Maroney happy with greater role

If Friday night was any indication, the Pats will be asking Laurence Maroney to carry a heavy load in 2007, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: August 25, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- First, the red football jersey, the "no contact" cautionary flag in which Laurence Maroney had been adorned for most of training camp, came off earlier in the week. And then on Friday night, the New England Patriots took the training wheels off their second-year tailback, turning him loose in his first preseason action of the summer.

The results: The club's first-round choice in the 2006 draft, and a player who spent his rookie season in a time-sharing arrangement with the ...

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