“I am just one of the guys right now,” Maroney said after the Patriots’ 20-17 loss. “I’m just basically being patient and sitting back and seeing how things play out.”
While the Patriots figure to use all their backs, the signs strongly indicate that the 34-year-old Taylor tops the depth chart. He started preseason games against the Falcons and Giants.
Maroney, meanwhile, played in a reserve role in two games -- against the Saints and Giants.
Is he frustrated?
“Not really,” Maroney responded. “I am a team player. I always tell you guys from year in and year out, whether I get all the carries, no carries or 10 carries, I just want to win. I just want to be part of a winning team. We definitely have a lot of great backs. I feel like any of our backs, if on a different team, maybe could start. Whenever they call my number, I'm going to be ready."
Maroney ran hard in the preseason finale, entering with the second-string offense and finishing with 32 yards on nine carries. It was his most extensive work of the preseason.
Meanwhile, Taylor wasn’t interested in being crowned the No. 1 running back.
“I don’t really play into that; for me, starting is about one play,” Taylor said. “At the end of the day, it means nothing about who is that guy out there on the first play. I just want to be ready. At the end of the day, you never know what is going to go on around here.
"Coach Belichick is a very smart man. He’s been doing this for a while. I never question anything he does, or the decision he makes. I’m all about falling in line and doing my job.”