Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Thu 7/28/22 2:03 PM

Early on in training camp, Stevenson has been seeing added third-down reps, Henry McKenna of USA Today reports.
EDGE Analysis
It's clear that Stevenson will be part of the Patriots' early-down mix this season along with Damien Harris, but for now the 2021 fourth-rounder is logging added third-down reps, with veteran change-of-pace back James White (hip) on the active/PUP list and rookie Pierre Strong dealing with an undisclosed injury. For his part, Stevenson notes that he feels "a lot more comfortable running routes and catching the football," adding that he "did a lot of that (during the offseason): running routes, getting better with my hands, pass protection." Meanwhile, the 24-year-old, who the Patriots officially list at 6-foot, 230 pounds, says he's at about 225 pounds these days, and if that helps his quickness at all, it's plausible that the Oklahoma product -- who saw just 18 targets in 12 games last season -- could see some added opportunities in the passing game in 2022, even when his banged-up teammates return to the mix.

Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Tue 7/5/22 3:43 PM1 Comment

Stevenson is poised to maintain a key role in the Patriots backfield, Paul Perillo of the team's official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Also in the mix for early-down carries is Damien Harris, who is in the last year of his rookie deal, while the team hopes that veteran James White can move past a significant hip injury and reclaim his previous passing-down role. Additionally, third-year player J.J. Taylor and the versatile Ty Montgomery are in line to compete with rookie draftees Pierre Strong (fourth round) and Kevin Harris (sixth round) for complementary backfield work. As long as the incumbent Harris remains in the mix and is able to avoid injury, Stevenson's weekly volume figures to fluctuate in his second NFL season, but the 2021 fourth-rounder is a player who could have some strong fantasy efforts whenever the game plan works in his favor. As a rookie, the 6-foot, 230-pounder logged 133 carries for 606 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 14 catches (on 18 targets) for 123 yards in 12 games.

Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Wed 1/19/22 12:29 PM

Stevenson finished the 2021 regular season with 133 carries for 606 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 14 catches (on 18 targets) for 123 yards in 12 games.
EDGE Analysis
He added eight carries for 27 yards and four receptions for 33 yards in last weekend's blowout loss to the Bills in the wild-card round. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Stevenson, who wasn't much of a factor in the Patriots offense until Week 5, finished the regular season with an overall 24.7-percent snap share. He emerged as an early-down factor alongside No. 1 back Damien Harris, who handled a 36.2-percent share over the course of the season. As the 2022 campaign approaches, the two will continue to form a solid 1-2 backfield punch, while the team's change-of-pace options have yet to be cemented, given that both James White (hip) and Brandon Bolden are eligible to become free agents this offseason. Though Harris continues to profile as New England's top back, there should be enough touches available for Stevenson in 2022 to have a degree of weekly fantasy utility, even when both backs are available. If and when Harris is out or limited for any reason, however, Stevenson would be in line for an uptick in his workload and fantasy production.

Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Sun 1/16/22 12:20 AM

Stevenson rushed the ball eight times for 27 yards in Saturday's 47-17 wild-card round loss to Buffalo. He added four receptions for 33 yards.
EDGE Analysis
Stevenson was one of the few bright spots for New England, as he saw a substantial role as a pass catcher due to game script. The majority of his production did come with the game out of reach, though he still managed long receptions of 15 and 10 yards while matching his career-high with four receptions. Stevenson progressively saw his workload increase throughout his rookie campaign, and he could be the primary backup to Damien Harris in 2022 should James White (hip) sign elsewhere as a free agent during the offseason.

Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Wed 1/12/22 5:27 PM

Stevenson (head) doesn't appear on the Patriots' injury report ahead of Saturday's wild-card game against the Bills.
EDGE Analysis
Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Stevenson was limited to just nine snaps in the Patriots' Week 18 loss to the Dolphins on account of the head injury. Fortunately, Stevenson was able to check back into the contest, which suggested he passed all concussion tests. With no limitations Wednesday in the Patriots' first practice of the week, Stevenson is poised to continue to share early-down work this weekend with Damien Harris.

Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Mon 1/10/22 1:26 AM

Stevenson carried the ball four times for 34 yards and caught one of two targets for two yards in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins.
EDGE Analysis
He wound up finishing third in the Patriots' backfield in touches behind Damien Harris (15) and Brandon Bolden (nine) after missing a large part of the middle of the game with a head injury, but Stevenson was still very productive on the ground with the workload he did get. Assuming the injury isn't serious, he should be more involved in the offense Saturday in the wild-card round against the Bills, a defense he ran for 78 yards against on 24 carries in their first meeting this season.

Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Sun 1/9/22 6:28 PM

Stevenson (head) returned to Sunday's game at Miami, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
After spending parts of the second and third quarter out of the contest, Stevenson will rejoin Damien Harris and Brandon Bolden out of the Patriots backfield.

Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Sun 1/9/22 5:16 PM

Stevenson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a head injury.
EDGE Analysis
Prior to his exit from the contest, Stevenson caught one pass for two yards. In his absence, Damien Harris and Brandon Bolden will handle the Patriots' Week 18 backfield work.

Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Sun 1/2/22 5:34 PM

Stevenson rushed 19 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 50-10 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
The rookie made a splashy return from a one-game absence due to COVID-19, helping carry the load after Damien Harris exited the game with a hamstring injury. Stevenson got into the end zone from one and six yards out in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, on his way to a career-high rushing yardage total. Harris did downplay the hamstring issue after the game, but if he were to be rested in the Week 18 finale against the Dolphins as a precaution, Stevenson presumably would be in line for an even heavier workload than Sunday's.

Rhamondre Stevenson
RB NE (10)
Wed 12/29/21 1:24 PM

Stevenson (illness) was back at practice Wednesday after being removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stevenson, who missed this past Sunday's game against the Bills, is thus poised to rejoin the Patriots' backfield for this weekend's game against the Jaguars. In that context, he'd be slated to share early down work in Week 17 with Damien Harris while Brandon Bolden handles a change-of-pace role.