RB Corey Dillon - Free Agent

6-1, 225Born: 10-24-1974College: WashingtonDrafted: Round 2, pick 0

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2006 Week 1 vs BUF (16 / 73 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Dillon looking more slender than last season carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards. Dillon shared carries equally with rookie Laurence Moroney on first and second downs.

2006 Week 2 vs NYJ (20 / 80 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon shared carries nearly evenly with Laurence Maroney. He averaged four yards per carry. His long run of 14 yards came on a sweep. However, the majority of Dillon's carries were punishing runs between the tackles. After both Laurence Maroney and Heath Evans had attempts from inside the New York five yard line, Dillon scored the Patriots' first touchdown from a yard out on third and goal. When the Patriots needed a long clock killing drive at the end of the game, Dillon was outstanding.

2006 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon was the starting running back for the Patriots. He left in the second quarter with an apparent arm injury. He finished with five carries for 16 yards.

2006 Week 4 vs CIN (17 / 67 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon shared the backfield with rookie RB Laurence Maroney once again and found 67 yards on 17 mostly tough carries. He scored on his third attempt from inside the one yard line. Splitting carries with the speedy Maroney should help keep Dillon's veteran body fresh for the long haul, but it certainly eats into his fantasy productivity.

2006 Week 5 vs MIA (10 / 45 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon averaged four and half yards a carry in the came, but unfortunately he only had ten carries. The Patriots had trouble converting third downs against a tough Miami defense and sustaining drives. Dillon also split carries with Laurence Maroney throughout the game. He did finish the game as New England's leading rusher with 45 yards.

2006 Week 7 vs BUF (14 / 47 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon started the first New England possession. He sat one series during the drive being replaced by RB Laurence Maroney. After returning to the huddle he pin-balled his way into the end zone for a touchdown from nine yards out. He scored his second touchdown around left end breaking a tackle on their next possession. Dillon looked powerful and did a good job of keeping his balance on both plays, but he noticeably lacked the explosive speed consistently shown by Maroney. Instead of trying to grind out the clock with the running game the Patriots opted to keep a balanced offense throwing the ball just as much as they ran it. This limited Dillon's expected touches in the second half.

2006 Week 8 vs MIN (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)

Dillon was tackled for an eight yard loss on his first carry. The Patriots then switched tactics and started passing the ball. Dillon only had three carries in the entire game; two for a loss and one for a 15 yard gain and a first down. Dillon was targeted once in the passing game and he took it 27 yards for his longest gain of the day.

2006 Week 9 vs IND (13 / 48 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Dillon had a great game statistically on the strength of his two rushing touchdowns. He had the same number of carries, but had a lower average than rookie Laurence Maroney. Dillon had the ball stripped from him early in the third quarter. His second target was tipped at the line and intercepted by Colts' linebacker Cato June.

2006 Week 10 vs NYJ (11 / 98 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Dillon carried 11 times for 98 yards. He had a 50 yard run in the first quarter. It was the first 50 yard run of the Bill Belichick era in New England. Also, it was Dillon's longest run since 2002 when he was with the Bengals. The Corey Dillon of old would have likely scored but the 2006 version ran out of gas and was caught by the defense. Dillon picked up five first downs. The Patriots brought Maroney in when they got into the red zone so Dillon never really got close to scoring.

2006 Week 11 vs GB (12 / 31 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon appeared to be injured after he scored New England's second touchdown on a one yard plunge in the second quarter. He came back later in the game but in a reduced role.

2006 Week 12 vs CHI (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Dillon broke off a nice run early, rushing for 26 yards and a first down on his third carry for Week 12. Dillon was very quiet after that run, however, gaining only three yards on five tries in the second and third quarters. Dillon added three carries in the final period, including his final one where he gained three yards but lost the ball over to the Bears with only two minutes left in the game. Dillon was attempting to pick up a first down to end the game. Fortunately for the Patriots, Chicago turned the ball back over on the next play via an interception. Dillon added just one catch for three yards in the second quarter. It was his only target for Week 12.

2006 Week 13 vs DET (9 / 25 / 3 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Dillon started in the backfield and got the first touch of the game for the Patriots' offense. His touches were limited through the first half as New England relied heavily on the arm of QB Tom Brady and he had to share carries with rookie backup RB Laurence Maroney. However, Dillon took a six yard run off the left side for a touchdown after Brady quickly marched the Patriots down the field. He was gifted his second short touchdown on another power run at the start of the fourth quarter that tied up the game. Even though Maroney was out of the game due to a shot to the head, Dillon was limited in his touches through three quarters because the Lions dominated time of possession and the Patriots turned the ball over twice in the third quarter. Dillon got his third touchdown in a similar fashion. The Patriot offense marched to the goal line and Dillon punched it in from four yards out. Dillon's only two touches in the fourth quarter were both touchdown runs.

2006 Week 14 vs MIA (16 / 79 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Dillon got off to a slow start with runs of one, one and two yards to open the game at the only point of the day which the Patriots were moving the ball through the air, and didn't get going until after the passing game had essentially been shut down for the afternoon. With a long of 17 yards, Dillon fell just short of the five yard per carry mark.

2006 Week 15 vs HOU (20 / 61 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 20 / 0 rec)

Dillon was the first down back through the first half getting a 2:1 ratio of touches in comparison to Kevin Faulk and Heath Evans. He continued to get touches throughout the game, even though the score was approaching a ridiculous margin. Dillon ended up with 25 total touches on 57 plays run by New England.

2006 Week 16 vs JAX (10 / 30 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon was not used as a receiver, and only had ten carries in the game as the Patriots focused on the short passing game. He converted a first down with an eight yard run on the Patriots' second drive and scored from a yard out near the end of the half. Dillon had another eight yard gain on third and inches in the second half but didn't see very much action.

2006 Week 17 vs TEN (12 / 67 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 59 / 0 rec)

Dillon ran well on the muddy field, churning out two touchdowns runs and gained 126 total yards. He rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries, and also caught two screen passes for 59 yards as New England took advantage of the aggressive Titan pass rush. Dillon's 67 rushing yards give him 11,241 career yards, moving him past O.J. Simpson into the 14th spot all time. His 13 rushing TDs this year ties Curtis Martin for the single season franchise record.

2006 Week 18 vs NYJ (10 / 53 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon's afternoon began well enough when he fought through a line of Jets' defenders to power into the end zone for an 11 yard score. Yet two possessions later, Dillon made a then-costly fumble (his first-ever in the postseason) that seemed to swing momentum heavily in New York's favor. After that moment, Dillon didn't make another mistake really all game. He didn't break very man big gains, and his RB counterpart Laurence Maroney actually got the lion's share of the carries (including short yardage), but Dillon was on the field for much of the fourth quarter as the Patriots tried running out the clock. Dillon had a particularly crucial run on a third and one situation in the fourth quarter. He took the handoff and ran laterally down the line until he found a hole. Once there, he burst through it for a seven yard gain and a first down. Kevin Faulk caught a touchdown pass later in the drive that put New England up by 14.

2006 Week 19 vs SD (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon was as big of a non-factor as possible. He had just eight carries, the longest of which went for only five yards. His touches greatly decreased as the game went along, as New England took to the air in the second half almost exclusively and never established the running game.

2006 Week 20 vs IND (7 / 48 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon's game started off extremely well. He had 49 yards and a touchdown after the team's first three possessions. Unfortunately for Dillon, the rest of the game he had minus one yard rushing and

2005 Week 1 vs OAK (23 / 63 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Dillon started the game poorly; the Raiders were able to hold him to one yard on three rushing attempts during the opening drive. A visibly upset Dillon and Brady were seen exchanging words on the sideline after the second drive of the game. Dillon was back in on the next drive and rushed for eight yards on his first carry of that drive. On a fourth and one conversion attempt, Dillon came up just short of the first down. His best play of the game was an eight yard touchdown run after Collins' interception. Dillon benefited from two defensive penalties to power in for a two yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter. His stats looked great with the two TDs but he did not look good for much of the game.

2005 Week 2 vs CAR (14 / 36 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon looked frustrated for the second game in a row and could not find running room in the Carolina defense. The Patriots could not get the running game going in the first half, and seemed to abandon it in the second half, where Dillon had only five carries. He was a non factor in the passing game with 0 targets and was replaced by Kevin Faulk on third downs.

2005 Week 3 vs PIT (22 / 61 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Dillon started off the day on a roll, eluding tacklers in the backfield on a couple pf plays to avoid losing yardage. He punched in for the first score of the day on a four yard goal line run. As the game wore on, however, he looked slower and was stuffed for little to no gain several times. He appeared hurt at one point, and was replaced by Kevin Faulk with about seven minutes remaining in the second quarter. He would return in the third quarter. He did manage a few good runs late in the game as the Patriots fought to take the lead, and he scored his second touchdown on a seven yard rush where he leapt into the end zone late in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots the lead. On the drive for the winning field goal, Dillon was replaced by Faulk and did not return to the game when Faulk was hobbled; Faulk instead gave way to Patrick Pass.

2005 Week 4 vs SD (14 / 63 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Once again, Dillon found the end zone. Yet once again, his overall rushing stats left a lot to be desired. Dillon had a hard time getting untracked, save for one big gain up the right side. Excluding that one run, Dillon carried 13 times for just 34 yards. Obviously, that run cannot merely be tossed aside. But it is very telling that half of his production came on just one run. Dillon simply wasn't consistent enough to enable New England to sustain very many drives in the game. His role in the passing game was, as usual, limited, as he only saw one target come his way (on a well-executed screen pass).

2005 Week 5 vs ATL (23 / 106 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Dillon had yet another solid game, even though he failed to find the end zone. Dillon eclipsed 100 rushing yards by the end of the third quarter, and was generally moving the pile constantly all day long. The Patriots were opening up good running lanes, and Dillon used them to his full advantage. Dillon also achieved a personal milestone, as he went over 10,000 yards for his career. He is the 18th player to accomplish that feat. Unfortunately for Dillon, he wasn't able to add much to that total as he suffered a leg injury at some point in the late third early fourth quarter. He didn't return to action, but also did not talk to reporters after the game. We should know more about his status as the week goes on. Dillon owners caught a bad break in the first quarter. Patrick Pass scored on a six yard touchdown run after Dillon had carried the ball three consecutive plays to get the team there.

2005 Week 8 vs BUF (18 / 72 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon's role in the running game changed when Patrick Pass went down with a hamstring injury. Despite being hurt himself, he turned in a gutsy performance that included two second half touchdown runs. His consistent running earned several first downs, and ended up being the difference in the game. He was a non-factor in the passing game.

2005 Week 9 vs IND (12 / 40 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Dillon's opportunities were limited by the disparity on the scoreboard. He had adequate numbers when he did get touches in the first half, although his second quarter lost fumble essentially ended his chances for the night. The Colts went up big, and the Patriots abandoned the running game. That said, Dillon clearly ran hard when he got the ball and did not look hampered by the injuries he's been battling.

2005 Week 10 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon opened the game in the starting lineup, but left after just one play. The television announcers received word from the Patriots' sideline that it was a calf injury, and Dillon was probable to return, but did not. The tight lipped Patriots camp will probably have little to say about this during the course of the week, though the most telling sign may be if they sign yet another running back this week to provide depth for their depleted stable.

2005 Week 13 vs NYJ (16 / 65 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

Dillon returned after sitting out nearly three games with a calf injury. He was rusty and looked slow in the first half, when he gained only 15 yards on six carries. After halftime Dillon was sharper and had 50 yards on ten attempts with a long gain of 14. Dillon had a one yard touchdown to cap the Patriots' opening drive of the second half. He also contributed four receptions.

2005 Week 14 vs BUF (22 / 102 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Corey Dillon had a good day and carried the ball 22 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. The game marked the first time he had exceeded 20 carries in a game since Week 5 of the season. Dillon gained several first downs and his longest run of the day went for 21 yards. He made several tacklers miss on a screen pass for another 20 yard gain. The highlight of his performance was a 12 yard run to the right where he outran the defense and just got in at the corner of the end zone.

2005 Week 15 vs TB (19 / 48 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 15 / 1 rec)

Dillon frequently found the running room hard to come by in this game. He gained only 48 yards on 19 carries. If you take away his long run of 14 yards, Dillon averaged less than two yards per attempt. However, Dillon did reach the end zone twice, once on a three yard second quarter run and once on a two yard flip from Tom Brady. Dillon added three other receptions.

2005 Week 16 vs NYJ (26 / 77 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dillon started the game but began slowly, and averaged just under three yards a carry. He wasn't able to find much room to run and went down easily after first contact. He did prove his mettle, however, carrying the ball 26 times, his largest load of the season so far. He scored the Patriots' final two touchdowns of the game, the first on an inside run that he broke off-tackle, and the second on a one yard plunge up the middle. Dillon didn't catch a pass, however, snapping a streak of three consecutive games with four catches. Dillon, whose yards per carry sits at a career low 3.6, seems to have lost a step this year and, at 31, may be relegated to backup duties in the coming years.