Patriots Rookie RB Ralph Webb Stars in NFL Debut: ‘It’s a Dream Come True’

August 11, 2018

New England Patriots running back Ralph Webb scores a touchdown during Thursday's preseason win over the Washington Redskins in Foxboro. The undrafted rookie running back had a huge game in his NFL debut, scoring two touchdowns and adding a pair of two-point conversions. AP PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Kevin Duffy

Boston Herald

FOXBORO -- Late Thursday night in the Patriots locker room, running back Ralph Webb and several of his fellow rookies gathered around a phone to watch highlights of the team’s preseason opener.

Webb was featured in quite a few of them.

The undrafted rookie running back starred in the fourth quarter of New England’s 26-17 comeback victory over the Redskins, punching in two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions in the final 10 minutes.

“It’s a dream come true,” Webb said. “I’ve been working my whole life for this, to come out here and get a chance to compete. I’m just happy and blessed to be here and say that I did it.”

Webb, who finished his career at Vanderbilt as the sixth-leading rusher in SEC history, ran with burst and confidence in his NFL debut. He faces long odds to make the team, as he’s currently buried behind Rex Burkhead, James White, Sony Michel, Jeremy Hill, and Mike Gillislee, but a solid outing against the Redskins certainly helps his cause.

Hill, the star of the night on offense, called Webb’s fourth-quarter performance “amazing.”

“Ralph came in there and ran extremely hard, and did his job and we’re going to need him to do more of that for us,” Hill said. “He’s going to be a big part of our team, for sure.”

Hill noted that Webb received a shout-out from Bill Belichick in the post-game locker room.

“He ran hard, he was tough,” Belichick said at his press conference. “He’s not the biggest guy, but he’s got good strength for his size and he runs hard. He got hit a lot down there. He showed us that in the spring and in training camp. He’s a tough kid that runs with good pad level, he’s got good speed, he catches the ball well. He made a nice catch on the two-point play.”

Webb finished with 46 yards on 14 carries.

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