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The New England Patriots’ running back position is well set for the 2021 season. Damien Harris and Sony Michel project as the one-two punch on early downs, while James White was re-signed to serve as a receiving back. Add veteran Brandon Bolden and youngster J.J. Taylor as depth options and you get one of the better running back rooms in football.

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However, that does not mean the club won’t be willing to invest further resources at the position. Running backs have been devalued for almost 20 years now, but New England has always tried to find good value and talent regardless of how the rest of the league is operating.

If the club wants to do that again this year, Chris Evans might be an option on the third day of the draft.

Name: Chris Evans

Position: Running back

School: Michigan (Redshirt Senior)

Opening day age: 23

2020 stats: 6 games (1 start); 16 carries, 73 yards, 1 touchdown; 9 catches, 87 yards

Size: 5110, 211 lbs, 76 wingspan, 32 1/2 arm, 9 3/4 hand

Workout numbers: 4.51 40-yard dash, 40 1/2 Womens Brandon Bolden Jersey, broad jump, 10’7” vertical jump, 4.14 short shuttle, 6.85 3-cone drill, 20 bench press reps

Expected round: 6th-7th

Patriots pre-draft meeting: N/A

Strengths: Evans offers a good build and desirable athletic measurements to succeed at the next level. His speed and quickness are solid; his hand size allows him to plug balls out of the air and tightly hold onto them when playing in bad weather; his strength serves him well when asked to pass protect. He also has the explosiveness to be a “touch-and-go” player both as a receiver and when asked to carry the football.

Evans moves well when in the open field, which helps him to get free on wheel or intermediate routes. He does not tip his hand when moving into his route, which allows him to separate from hesitant linebackers at the second level.

He also knows how to stay low and runs with a good pad level and steady base — being able to squeeze through holes or evade technically sloppy tackle attempts. Even though his production fell off a cliff later during his career at Michigan, he has put up some solid numbers in 2016 and 2017 while showing his skills as a multi-dimensional player capable of helping in the running and passing games.

Weaknesses: Evans has an adequate athletic foundation but with the exception of his vertical and broad jump numbers does not necessarily stand out among his peers. He can function at the NFL level, but will likely not offer much as Color Rush Brandon Bolden Jersey, an early-down back or bell-cow runner while his limited opportunities after a solid start in Ann Arbor raises some questions: he took a statistical step back in 2018, sat out 2019 due to academic reasons, and in 2020 touched the football only 25 combined times for 160 scrimmage yards.

Evans also is on the older side for a rookie, already turning 24 in October. There is a chance he already hit his ceiling and will be nothing special at the next level despite his positional versatility and upside in the passing game. On top of it all, he will have to work on his ball security at the next level: while he brings some well-sized mitts to the table, he fumbled the ball four times on 369 career touches.

Why the Patriots? As NESN’s Doug Kyed found out, in terms of measurements there is no running back in this year’s draft class that fits what New England is looking for quite like Evans. Even beyond his athletic skillset and size he might be a player the Patriots are keeping a close eye on: he can contribute in the passing game and as such is a candidate to be groomed behind James White to possibly take over after the 2021 season.

Why not the Patriots? The Patriots already have a well-established receiving back on their roster in James White, and also employ J.J. Taylor as a potential change-of-pace option behind him. With Taylor having his moments during his 2020 rookie season, New England might not be willing to roll the dice on another developmental back on the third day of the draft.

What would be his role in New England in 2021? With James White recently re-signed to a one-year contract, the top three positions on New England’s running back depth chart all appear to be set in stone. While things can always change due to injury or possible other transactions — Sony Michel might be a trade candidate — Evans would serve primarily as an emergency option. Taking a redshirt year is nothing new for Patriots Royal Brandon Bolden Jersey, backs: both White and Damien Harris did just that upon their arrival. Evans would probably take the same route.

What would be his role in New England beyond 2021? With both Sony Michel and James White headed for unrestricted free agency next year, Evans would be a prime candidate to take on a bigger role within the Patriots’ offense. Realistically, he would help the team replace White’s contributions in the passing game — thus ideally serving as the next third-down and up-tempo back.

Does he have positional versatility? As far as running backs are concerned Evans is certainly no one-dimensional player. He can contribute as a ball carrier and a receiver, even though his touches have been limited at Michigan. His abilities in the passing game, however, are primarily why he might hear his name called in the draft: he is better suited to fill a third-down role than to become an early-down back like Damien Harris or Sony Michel, even though he has shown he can very well succeed as a runner.

What is his special teams value? With the exception of Rex Burkhead, the Patriots shied away from extensively using their running backs in the kicking game last year. That does not mean Evans will have no value in the game’s third phase, though. He could possibly replace Burkhead’s contributions on kickoff and punt return units as well as the punt coverage squad. As a side-note, he served as special teams coordinator at Huron High School during his 2019 season away from the Wolverines.

Which current Patriots will he have to beat out? While only Damien Harris and James White can be considered locks to make New England’s roster next year, Evans would not compete against early-down back Sony Michel. Instead, his competition for a roster spot would come in the form of Brandon Bolden and especially J.J. Taylor: the battle between the youngsters would be an intriguing one to watch over the summer.

Verdict: The Patriots like to plan a year ahead when it comes to their draft picks, and picking Evans would allow them to do just that. While he was somewhat lost within Michigan’s offensive backfield rotation in 2020, he could become a solid role player for New England further down the line — and possibly a James White replacement at one point.

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An undrafted free agent of the New England Patriots back in 2018, cornerback J.C. Jackson jumped on to the scene as a third-year player for the team this past season. The Maryland product recorded 40 tackles, 14 passes defended and an eye-opening nine interceptions.

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Pro Football Focus metrics note that the 25-year-old Jackson has allowed a mere 51.5% completion mark since joining the Patriots in 2018. As an undrafted free agent, Jackson hit the open market as a restricted free agent this past March. In turn, New England handed him a second-round tenure that the former Authentic J.C. Jackson Jersey, Terp star almost immediately signed.

Even then, there’s no guarantee that Jackson will be on the Patriots’ roster in 2021. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Pats are potentially looking to move him ahead of or during the coming 2021 NFL Draft. Here’s a look at three potential trade scenarios.

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New England Patriots trade J.C. Jackson to the Kansas City Chiefs
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Dec 20, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) runs the ball after intercepting a pass against Youth J.C. Jackson Jersey, the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Patriots get: Second-round pick in 2021 (63rd overall), third-round pick in 2022
Chiefs get: J.C. Jackson
It’s not a secret that Kansas City needs to find an upgrade or two at cornerback during the 2021 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, they are now likely to go offensive line in the first round after moving off starting tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz earlier in the offseason. Yielding a low second-round pick next week and a future third rounder for Jackson would make the most sense here.

As for the Patriots, this is pretty much the best that they can ask for in return for a still-unproven and oftentimes inconsistent performer. Whether Bill Belichick and Co. trade Jackson to a conference rival that has won two consecutive AFC titles remains to be seen.

Read More: New England Patriots mock draft: Seven-round predictions with trades

New England Patriots trade J.C. Jackson to the Tennessee Titans
Patriots get: Second-round pick in 2021 (53rd overall), fourth-round pick (126th overall)
Titans get: J.C. Jackson
This past season saw the Titans give up 36 passing touchdowns against 15 interceptions. Sure an anemic pass rush played a role here. With that said, it was one of the major downfalls for an otherwise good team. After having moved off Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler earlier in the offseason, cornerback is a need. With that said, the Titans are likely going to address the edge pass rush in the first round.

Rather than picking up a future selection, New England opts to add to its stockpile with this hypothetical trade. More than anything, it would enable Belichick and Co. to potentially move up the board in the first round for that J.C. Jackson Jersey Amazon, much-needed quarterback. It almost makes too much sense.

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New England Patriots trade J.C. Jackson to the San Francisco 49ers
NFL trades: Carolina Panthers trade for Jimmy Garoppolo
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Patriots get: Jimmy Garoppolo
49ers get: J.C. Jackson, third-round pick in 2021 (96th overall)
To say that the Patriots have been linked to Garoppolo would be a massive understatement. After San Francisco moved up to the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, interest was still there from New England’s standpoint. The idea would be to reunite with Garoppolo and find an upgrade over Cam Newton. The issue here is that San Francisco is asking a first-round pick in exchange for Garoppolo. That’s a non-starter for the Pats.

Instead, the 49ers acquire a young cornerback who fits their scheme to a T. It’s a need even after San Francisco re-signed K’Waun Williams, Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley in free agency. Add in the 96th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and this is a move the 49ers might be willing to make.

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Recently, here at Inside The Iggles, we’ve been taking the opportunity to talk to 2021 NFL Draft prospects that could potentially land with the Philadelphia Eagles. We’re shifting gears a little bit for this one as we had the chance to catch up with second-year running back Jason Huntley.

2020 was a rough season for the Birds, but Huntley, Authentic Jason Huntley Jersey, along with several other young players, gives this team hope as they move forward.

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We’ve talked about 32 quite often in the past whether it was the Nyheim Hines comparison, his breakout potential in 2020, or how he could be integrated into the gameplan. New head coach Nick Sirianni might be the perfect coach to unlock the young tailback’s potential. Only time will tell.

Who better to ask than the Philadelphia Eagles star?
If you’re like us, you’ve probably been wondering what’s going on in 32’s world. How does he feel about all of this? We asked him about his plans for the 2021 season. Here’s some of what the 22-year-old offered as a response:

“I’m ecstatic [for 2021]. I wanted to do so much last year but it was honestly good for me to learn. I got to learn different types of coverages, pick up from other player’s games like Miles [Sanders], Boston [Scott], and Corey [Clement]. I’m excited to go out there and show what I can bring to the table. I want to go out there and help us win some games.”

With Jason’s versatility, he’ll certainly be a weapon who can contribute in 2021. He hinted at something that plays a big role in making those Navy Jason Huntley Jersey, contributions which isn’t just learning but also film study. Huntley emphasized the importance of this in our conversation:

“Film is number one. If you’re not watching film, it’s over with. You can pick up little tendencies from fire zone blitzes to things the defensive lineman do to two gapping to stunts.

Honestly, the film is to your advantage. If you’re not watching film, it’s a disadvantage. It’s extremely important. From when I’m in the building to when I leave the building, I’m watching the film and staying in the playbook. If you can do that, everything else will take care of itself.”

This Philadelphia Eagles running back is truly a student of the game.
Most players know the importance of watching film, but Huntley understands the significant impact it can make on wins and losses. One missed assignment due to lack of film can cost teams a game.

Even with a 17-game season on the horizon, football isn’t a sport in which you can afford to lose too many games, especially the ones that you’re supposed to win. Two other guys who also understand that are the quarterbacks on this team: Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco. We got to talk to Jason about Hurts’ potential in the offense and the addition of Flacco:

“Jalen [Hurts] is a great guy. He was the person who I talked to the most when I got to the Eagles. He’s actually with me now since we’re training together this offseason. He’s just a general.

He’s a dual-threat – can throw and run – he’s smart, and he has a good personality. When he’s locked in, he’s locked in though. Overall, he’s just a great guy.

As for Joe Flacco, he’s a great player. I’ve seen his film. I think it’ll help just having his veteran experience especially with him being a Super Bowl Champion and MVP. I have a friend on the Ravens who played with Flacco. He was telling me ‘he’ll stay in the pocket, but he’ll put it on you.’ He talked about his experience and knowledge Jason Huntley Jersey Ebay, of the game so I feel like all that coming together will be great for this season.”

What has experience taught this budding Philadelphia Eagles star?
Staying on the topic of veteran experience, Huntley had the benefit of playing under 2020 running backs coach and now Detroit Lions’ running backs coach, Duce Staley. Not only that but as Huntley previously mentioned, he picked up a lot of tips and tricks from his fellow running backs who have NFL experience:

“That was a great [running back] group. We talk to each other all the time. It wasn’t just a work thing. We hung out if we could in small groups due to COVID. We had real talks and real conversations. It was great to be around them and learn.

They weren’t selfish. They wanted to try and help me get better. If I had a run, they would give me tips on how to improve when I’m in the same situation the next time. Just being with them, it was good energy.

Duce Staley is a great guy and a great coach. He knows so much and has worked with so many different people. Overall, I loved being in that room with all those guys – Miles [Sanders], Boston [Scott], Corey [Clement], Adrian [Killins], Elijah [Holyfield], Jordan [Howard], and Michael [Warren].”

Huntley has a message for Philadelphia Eagles fans.
Before our conversation with Jason ended, we asked him what his message would be for you – the Philadelphia Eagles fans. Here’s what Jason had to say:

“I appreciate all of you for staying strong through that rough season we just had. I can guarantee all of you that we’re working and this year is going to be something special.”

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That should have Philadelphia Eagles fans excited not only for Huntley’s upcoming season but for the team overall. Let’s hope Jason is right and it is a fun ride in 2021. His versatility needs to be utilized this upcoming season. If Jason sees the field more next season, watch out. Eagles fans should be ecstatic if this young man gets more touches.