Fullback Elandon Roberts evoking memories of past Patriots greats

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Fullback Elandon Roberts evoking memories of past Patriots greats
Fullback Elandon Roberts evoking memories of past Patriots greats

Facing a 1st and goal from the 1-yard line during their Monday night game against the New York Jets, the New England Patriots brought a rather standard-looking goal-line package onto to the field: a running back and a fullback lining up in the i-formation behind quarterback Tom Brady, with two tight ends and an eligible tackle as added blockers along the offensive line. After all, the fullback spot was filled by no other than Elandon Roberts — a linebacker that had not played even a single offensive snaps during his first 59 regular season and playoff games with the Patriots. Against the Jets and with regular fullback James Develin and his backup Jakob Johnson both on injured reserve, however, the team turned to the fourth-year man to help fill the void at the lead-blocking role in short-yardage situations.

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