LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 6 days ago
While playing 16 snaps, Blount recorded 11 carries for 69 yards and a TD in Thursday's preseason win over the Bears, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Meanwhile, Blount's main competition for the Patriots' "big back" role, Tyler Gaffney, carried 11 times for 31 yards. Though CSN New England notes that Gaffney ran hard in the contest, Blount appears to be moving closer to locking down the team's power back assignment, with the report suggesting that the 250-pound Blount -- who is bouncing back from a hip injury that slowed him in 2015 -- "looked light on his feet" and "efficient" Thursday "in terms of creating yards on his own."
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 2 weeks ago
Blount had nine carries for 20 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener against the Saints.
In the absence of Dion Lewis (knee), Blount split snaps with James White and Brandon Bolden throughout the first half. Though he only averaged 2.2 yards per carry, Blount converted two of his three short-yardage opportunities, including a one-yard touchdown. Even with Bolden managing 33 yards on four carries and Tyler Gaffney ripping off 64 yards on nine totes, Blount is the favorite to open the season as New England's top power back. Gaffney saw all of his work in the second half.
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 1 month ago
Blount (hip) was not among the Patriots' players placed on the team's initial preseason PUP list, the Providence Journal reports.
Blount didn't participate in any of the Patriots' spring practices, but unless the team elects to add the running back to the list in the coming days, it looks like he'll be able to take the field in training camp. Assuming he is able to re-prove his health in the coming weeks, Blount would appear to have the inside track at reclaiming his role as the Patriots' top "big back."
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 1 month ago
As training camp approaches, ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that Blount (hip) "bears watching as it relates to his roster status."
Blount, who didn't practice with his teammates this spring as he bounces back from hip woes, is back with the Patriots on a team-friendly one-year deal, so as long as he is able to re-prove his health in camp, we suspect that he'll have a solid shot to reclaim his role as the team's top "big back." If Blount ends up being slowed at all, or injuries impact the Patriots' backfield depth in general as the summer rolls along, it remains possible that team could elect to add further competition to the mix, thus making Blount's status worth monitoring in the coming weeks.
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 2 months ago
Blount (hip) didn't participate in any of the Patriots' spring practices, ESPN.com reports.
Blount's status will thus be worth monitoring as training camp approaches, but in the absence of any setbacks with his hip, we'd expect him to move toward the end of reclaiming the Patriots' "big back" role this coming season. Barring any additional moves by the team to address the running back position, Blount's primary competition for the role should come from Joey Iosefa and Tyler Gaffney. Meanwhile, Donald Brown, James White, Brandon Bolden and undrafted rookie DJ Foster figure to jostle for slotting on the team's depth chart, with the only secure spot on that front belonging to Dion Lewis, who will serve as the team's top pass-catching back, provided he fully recovers from the knee injury that ended his 2015 season early.
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 4 months ago
Blount has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Patriots, NFL.com reports.
The 29-year-old Blount, who landed on IR last December after suffering a chipped bone in his hip, is said to be back to 100 percent, so the 6-foot, 250-pounder will now look to reprise his role as the Patriots' top power back. While the terms of his deal with the team have not been made public, given that Blount lasted this long in free agency suggests that a team-friendly deal is in play here. When he was on the field in 2015, Blount logged 165 carries for 703 yards and six TDs over a 12 game span. His experience and level of success in the New England offense makes this a low-risk reunion, though the likes of Dion Lewis, James White, Donald Brown and Brandon Bolden remain in the mix for touches in the team's backfield. Moreover, it wouldn't surprise us to see the team land another running back option at or after the NFL draft later this month.
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 5 months ago
Blount, who landed on IR this past season after suffering a chipped bone in his hip, is said to be back to 100 percent, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
The report notes that Blount -- who did not require offseason surgery -- is slated to be good to go for OTAs, though at this time he remains unsigned. Given that the Patriots have yet to add running back depth in free agency, it's possible that he could return to New England in his role as a "big back" for the team, but for such a reunion to occur, Blount may have to settle for modest contract terms.
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 6 months ago
Blount (hip) and the Patriots have reportedly displayed mutual interest in a new contract for the running back, who is eligible to become a free agent on March 9, the Boston Herald reports.
Per the report, negotiations on that front "are still in the infant stages," but it appears as though Blount could re-up with the Patriots if the price is right. Meanwhile, the hip injury that landed Blount on IR in December didn't require surgery, which suggests that the 29-year-old has a good chance to be healed up by the time his 2016 team takes the field again. In 12 games with New England this past season, Blount carried 165 times for 703 yards, with six TDs, while adding six catches for 43 yards and a receiving score. In advance of free agency, fellow running backs Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden, James White, Joey Iosefa and Tyler Gaffney are under contract with the Patriots for 2016, but bringing back Blount, who has enjoyed success with the team in his role as a "big back," would provide the New England backfield with valuable stability and experience.
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 7 months ago
Blount didn't need surgery on the hip injury that ended his 2015 campaign, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
The Patriots' backfield endured hits during the season, as Dion Lewis (knee) preceded Blount's placement on injured reserve on Dec. 16. Despite missing the final three games of the regular season, Blount was far and away the team's leading rusher, totaling 165 carries for 703 yards (4.3 YPC) and six touchdowns. The Patriots must make a call on the unrestricted free agent in the coming months, but if he sticks around, he'll likely serve as the No. 1 back until Lewis has recovered from his torn ACL, barring other additions to the roster.
LeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 8 months ago
Blount (hip) has been placed on IR by the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
With Blount on IR, Brandon Bolden is poised to head the Patriots' backfield Sunday against the Titans, with James White on hand to handle pass-catching/change of pace work out of the team's Week 15 backfield. Meanhwhile, Montee Ball has been added to the team's practice squad and further RB depth could be added by the Patriots in the coming days.