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Patriots: Will RB Dillon Make The Offense Run-Oriented?
Will the addition of Dillon make the Pats offense more run-oriented?
Charlie Weis' game plan isn't going to change. Weis is a master of dazzling defenses with his quick-passing offense. The strength of the offense will always be Tom Brady, a 60-percent passer who plays bigger in the big games. But Dillon adds two dimensions to the offense. For one, he's a big back who can break away and dominate a game. Antowain Smith got his 16 or 17 carries, but only once averaged 4.0 yards a carry in his past four seasons. Only twice has Dillon not averaged more than four yards per carry. You can see how this should work. For three quarters, Weis will mix the pass and the run to try to get a lead. Then, in the fourth quarter, they will unleash Dillon, who can dominate plus have fresh legs. He will almost be like a closer in baseball. But Weis isn't stupid. He'll know the teams that aren't strong enough to consistently match up against Dillon's powerful running style. In those games, he'll lean more to the run. Dillon should end up being one of the five most important acquisitions of the offseason because he gives the Patriots a 1,300-yard runner to an offense that counts on 220-yards a game passing.
John Clayton, ESPN.com
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