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Faulk looks good, durability a concern

Concerns with Antowain Smith and Kevin Faulk at the lead spot could force the Pats to rely on RB by committee approach.

Updated: August 23, 2003, 3:29 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Five observations on the 2003 New England Patriots, gleaned from an Aug. 22 preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles:

1. Given the unsettled position of the Patriots offensive line, it is difficult to evaluate the team's running game, but it certainly seems as if fifth-year veteran Kevin Faulk now has a viable chance to supplant the aging Antowain Smith as the starting tailback. The much quicker Faulk averaged 5.2 yards per carry in 2002 and, on Friday night versus ...

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