BOSTON — Halloween may not be until Monday, but Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson got dressed a day early.
After a strong offensive performance in the Patriots’ 22-17 win over the Jets in New Jersey, Stevenson stepped onto the post-game podium wearing the number 45 Permian Panthers jersey. This jersey was worn by Boobie Miles in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights. (The real-life Boobie Miles wore #35 during his high school days.)
“I had to stand in for him today,” Stevenson said with a smile. “Just something funny. you know i love the movie It’s my favorite film – definitely top 5. So I just had to put it on today.”
Stevenson certainly played a lead back role throughout the game, leading the Patriots in both rushing yards and receiving yards.
He streaked 16 times for 71 yards on the ground and caught seven of the eight passes Mac Jones threw to him, gaining 72 yards as a pass catcher. Stevenson also turned over the biggest play of the Patriots’ only touchdown drive of the day, and he did it mostly through individual effort. Stevenson ran up the gut, disrupting a potential tackle by Jordan Whitehead at the line of scrimmage, parrying Lamarcus Joyner’s attempted tackle with stiff weapons and sprinting away from linebacker CJ Mosley, and Stevenson took 35 yards in the first game of the second half on . The drive ended in a touchdown that gave New England a 13-10 lead. It was their first lead of the game and they never gave it back.
While Stevenson has always been the forte of rushing the ball, he has greatly improved his passing skills this season.
After catching just 28 passes in 19 collegiate games in Oklahoma, Stevenson caught 14 passes in 12 games in his rookie season in the NFL. Stevenson has already caught 32 passes in just eight games this year. Stevenson said it wasn’t a coincidence.
“Oh yeah. When the offseason came last year, that was the first thing I worked on. Just route running, just recognizing defenses, stuff like that,” Stevenson said. “And I felt like it came into play and I’m doing a good job at it.”
As for his postgame attire, Stevenson was naturally asked if he’d ever seen the television series of the same name as his favorite movie.
“I did [watch the TV series],” Stevenson said. “I like the movie better though.”