FOXBORO MA - AUGUST 02: Laurence Maroney #39 of the New England Patriots walks on the field during training camp on August 2 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Patriots Trade RB Laurence Maroney To Denver

The Patriots have traded running back Laurence Maroney and a 2011 sixth-round pick to the Denver Broncos in return for Denver's 2011 fourth-round selection.

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Pats Pulpit: Maroney Trade 'Does Not Help Patriots' In Short Term

SB Nation's Pats Pulpit says the Laurence Maroney trade does not help the Patriots now, but as time goes on it should work out for New England:

Overall, I don't want to say that the Patriots are worse off without Laurence Maroney.  I would just say that the depth of the running backs, considering the group's age, is much thinner without Maroney.  Therefore, in the short term, this move certainly does not help the Patriots.

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When all is said and done, I really have mixed feeling about the Maroney deal.  I like the fact that the Patriots have cut their losses and guaranteed something in return for Maroney.  However, I don't like the depth the Patriots have at the running back position (considering the group's injury history).  I'll take a wait and see approach on this one, although there's no question the Patriots will have to address the running back position next offseason.

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Patriots Hold 10 Picks In 2011 NFL Draft

Just a quick update on the draft picks the Patriots hold for 2011.

Two first round picks, including the Raiders’ pick from the Richard Seymour trade.

Two second round picks, including the Panthers’ pick received in exchange for pick #89 in 2010.

One third round pick.

Two fourth round picks, including the Broncos’ pick from today’s trade.

One fifth round pick.

One sixth round pick gained from the Saints in exchange for David Thomas.

One seventh round pick.

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Patriots Trade RB Laurence Maroney To Denver

According to an Adam Schefter tweet, the Patriots have dealt running back Laurence Maroney and a sixth-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

For the Patriots, the deal ends the relatively frustrating experience with the former first-round pick. While Maroney averaged 3.9 yards per carry over four seasons with the Patriots, Maroney was held back by his tendency to "dance" at the line, leading to too many runs stopped at or behind the line.

With Maroney inactive for the Patriots' season opener against the Bengals, the Pats still managed 118 rushing yards with contributions from four different backs, including a particularly strong performance from Fred Taylor. Apparently, the team has enough faith that Taylor can stay healthy over the course of the season to make him their main weapon on the ground.

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