FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was back in town after signing a contract with the Patriots on Wednesday, which shined the spotlight on the team's personnel at the position.
Green-Ellis, who met with reporters before Wednesday night's practice for season-ticket holders and Foxborough residents, returns after a 1,000-yard season. He's a pounder, the type of runner who seldom is stopped for negative yardage.
He's joined by second-round pick Shane Vereen, whose speed has stood out in his first two practices. It doesn't take long for Vereen to get up to top gear.
With passing back Danny Woodhead back in the mix, as well as another hard-charging inside runner in third-round pick Stevan Ridley, there are a lot of fresh legs in the group.
Add in veterans Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris and there is no shortage of depth and quality. Both Faulk and Morris could have trouble making the club.
For his part, Green-Ellis sees good times ahead for the team's backs.
"I think it’s just going to be fun for us to get out here and work hard every day," he said. "No one can really predict the future; we only can come to practice and put our best foot forward out there at practice and work hard."
Green-Ellis was a restricted free agent this offseason and declined to reveal if he simply signed his tender offer, or if it's a different contract with the team.
"I let the [agents] and everybody else handle the contracts. Of course, I’m keeping the contract situation out of the news," he said.