New Patriots Running Back Rhamondre Stevenson Compares to LaGarrette Blount

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The Patriots selected two players out of Oklahoma during the NFL Draft.  One was edge rusher Ronnie Perkins and the other was running back Rhamondre Stevenson. 

Photo courtesy of Sooners Wire

Head Coach Bill Belichick selected Stevenson with the No. 120 selection in the fourth round.  The 6-foot, 231-pound Stevenson will now be added to an already deep running back group in New England. 

Stevenson comes to New England after spending two years playing JUCO football before landing with the Sooners.  He rushed for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns over the course of 19 games with Oklahoma. 

His college running backs coach, former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had high praise for Stevenson.  He also helped him learn how to not let the first defender bring him down. 


“You have to make the first person miss, whether you break the tackle or juke and make them miss,” Stevenson said.  “You can never let the first person tackle you.”


His former Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said Stevenson got better over the course of his time with the Sooners.  “When you get a guy that’s tough to tackle and has some breakaway and catches the ball pretty good and is able to jump cut right and left, great feet, it’s a good combination,” said Riley. 


Stevenson is extremely excited about landing with the Patriots.  He also referenced a former Patriots running back during his introductory press conference who he compares to. 


“I’m pretty familiar with the history of the running backs that the Patriots have,” Stevenson said on his introductory conference call.  “One that comes to mind is LeGarrette Blount.  I love his game.  I just love how north and south of a runner he was.  I know J.J. Taylor and Sony Michel, not personally but I watch their game, respect their game to the fullest.  So I’m just glad to be in that room with them.”


During his time in New England, Blount was the perfect north-and-south runner for Belichick’s offense. Blount, who rushed for 1,161 yards and an NFL-best 18 touchdowns as a Patriot in 2016, used his size to pound defenses during his time in the NFL. 


One thing that Stevenson brings to New England that Blount didn’t is the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. 


“I just know in the NFL, you have to be very versatile,” Stevenson said.  “So versatility, I take very much pride in.  I just try to be a complete back.  That’s the main objective in my eyes, and that’s what I’m going to try to get done.”


Stevenson will also provide long term depth for the Patriots.  The team re-signed James White during the offseason to a one-year deal and have to decide to pick up Sony Michel’s fifth-year option. 


The Patriots will add Stevenson to a group that includes Damien Harris.  The two could provide a tough one-two punch in the backfield while Michel provides an additional change of pace for Josh McDaniels offense. 




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