This offseason, the New England Patriots inked veteran RB Joseph Addai to the roster, but according to one source he now appears to be on the bubble to make the final roster. Shalise Manza Young of Boston.com doesn’t think Addai is on the bubble, but rather, will be a roster cut before the start of the regular season.
Boston.com reports that Addai has not looked impressive in offseason workouts for the Patriots. This is exactly the same feeling that fellow thepigskinreport write, Rob Kelley suggested back in May. Mr. Kelley suggested that Addai no longer possessed decent speed and didn’t seem to fit the Patriots offensive scheme.
Shortly after it was announced that veteran QB Peyton Manning was signed by the Denver Broncos, speculation swirled about which former Indianapolis Colts players might be joining him in the Mile High City. Dallas Clark and Addai immediately came to the forefront of those discussions. Neither player garnered much interest from the Broncos as Clark joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Addai signed with the Patriots.
Addai has appeared in all 16 regular season games only once in his career and has struggled with injuries recently in his career, playing in just 20 games in the last two years. The LSU product only managed 433 yards on the ground in 2011, scoring just one touchdown and posting his longest run of the season of just 16 yards.
Under head coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots seemingly always bring in a veteran running back, but Boston.com seems to think that New England will head into the roster with four running backs, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead and fullback Tony Fiammetta.