The Pats walloped the Browns 45-7 this past Sunday. The defense stifled Cleveland’s offense. Mac Jones had a nearly perfect day. Jacobi Meyers finally scored his first NFL touchdown. The story of the day though, was Rhamondre Stevenson, the first year RB out of Oklahoma, who ran for 100 yards and two scores, while also catching four passes. He gashed Cleveland’s defense all game long, as the entire offense flowed through him.
This now begs the question: is this a sign of things to come?
What We Know
New England used a fourth-round pick on Stevenson, who is a six-foot, 230-pound bruiser. Bill loves his mid-round picks, so selecting him in that spot means something.
Stevenson had a decent career at OU, rushing for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns across two seasons, while also showing soft hands out of the backfield. He’s not a burner, but his 4.64 40-time is respectable for 230-pounder. The former Sooner is fully capable of wearing out a defense with a smash mouth running style, all while still posing a threat as a receiver.
Rhamondre Stevenson got his chance to showcase these skills on Sunday after Damien Harris was ruled out. He did not disappoint.
There’s a decent chance Harris doesn’t play on Thursday Night Football. He still has a few hurdles to get over as it relates to his concussion, and it’s a short week. Assuming he’s a no-go, Stevenson gets another good opportunity against a vulnerable Falcons defense. What if he crushes it again?
Harris and Stevenson are similar runners. No breakaway speed, but can shed tackles and handle an every-down workload. Stevenson is a superior receiver, though. While Brandon Bolden has stepped in as the lead receiving back with James White out, it wouldn’t hurt the offense to have a do-it-all option out of the backfield. Could that be Stevenson?
One thing’s for sure; this is a good problem to have. The Patriots are one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC right now, and the emergence of another offensive weapon only adds to that threat. Rhamondre Stevenson could be a valuable piece moving forward, no matter who he shares running back duties with.
This isn’t a Jonas Gray situation. Expect to see a lot more of big #38.
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