When the Raiders drafted Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, it didn’t take long for them to show Lamont Jordan the door. It also didn’t take long for him to find a new team; the New England Patriots had a need for depth at the running back position. Backs Laurence Maroney and Sammy Morris missed significant time in 2007, forcing 3rd down specialist Kevin Faulk and backups Heath Evans and Kyle Eckel to fill the gaps. The Patriots hope that Jordan can relieve the starters for a few reps, or even find a specific role to play in the offense.
The veteran had a solid 2006 season, racking up 1,025 yards and nine touchdowns, but had a 2007 campaign that was hampered by injuries. Jordan only managed three touchdowns and 549 yards in 12 games (7 starts). He said that his body seemed to be responding to contact in practice normally, and that he is starting the season healthy.
In his first practice sessions with the Pats, Jordan worked on red-zone plays and screen plays, possible long term roles for him to fill.
“Lamont adds some quality depth to our backfield,” coach Bill Belichick said after the first practice. “He’s tough to tackle, a hard runner, and good in the passing game.”