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|BenJarvus Green-Ellis might not have reached the field as a Patriots running back if he hadn't worked his way into the kicking game, according to coach Bill Belichick.|
Since the start of the 2010 season, no running back in the NFL has more rushing touchdowns than New England's BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Considering the talent at that position across the league, it's a remarkable stat, but even more so when you consider how far the undrafted Green-Ellis has come in four seasons with the Patriots.
So what did Patriots coach Bill Belichick peg as the biggest area of improvement for Green-Ellis?
"Special teams," said Belichick, leaving reporters a bit dumbfounded by the suggestion. After all, Green-Ellis has played sparingly on special teams since becoming the Patriots' primary ball carrier the past two seasons.
"He didn't do much [special teams] in college and I didn't think he was really very good at it," explained Belichick. "It's probably one of the reasons why he didn't initially make our team."
Green-Ellis went undrafted out of Mississippi and despite landing with the Patriots, he was released as part of final cutdowns before the start of the 2008 campaign. Green-Ellis was inked to the team's practice squad and it might have ultimately been his ability to work his way into the kicking game that opened doors for a larger role.