LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 6 Months1 Comment

The Miami Herald believes it "wouldn't be surprising" if the Dolphins pursued impending free agent LeGarrette Blount.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 6 Months

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports his "understanding" is the Patriots and free agent LeGarrette Blount want to hammer out a deal.

Blount said following Sunday's AFC title game loss that he wants to re-up with New England. 27 years old, Blount should generate free agent interest, but not to the point that he prices himself out of the Patriots' range. A two- or three-year pact with limited guaranteed money could make sense. Blount still lacks any hint of passing-game value, hurting his stock.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 6 Months

LeGarrette Blount was held to six yards on five carries as the Patriots lost to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game.

Blount played on the game's second snap, coming off the bench behind Shane Vereen. The Pats tried to get him going between the tackles intermittently in the first half, but Broncos NT Terrance Knighton was an unblockable beast, controlling the line of scrimmage. Blount had all of his six yards on five carries at halftime, and the Patriots were decidedly pass oriented in the second half after trailing 20-3. Unsigned for 2014, Blount recently turned 27. He clearly has better running ability than he showed in Tampa, but Blount's utter lack of versatility will limit his free-agency value. We suspect he'll garner a short-term deal with little guaranteed money if the Pats let Blount reach the open market.

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LeGarrette Blount rushed 24 times for 166 yards and four touchdowns in New England's 43-22, Divisional Round win over the Colts.

Blount was chewing up yards in 3-4 yard chunks before LaRon Landry took a horrendous angle on a fourth-quarter tackle attempt. Blount made him pay with a 73-yard dash to the end zone for his fourth and final score. Blount is now up to eight touchdowns over his past three games, and has piled up 355 yards over his past two. He'll again lead the Patriots' committee in the AFC Championship Game.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 7 Months

The forecast for Saturday night's Colts-Patriots playoff game at Gillette Stadium is calling for a 100 percent chance of rain and winds in the 14-22 MPH range.

This could be a LeGarrette Blount/Stevan Ridley game. Temperatures will be in the 50s in Foxboro, but it's expected to rain all night, and although the wind isn't brutal, the forecast is calling for enough of it to be a factor. Tom Brady is still plenty experienced and adept at playing in sub-average conditions. We expect Saturday night's game to have a 23-20 type result.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 7 Months

LeGarrette Blount played on a season-high 33 snaps in Sunday's win over the Bills.

As the Patriots get set for the playoffs, Blount's role is rising. Over the last two weeks, he's seen 60 snaps while Stevan Ridley has gotten 42. ESPN Boston refers to it as "a bit of the changing of the guard." Blount, who has 40 carries for 265 yards (6.62 YPC) with four touchdowns in the last two weeks, will be the preferred pick over Ridley in fantasy playoff drafts.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 7 Months

LeGarrette Blount rushed 24 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns in New England's Week 17 win over the Bills.

It was a career-best day for the Patriots' starting "big back," as Blount ate up yards in chunks all afternoon, even managing 145 yards on two kick returns. The Bills simply had no answer as Blount lowered his pad level and battered a front seven that was missing Marcell Dareus (discipline) for over half the game. The only blemish was a fumble that New England recovered. Backup Stevan Ridley touched the ball 12 times, but Blount enters the postseason as New England's clear feature runner on early downs. He finishes the regular season the owner of 772 yards, seven touchdowns and a 5.04 YPC. It was Blount's best year since his rookie campaign in 2010. Either way, Blount is a middling Dynasty option in New England's chameleon offense.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 7 Months

LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns in New England's Week 16 win over the Ravens.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 8 Months

LeGarrette Blount rushed 11 times for 47 yards in New England's Week 15 loss to the Dolphins, adding one catch for six yards.

Blount got the "start," but rotated with Stevan Ridley thereafter. Blount out-touched his backfield mate 12-8, out-gaining him 53-34. There's no end in sight to the Patriots' "big back" rotation, leaving both Blount and Ridley as undesirable FLEX options for Week 16 against the Ravens.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 8 Months

LeGarrette Blount rushed for 42 yards on eight carries in Week 14 against the Browns.

Blount also caught his first pass of the season for a 32-yard gain. Once again, he handled starting duties as the early-down back over Stevan Ridley. Ridley didn't enter the game until the second quarter, but he too received nine touches in what appeared to be a timeshare. Ridley held onto the ball in this one, and out money would be on him overtaking Blount again at some point. It may not happen next week, however, so neither will be a recommended fantasy play against Miami.