Fred Taylor looks like the lead back. The Patriots opened the game with the 13-year veteran in the offensive backfield, which could be an indication that he is the leading man to get the ball first in the season opener. Laurence Maroney, who has not played the last two weeks, has yet to see the field.
Who knows how long this will last, but Taylor becomes a possible great late-round value pick ... even if it is for a week. But the fact Maroney hasn't seen the field in a few weeks, you'd think it was too much to overcome to play in the regular season, at least early on. But we've seen stranger things from the Pats.