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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
AFC East High Energy Player of the Week
By Tim Graham
A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 3.
New England Patriots
badly needed a backfield boost.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 16 times for 98 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo.
Five days after they traded
, trusted veteran
went down with a season-finishing knee injury last week.
stepped in and propelled the Patriots to a 38-30 victory over the
in Gillette Stadium. The undrafted and seldom-used running back rushed
16 times for 98 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown
that virtually ended the game.
"No matter who goes down, the train has to keep rolling," Green-Ellis said. "So everybody has to go out and do their part."
Green-Ellis went into Sunday with only 52 carries over his previous 18 games dating to November 2008.
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss charted
Green-Ellis for 23 of the Patriots' 68 offensive plays
, more than any other back.
"He gets it downhill," Patriots center
said. "He finds what's there to get and keeps positive yards. He's a great running back to block for."
Another undrafted runner,
, had a big game in his Patriots debut with three carries for 42 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown.