By Matt Noonan
Kevin Faulk (New England Patriots/Running Back): This was a no-brainer.
Kevin Faulk knew he was going to be playing for the New England Patriots this season, but it was only a matter of time until the paperwork was officially filed. On Saturday, he inked his name to a new contract, as well as expressed his excitement for the upcoming season.
He stated the following to the media: “Before the lockout started, Bill [Belichick] called me and told me, ‘Look, Kevin, I want you on my team in 2011,’ and that was motivation enough for me to go out and rehab my butt off and get ready for the season, whenever it may be and whenever it may come. So, that was pretty much enough for me,” (courtesy of ESPNBoston.com).
The veteran halfback has spent his entire 12-year career in Foxborough, Massachusetts, as well as was a member of all three Super Bowl teams too, (’01, ’03 and ’04). He spent a majority of last season on the sidelines after he tore his ACL during the Patriots week two contest against the New York Jets.
Faulk’s best season with the Patriots was in ’03, as the running back tallied 638 yards on 178 carries and averaged 42.5 yards per game, but didn’t record a single rushing or receiving touchdown.
All in all, this is a great move because New England has a variety of young rookies and second-year players on their roster that’ll gel quite well under Faulk’s tutelage.
Career Numbers: 154 games/3,550 rushing yards/16 rushing touchdowns/ 3,667 receiving yards/ 15 touchdown receptions