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Blount (shoulder) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Blount owners won't be happy to hear this, but at least we have some clarification about the running back situation in advance of Sunday's kickoff. With Blount out of the mix, Shane Vereen and Jonas Gray will handle the rushing duties for the Patriots.
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Blount (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, the Patriots' official site reports.
Blount practiced in a limited fashion this week, so it would surprise us if he was scratched Sunday. Still, those thinking of using the running back this week are advised to verify his status as Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff approaches. Perhaps of more concern is that Blount's potential workload this weekend is difficult to predict, given the continued presence of Shane Vereen in the team's backfield mix, coupled with the re-introduction of fellow power back Jonas Gray to the rotation.
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Blount (shoulder) remained listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, the Patriots' official site reports.
We'd expect the Patriots to list Blount as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, though at this stage it would be a surprise us if he sat out the contest. Of more concern is that Blount's potential Week 16 workload is hard to predict, given the continued presence of Shane Vereen and the re-introduction of Jonas Gray to the team's backfield mix.
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Blount (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports.
Blount is a new addition to the Patriots' injury report, so his status is worth tracking as Sunday's game against the Jets approaches. With a shoulder issue now in play and Jonas Gray back in the Patriots' backfield rotation, Blount looks like a hit-or-miss fantasy option in Week 16.
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Blount carried eight times for 17 yards and a TD and caught two passes for seven yards in Sunday's 41-13 win over the Dolphins.
After logging 20 carries in Week 14, Blount saw Jonas Gray -- dusted off by the Patriots in the second half Sunday -- lead the team with 11 carries for 62 yards, while Shane Vereen recorded six carries for five yards. Heading into Week 16's matchup against the Jets, Blount will be a speculative play, given the committee approach employed by the Patriots this week, highlighted by the team's the reintroduction of Gray as a key backfield cog.
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Blount had 20 carries for 66 yards, adding two receptions for 11 yards, in Sunday's 23-14 win over the Chargers.
Blount got the start and most of the touches, while Shane Vereen had just one carry for one yard, with three receptions for 30 yards. Jonas Gray chipped in nine yards on two carries, giving him just three touches over the last three games. Blount didn't find much room to run against the San Diego defense, but he did get both of New England's carries within 10 yards of the end zone. Next week's matchup with the Dolphins appears surprisingly favorable for the Patriots' power back, as the Miami defense has struggled over its last three games.
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Blount had 10 carries for 58 yards in Sunday's 26-21 loss at Green Bay. He was second on the team among running backs with 19 unofficial snaps, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Blount was easily New England's most effective runner, although Brandon Bolden somewhat came out of nowhere to score a short touchdown in the first half. Meanwhile, Jonas Gray had just one carry for four yards, as he appears to be the odd man out in the Patriots' backfield, at least for now. With that said, it's becoming increasingly difficult to figure out which RB will be the most productive on any given week. It does seem like Blount is going to remain involved though, making him an option to consider in most formats. In Week 14, Blount will face a Chargers' rush defense that has not been as strong as they were earlier in the season.
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In his return to the Patriots, Blount saw 17 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-9 win win over the Lions, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Blount carried 12 times for 78 yards, with a pair of touchdowns.
In a game in which the Patriots went pass-heavy, Shane Vereen saw 62 snaps, recording eight carries for 12 yards and eight catches for 48 yards. Meanwhile, fellow "big back" Jonas Gray did not see a single snap in the game after being sent home in advance of practice Friday after oversleeping. In the span of a few short days, Blount has gone from being an afterthought in the Pittsburgh offense to reclaiming a share of work in the Patriots' attack moving forward. With Gray a candidate to re-enter the team's backfield mix, Blount's potential Week 13 workload against Green Bay is a little tough to predict, but he's worth a speculative pickup in order to see if his expanded workload continues down the stretch.
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Blount is active for Sunday's game against the Lions, the Providence Journal reports.
The newly re-acquired Blount's Week 12 role is unclear, but he does provide the Patriots with another power back option to go along with Jonas Gray, while fellow RB Shane Vereen is also a candidate to see his share of touches Sunday, notably in passing situations.
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Blount's signing with the Patriots has been confirmed, Tom Curran of CSN New England reports.
Per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Blount will receive a two-year deal that is heavy on incentives, giving him the opportunity to earn his keep. Jonas Gray proved in Week 11 with a four touchdown, 200-yard performance that he should still serve as the "power," back but look for Blount to spell him on occasion, with Shane Vereen also coming into play on passing downs.