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Patriots RB battle: Mike Gillislee perfect for lead; Dion Lewis still has a role

Determining how the Patriots will use their running backs under Bill Belichick is a guessing game from year to year. The 2017 season will be no different, but New England can’t hide from tipping its hand on Mike Gillislee.

The Pats got aggressive by spending good money to take Gillislee away from the AFC East-rival Bills as a restricted free agent in April. At the same time, LeGarrette Blount quickly faded from the team’s re-signing interest.

Blount scored 18 touchdowns off his 306 total touches with the Patriots last Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys season. Gillislee had nine scores in just 110 with the Bills. The common misconception was that Blount, at 6-0, 250 pounds, was the ultimate power back just because he’s big and bruising when he runs past defenders in the second level. But he averaged only 3.9 yards per carry, and other than his nose for the goal line, he stood out because of several long bursts.

Thoughts: The second round can be a different animal. Remember 2014, when Stanton and Jose Bautista hit the most home runs in the first round? Neither guy made it to the finals. In 2010, Corey Hart hit 13 in the opening round (four more than anyone else), then zero in the second. Both of these guys are in their first derby, so this one’s hard to pick. I’m going with the beard again.
Winner: Blackmon

Thoughts: Seriously, I’m just not picking Cheap NFL Jerseys against Stanton in his home park, in an event he was built for. Nope.
Winner: Mr. Stanton