When Tom Brady went down for the season, a lot of people were expecting Laurence Maroney to shoulder the load of the offense (he was widely expected to have a breakout season anyways.) However, so far, this hasn’t been the case.
After a decent opening game against the Chiefs, Maroney came out soft against the Jets, going eight carries for just 16 yards, leaving the game with an injury (although he did come back for one snap in the fourth quarter).
Then, Maroney missed most of last weeks practice, as he was listed as questionable on the injury report. He was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
So far, to say the least, Laurence Maroney’s career has been a disappointment. Primary cause: the injury bug. Karen Guregian breaks down Maroney’s injury woes in today’s Herald:
“Just nicked up, dinged up a little bit,” he said. “I’m feeling a lot better (this week).”
He said the problem was with the same shoulder he had surgery on prior to last season, but said the injury is in a different area.
How frustrated is he over his constant woes?
“I think anyone would be frustrated, not being able to play, and just wanting to go out there and help your team be better,” he said. “I just have to keep working hard, and hopefully stay injury-free. People don’t like being hurt. It ain’t something we try to do, it’s just the nature of the game.”
Maroney is right, it is frustrating, as it would be for any player.
Bottom line: Maroney still has star potential. If he really is “feeling a lot better,” and can come out and play big, then the Patriots should have a much easier time on offense.