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Week 1 vs. BUF
Rushing: 10 / 32 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 2 targets
Maroney had a few decent runs, but he failed to convert a 4th and 1 early in the game, and he was generally thwarted by an aggressive Bills defense. Maroney did not get any goal line looks, which is a big hit to his expected value . He still clearly has the freshest legs of any Pats RB, but he didn't do anything to stake a claim to a larger role Monday night.
Week 2 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 6 / 23 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Maroney ran tougher than his reputation, and he made sharp and decisive cuts on his carries. When he was targeted in the passing game, his poor hands showed why that is a rare occurrence in the Pats offense.
Week 3 vs. ATL
Rushing: 4 / 17 / 0
Maroney had a few solid runs inside and outside early in the game before leaving with a thigh bruise. With Fred Taylor's emergence, it's probably safe to drop Maroney.
Week 4 vs. BAL
Rushing: 7 / 6 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 17 / 0 on 1 targets
Maroney got the early work, but didn't too anything to distinguish himself in this crowded backfield. He danced a little too much, although his move on a catch and run created at least 5-10 yards, and he had another very long catch and run called back by penalty.
Week 5 vs. DEN
Rushing: 5 / 21 / 0
Maroney had a good day running the football, but only received limited opportunities as the Patriots featured Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk more. He did a good job of following his blockers and driving his legs when he carried the football. Maroney didn't make too many moves behind the line of scrimmage, but did make subtle moves that helped set up defenders on the second level. One of the reasons he may not have had more playing time is his failure in pass protection. He completely missed on linebacker Andra Davis as he was blitzing up the middle, and it forced Tom Brady to throw the ball away as he was getting dragged to the ground.
Week 6 vs. TEN
Rushing: 16 / 123 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 10 / 0 on 3 targets
Maroney entered the game after Sammie Morris was injured on the third play from scrimmage. Maroney took full advantage of the opportunity, taking his first three touches for 22 yards before ripping off an impressive 45 yard run up the middle for a touchdown. Most of Maroney's carries between the tackles gouged the Titans for 7 or more yards. He was less successful to the outside but still managed to cut back upfield and gain 3 or 4 yards on most of his touches around the end. If Morris and Fred Taylor continue to miss time to injury, Maroney could put together a nice season as the Patriots vaunted passing offense opens up the box for the run game.
Week 7 vs. TB
Rushing: 13 / 43 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
This was a less than spectacular showing by Maroney, and not for lack of opportunity. Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis also got carries, but Maroney got the starting nod and the bulk of the carries. He was hesitant hitting the hole and on the occasions in which he had a little bit of running room, could never seem to shed the first tackler. Maroney's saving grace was a good series to put away the game. From the Bucs 18 yard line, he had consecutive carries of 13, 5, and 1 (for the TD).
Week 9 vs. MIA
Rushing: 20 / 82 / 1
Laurence Maroney drew the starting job in Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins, and he dominated touches out of the backfield. Maroney ran hard and hit the holes and edges quickly, getting as much as he could against a stingy Miami defense. Maroney had the only rushing touchdown on a short 1-yard plunge but he never broke any long runs on the day. He should remain the starter until Sammy Morris returns, which is expected in two weeks.
Week 10 vs. IND
Rushing: 13 / 31 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 2 targets
Laurence Maroney shared the New England backfield with Kevin Faulk in Week 10 against the Colts, with Maroney getting more carries on the night. Maroney struggled to gain much inside against the Colts, which was surprising given that run defense was their alleged weakness. Maroney did punch it in from one-yard out to get the first New England score of the night. Maroney is scheduled for a demotion on the depth chart as soon as Sammy Morris returns, which could be as soon as next week.
Week 11 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 22 / 77 / 2
Maroney kept the Jets defensive front off balance the entire contest. He did a brilliant job mixing up his running styles, tip toeing between tackles with elusiveness on some plays, and then pushing the pile with punishing runs on others. There were several runs in this game where Maroney could have been confused for one, Marion Barber. Maroney received all of the goal line work, scoring 2 TDs, which bodes well for his owners after last week's debacle where his goal line fumble cost the Pats the win against the Colts. He had a bruising 9 yard run to the Jets 1 yard line late in the 4th quarter, and after two failed QB sneaks at the goal line, he punched it in for the Patriots final score of the game. Maroney now has 6 rushing TD's in the last 5 games and looks to have overcome the dreadful performance of last week. Start him with confidence going forward as the Patriots coaching staff clearly is.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis --- The Patriots used Green-Ellis as Maroney's backup in this game to keep him fresh and was limited to just 5 carries for 10 yards.
Week 12 vs. NO
Rushing: 15 / 64 / 2
Receiving: 3 / 23 / 0 on 3 targets
Maroney had an inspired performance, even if he did fumble yet again in the second half. He ran with toughness, patient, and a nice burst. His night kicked off with a long cutback run behind a Logan Mankins block, and the team trusted him to convert a 4th-and-1 inside the five-yard line that Maroney easily took into the end zone behind great blocking. He also walked in for a second TD in the 4th quarter, which came after his fumble, so you know the coaches still trust him. Maroney is running angry, leaving tacklers in his wake and generating tremendous leg drive. He is still in line for a big role down the stretch, enough to have flex, if not RB2 value.
Week 13 vs. MIA
Rushing: 13 / 41 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
Once again, Maroney ran hard in this game, showing good lean, getting good push, and falling forward for positive yardage, but was held in check all day by a stingy Dolphins defensive front. He did yield 12 carries to a healthy Morris and Kevin Faulk, but still was the lead back in the Patriots ground game with 13 carries. The Pats gave him some opportunities in the red zone, but he was unable to do what he had done in his 6 previous games, being held out of the end zone.
Week 14 vs. CAR
Rushing: 22 / 94 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 17 / 0 on 3 targets
Once again, Maroney ran with good patience, power and lean, as he continues to get the bulk of the work in the Patriots rushing attack. His longest run, a 17 yard scamper off the edge, was set up by a nice block on Julius Peppers by TE Chris Baker. The line seems to be blocking hard for him as his physical contagious style inspires his teammates. The Pats gave the ball to Maroney inside the final two minutes of the game where he converted a 4th and 1, allowing NE to run out the clock.
Week 15 vs. BUF
Rushing: 23 / 81 / 1
Maroney continues to be the dominating force in the Patriots rushing attack, touting the rock 23 times and getting almost all of the handoffs in the backfield. He found pay dirt yet again, and is developing a reputation and nose for the end zone. Maroney was the benefactor of some good blocking by the offensive line at the goal line, scoring his 9th rushing TD of the year. He showed good drive by keeping his legs churning, running hard, and setting the Patriots up for a plethora of 3rd and short distances, which made the play calling more manageable. Look for Maroney to continue as the team's featured back as they get ready for post season. And if he continues his steady play, he just may end up being the workhorse back they're looking for going into next season.
Week 16 vs. JAX
Rushing: 5 / 22 / 0
The roller coaster season continues for the young, talented NE running back. Maroney fumbled at the goal line on New England's opening drive, which has clouded his role heading into the week 17 and beyond. He started the game with four strong carries for 19 yards, but only saw the ball once more the entire game, after his goal-line turnover. With a healthy Fred Taylor returning to the mix, and Sammy Morris having a monster game, Maroney's role is diminishing and his status is now in doubt.
Week 18 vs. BAL
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Maroney started and got the first carry, but the big hole the Pats fell in early made him irrelevant.