season.
Running back Rhamondre Stevenson is turning heads in the NFL at the moment. Head coach Bill Belichick used him in all three exhibition games in the preseason. Stevenson shocked opponents with his 91-yard touchdown run. This made NFL analyst talk and pretty much everyone agrees that he will get a bigger role later in the regular season.
The Patriots rookie has a chance to beat the current starter
Michael McDermott of Pat’s Pulpit made a nice prediction for the Patriots and their 2021 season. Damien Harris had an incredible season in 2020 and he will probably be awesome in the upcoming season as well. How will Stevenson beat this? He has to face a huge challenge.
“Damien Harris has a history of injuries in his brief yet productive career,” McDermott said. “The Patriots are looking at a potential three-headed monster of Harris, J.J. Taylor and James White out of the backfield to start the season. But waiting in the wings is the team’s fourth-round selection, Stevenson. Personally, I think Stevenson has more upside than Harris moving forward, given the former’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and his route-running. Stevenson was the most productive running back in the preseason, especially when it came to getting additional yards after contact. Once he’s more acclimated in the offense and is more comfortable with what they want him to do in it, there isn’t any real reason to keep him off the field.”
Harris is an excellent player and he was brilliant with the Patriots last season. He saw action in just 10 games and did 691 yards averaging 5 yards per carry to go along with a couple of touchdowns. He sustained injuries in 2020 and this stopped him from stacking even better numbers.
Well, Harris has a lot to offer and head coach Belichick will get the best from his players. Harris and Stevenson are expected to do wonders in the field in the upcoming season.