- May 31, 2007
We didn’t “need” a first round RB, which was entirely my point. Before the draft, we had Burkhead, Gillislee, and White in the fold. Clearly, you can’t rely on Burkhead staying healthy but they also had Gillislee who was only a likely cut because they spent a 1st on Michel. And then they added additional depth in Hill.I wish people would stop saying stuff like this. Pats did need a RB with Lewis gone and Gillislee a likely cut. And Michel is playing a lot, tied for the team lead in carries despite missing Week 1. You can quibble with the positional value or the injury risk or whatever, but the need was there.
Michel was and remains a dumb pick for this team. He is only leading the team in carries because Hill and Burkhead got hurt and because they were trying to force feed him against Detroit, which failed miserably.
I sure hope that Michel provides some kind of value as the season progresses.