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|While Damien Harris technically got the ceremonial start in more games, the Patriots seemed to commit to a true workhorse back this past season when they began featuring Rhamondre Stevenson. Stevenson impressed in his opportunity, generating nearly five yards per carry to go along with 69 receptions, accumulating nearly 1,500 total yards and six total touchdowns along the way.
After letting Harris walk this off-season, there was some concern the team wasn't fully committed to Stevenson when they eventually brought in another veteran, James Robinson. That didn't last long as the former Jaguars standout back was cut early in camp (and has now signed with the Giants). A quick glance at the Patriots depth chart shows very few reasons to be concerned because the team really has not invested much in the position at all. Players like Kevin Harris and Pierre Strong Jr. both were on the roster a season ago and barely saw any playing time. Ty Montgomery was another off-season acquisition and his history as a wide receiver has some people worried about him taking passing game snaps away from Stevenson, but realistically he's been nothing more than a journeyman player throughout his career. He hasn't caught more than 25 passes in a season since 2016 and there's no reason to be worried that he's suddenly going to be featured, at 30 years old, over Stevenson.
The biggest knock on Stevenson is probably that he's in this New England offense that most people expect to be pretty bad. Concerns, of course, are that they will be bad enough that they will not be able to feature the running game as much as they have historically and that could lead to fewer touches for Stevenson. But it would be tough for the offense to be much worse than it was in 2022 when Stevenson was already a borderline RB1 while conceding about a third of the backfield carries to Damien Harris.
Stevenson is a player who fantasy managers should be targeting near the end of the second round or the beginning of the third round. Particularly managers who are wide receiver heavy in Rounds 1 and 2 could really stack their rosters by drafting a reliable mid-to-low-end RB1 like Stevenson.
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