June 19, 2024


“You place one in for the opposite and there’s no drop-off.”

New England Patriots' Ezekiel Elliott along with J.J. Taylor (42) and Ameer Speed (28) walk to practice for NFL football training camp Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Green Bay, Wis.
Ezekiel Elliott will bolster New England’s running-back group this season. (AP Photograph/Morry Gash)

Rely Dante Scarnecchia among the many rising quantity of soccer personnel and gamers who consider that Ezekiel Elliott will reach his new dwelling in Foxborough.

Throughout his weekly look on WEEI’s “Gresh and Fauria” present, the previous longtime Patriots offensive-line coach believes that Elliott’s skillset as a short-yardage weapon, pass-catching menace and succesful blocker ought to additional bolster New England’s offense. 

Particularly, Scarnecchia thinks that Elliott and New England’s prime operating again Rhamondre Stevenson will each profit from sharing reps in Invoice O’Brien’s offense.

“I feel each these guys, Rhamondre and Ezekiel Elliott, have confirmed that they will play within the Nationwide Soccer League,” Scarnecchia mentioned, as transcribed by WEEI.com’s Mike Kadlick. “I do know that Rhamondre is an actual menace out of the again subject and I additionally know that so is [Elliott]. The extra that you could have guys which have the flexibility to do this, to run with velocity … and energy and finesse when it’s required, and are capable of catch the ball, I feel it simply provides you a two-headed monster.”  

“You place one in for the opposite and there’s no drop-off. In case you’ve received that potential that’s a reasonably good factor. I feel we’re all anxious to see wherein route that goes, see what Ezekiel is like at this level in his profession, the opposite man we all know, three years within the league and is on the upswing.”

Despite the fact that Stevenson will probably sit atop New England’s depth chart, the Patriots have already thrown regular reps at Elliott throughout his first two practices with New England.

After solely participating in non-contact drills on Wednesday throughout New England’s first joint-practice session towards the Packers, MassLive.com’s Mark Daniels had Elliott down for 14 snaps throughout 11-on-11 drills on Thursday in Inexperienced Bay. Elliott ran in for 2 touchdowns throughout a aggressive apply, and in addition reeled in a catch from Mac Jones.

“Two guys that may actually make issues onerous for the protection,” Scarnecchia mentioned of each Stevenson and Elliott. “And I at all times consider this, and I consider this with all my coronary heart: good backs make the lineman higher. As a result of they’ll discover the holes, particularly these backs which have nice imaginative and prescient, they’ll discover what’s there… you normally do fairly nicely with guys like that.”

As for the state of New England’s offensive line, Scarnecchia isn’t hitting the panic button at this stage of the preseason. Regardless of final Thursday’s lackluster displaying towards the Texans’ move rush, Scarnecchia believes that it’s powerful to gauge the play of a unit that’s nonetheless lacking quite a few anticipated starters. 

“I don’t understand how a lot they’re battling their finest guys on the market,” Scarnecchia mentioned. “All of us noticed what occurred the opposite evening. Look — I’m all for taking part in these younger guys as a lot as you possibly can and accelerating the rising course of with these guys as a result of one or two of these guys could find yourself taking part in this yr, you by no means know. … “I might hope that right here within the second preseason recreation and particularly this week after they’re practising towards Inexperienced Bay and so they’re not having to dam [Josh] Uche and so they’re not having to dam [Matt] Judon and people guys and impulsively it could get just a little bit higher.

“Or it could nonetheless be a wrestle, I don’t know. However I might hope that they, presently, and positively by subsequent week, that issues could be rather a lot higher and extra the way in which that they’d need them to be.”