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08:03 AM ET 07.26 | One report had running back Joseph Addai looking "unimpressive" in Patriots camp, which leads many to wonder how many looks he'll get now that he's again on the open market. The obvious team that comes to mind is Denver where Lance Ball, the uninspiring Knowshon Moreno and rookie Ronnie Hillman are behind Willis McGahee. Outside of Addai's relationship with Peyton Manning, though, there's nothing about Addai that makes him an obviously better choice than any of those guys. Addai has played just 20 games over the last two seasons and his production was nowhere near what it was earlier in his career. Other available backs have been healthier and more productive, which might mean Addai has to wait for an injury to open up a spot.

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July 26, 2012  08:06 AM ET

Done?

July 26, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Running backs aren't typically asked to do a lot in NE so looking unimpressive says a lot!!!

July 26, 2012  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Done?

it appears he may be...

July 26, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Too bad, but, well, it's just business. Somewhere around mid-season, you'll be sipping a beer on your couch, and the play-by-play guy will say, "Addai for a couple of yards..." and you'll think to yourself, "Oh, so that's where he ended up." And maybe that's the last you'll ever hear of him.

July 26, 2012  08:29 AM ET

On any given Sunday a RB can be asked to get off his recliner. Happened to Sammy Morris last year.

July 26, 2012  08:43 AM ET

He never impressed me as an every-down, between the tackles back - more of a finess, third-down, pass catching back. He fit well with Manning but never really gave the Colts a strong basic running game.

July 26, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Addai was always a bit over-rated in my opinion. Never quite filled the shoes of Edgerin James.

July 26, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Addai was always a bit over-rated in my opinion. Never quite filled the shoes of Edgerin James.

When James left the Colts, though, he also became just another guy on the bench. Both of them, I suspect, benefitted a lot from the pass-first defenses that teams put up against Peyton Manning.

July 26, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Da Jets!

July 26, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Seattle maybe. Really only have Lynch whose DUI might make Pete feel as if he needs another experienced backup. Kregg Lumpkin ain't gonna do it and Leon Washington can't be a Lynch-type back.

July 26, 2012  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Da Jets!

Nah, Addai's mouth isn't big enough for them.

July 26, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Done?

I don't think so, he still would make a decent backup RB.

July 26, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Addai was always a bit over-rated in my opinion. Never quite filled the shoes of Edgerin James.

Dan Snyder should be interested.

July 26, 2012  10:15 AM ET

Where do the "unimpressive" NFL running backs roam? The worst teams or the TV booth. Worst case....Jail/Prison.

July 26, 2012  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Where do the "unimpressive" NFL running backs roam? The worst teams or the TV booth. Worst case....Jail/Prison.

How about reality television shows.

July 26, 2012  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Seattle maybe. Really only have Lynch whose DUI might make Pete feel as if he needs another experienced backup. Kregg Lumpkin ain't gonna do it and Leon Washington can't be a Lynch-type back.

the Hawks drafted Robert Turbin, a runner from Utah State I think, who is said to be similar to Marshawn Lynch in style and skill set. I suspect they will see what he can do before picking up someone else.

Of course, the pre-season may convince them he can't do squat, and then Addai's phone might start ringing.

July 26, 2012  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

the Hawks drafted Robert Turbin, a runner from Utah State I think, who is said to be similar to Marshawn Lynch in style and skill set. I suspect they will see what he can do before picking up someone else. Of course, the pre-season may convince them he can't do squat, and then Addai's phone might start ringing.

Yeah, but he's an untested rookie. Lynch and Robinson are the guys, with Washington is backup, I guess, but somebody like Vai Taua might be expendable for Addai or Lumpkin or Sutton who I guess you could release or trade. Taua and Sutton are kind of redundant anyway, aren't they? Since Carroll, seems like there's been a lot comings and goings in the Seahawks' backfield. On the other hand, Addai's tank might be empty and he may not be worth it. I'd give him a look if I were Pete, though.

July 26, 2012  11:25 AM ET

According to the local paper (not from Boston) he was held out from the OTAs due to an apparent injury. If you'll remember he was limited in # of games played in the last two years due to injury. He also couldn't pass his physical. It was hoped that he would serve as a mentor to second-year running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley. The release of Addai opens the door to undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden to claim an increased role.

If Addai can get and stay healthy someone will surely pick him up but maybe for only one year.

July 26, 2012  11:36 AM ET

He was unnimpressive his whole career.

 
July 26, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

He was unnimpressive his whole career.

Um, he was okay with the Colts. Undoubtedly benefited from Manning's presence.

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