LeGarrette Blount
RB NE (9)
2 days ago1 Comment

Blount totaled 105 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Thursday's 27-0 victory over the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

The bruising back wore the Texans down throughout the course of the night, serving as an excellent complementary weapon that helped keep the defense honest for rookie starter Jacoby Brissett. Blount plowed in from one yard out in the third quarter and then put the exclamation point on the blowout victory with a 41-yard rumble into the end zone in the final period. Despite head coach Bill Belichick's unpredictable nature, he's been consistent in his usage of Blount over the first three weeks, with the seven-year pro garnering no less than 22 carries in any of those contests, and posting 100-yard efforts in his last two. The former Oregon Duck will take aim at the Bills defense in Week 4.

LeGarrette Blount
RB NE (9)
6 days ago

Blount recorded 29 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

With QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) possibly in danger of missing Thursday's game against the Texans, Blount (who logged a fumble Sunday that was recovered) could well be busy in Week 3, with rookie Jacoby Brissett in line to start the contest if Garoppolo is unable to do so.

LeGarrette Blount
RB NE (9)
2 weeks ago

Blount had 22 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

With Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback and the Patriots holding a lead most of the night, Blount took 20+ carries for just the fourth time in his 34 career regular-season appearances for the team. He did lose a fumble in the third quarter to set up an Arizona touchdown, but the miscue didn't impact his workload the rest of the night. James White only had one carry for four yards, albeit with five receptions for 40 yards on seven targets. Both running backs figure to stay heavily involved Week 2 against Miami.

LeGarrette Blount
RB NE (9)
1 month ago

Blount gained 26 yards on five carries and 16 yards on three receptions (three targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

Even with Tyler Gaffney impressively gaining 35 yards on nine carries, Blount seemingly moved one step closer to locking down the top power back role, with his night highlighted by a hurdle at the end of a 17-yard run. While otherwise quiet on the ground, Blount did come up with a rare contribution through the air, just one week after gashing the Bears for 69 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. If Blount is confirmed to have won the role, Gaffney and D.J. Foster will compete for one roster spot, offering very different skill sets at the running back position.

LeGarrette Blount
RB NE (9)
1 month 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.

EDGE Analysis

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 Blount
RB NE (9)
1 month ago

Blount had nine carries for 20 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener against the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

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 Blount
RB NE (9)
2 months ago

Blount (hip) was not among the Patriots' players placed on the team's initial preseason PUP list, the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 Blount
RB NE (9)
2 months ago

As training camp approaches, ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that Blount (hip) "bears watching as it relates to his roster status."

EDGE Analysis

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 Blount
RB NE (9)
3 months ago

Blount (hip) didn't participate in any of the Patriots' spring practices, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 Blount
RB NE (9)
5 months ago

Blount has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Patriots, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.