Maroney hears the criticism

Updated: October 10, 2009, 3:18 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Now is the time for Laurence Maroney. If the 2006 first-round draft choice is to finally turn the corner, this is it.

The Patriots need him as much as ever, with veteran Fred Taylor out indefinitely with a right ankle injury. And Maroney needs it himself, to prove to himself that he can still be the explosive running back who once was a feared presence to those attempting to tackle him.

The 24-year-old Maroney was riveting at times Friday while holding court ...

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