With opening day still three months away and the mandatory portion of the initial wave of offseason workouts over, we have entered the more quiet parts of the NFL offseason. However, while the football world seemingly turns slower these days it does not stop.
During workouts and studying sessions, players still have a chance to lay the foundation for their spots on the team. Over the course of the next few months, we will take a look at the men fighting for them on the 2017 New England Patriots. 53 of currently 90 players will be asked to help the team defend its Super Bowl title.
Today, we’ll continue the series with an undrafted rookie running back.
Name: LeShun Daniels Jr.
Position: Running back
Jersey number: 39
Opening day age: 22
Size: 6’0, 225 lbs.
2016 review: After serving as a rotational depth option his first three years at Iowa, LeShun Daniels Jr. led the Hawkeyes in rushing attempts in 2016. The senior carried the football 213 times over the 13 games he appeared in and finished the year with 1,058 rushing yards (5.0 yards/attempt). He was also tied for the team lead with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Daniels Jr.’s season, just like his running style, picked up speed late but the results were impressive: In the second half of the season, the team captain had three 150+ yards performances – all games in which he also scored two times. And while he was limited early in the year by an ankle injury, Daniels Jr. was able to display his physical running style throughout the year.
However, it was still not enough for him to get drafted. His injury history combined with limited usage in…
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