Patriots Lost Leading Rusher, Still Deep In Backfield

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Dion Lewis during the AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars in January. (Elsa/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Patriots' leading-rusher last year was Dion Lewis. He totaled 896 yards and six touchdowns, while averaging five yards per attempt and 56 yards per game. Lewis paced the Pats' running backs in every category, but left for the Titans in the offseason as a free agent.

Training camp's underway for the 2018 season, and New England returns Rex Burkhead, James White, Mike Gillislee, and Brandon Bolden, and the club also added veteran Jeremy Hill and drafted Georgia's Sony Michel 31st overall.

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Michel's a four-year product of the Bulldogs. He accumulated more than 42-hundred yards and 39 touchdowns in his 47 games. Burkhead's a fan.

"Great kid," Burkhead said. "Coming in, he's got a lot of talent, and it's been fun to work with him. He's a humble kid. Not coming in with a lot of rah-rah talking, you know, coming in head down, doing his job."

Michel said he's looking forward to sponging knowledge from his fellow backs.

"James White and many more, Brandon, Rex, a lot of those guys in that room I get to learn from, and I think that's pretty cool," Michel said.

If history's any indication, expect a running back by committee situation most weeks.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

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