RB LeGarrette Blount - New England Patriots
|6-1, 241||Born: 12-5-1986||College: Oregon||Drafted: ---|
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General News (Tue Feb 2): will not need surgery on his season-ending hip injury, according to a source.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 14 vs HOU (10 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Prior to going down with injury, Blount had a fairly decent day, though he had a couple odd runs where he ran straight into a pile of defenders as opposed to waiting with patience and potentially hitting other holes. His highlight run saw him ėtackled' on top of a defender, but never hit the ground. He rumbled for an additional 10 yards afterwards, much to the dismay of defenders. His injury bears watching, as it looked to be hip related.
2015 Week 13 vs PHI (13 / 54 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Though he ran decently, Blount was an afterthought for most of the second half as the Patriots played catch up, limiting his touches. His first series of the game saw a couple of great cutbacks to pick up plenty of extra yards. But going forward, if the Patriots fall behind in other games, he won't be able to see his necessary workload to be effective.
2015 Week 12 vs DEN (9 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With the gameplan focused on passing the ball despite New England's lack of weapons, LeGarrette Blount didn't have much opportunity to succeed against the Broncos. The Broncos defense also stifled the New England offensive line when Blount did have carries, so his day was limited by multiple factors. He did miss a fairly big run by plowing into a pile instead of bouncing a run outside, but that was the main blemish on his part. Expect better days ahead.
2015 Week 11 vs BUF (16 / 56 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Blount had a tough day at the office, though this was primarily due to the inability of the offensive line to create any holes against a tough Bills defense. Blount was consistently met with contact in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage. In fact, without his long run of 17 yards, Blount's line would have been 15 carries for 39 yards. That long run was a good run to the outside that saw him stiffarm a defender for a good 10 more yards than he should have run for. Other than that, it was a quiet day for Blount and the entire Patriots offense.
2015 Week 10 vs NYG (19 / 66 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Blount had a middling day thanks to tough sledding with his offensive line and the Giants defensive line. He did have some good broken-tackle and run after contact on several occasions, but was also stuffed on a couple goal line tries. He did, however, manage to convert a 1 yard run by diving over a pile of linemen. He also had another touchdown called back due to a hold on the offensive line. Julian Edelman's injury actually impacts Blount, as the Patriots may end up more balanced than ever. Expect at least 15-18 touches per game going forward unless the Patriots get blown out.
2015 Week 9 vs WAS (29 / 129 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was a featured piece against the Redskins, finding good ground and pounding the Redskins' front seven relentlessly. The offensive line blocked reasonably well given its completely tattered and beat up state, but Blount was able to elude tacklers on several occasions. Blount had several red zone opportunities, and was able to cash in on one of them from 5 yards out with a good hole opened up by the offensive line. Blount may be in line for more carries going forward if Dion Lewis's injury turns out to be significant.
2015 Week 8 vs MIA (17 / 72 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Surprisingly, LeGarrette Blount saw meaningful carries during closer moments of the game, and did well with those carries even though he didn't score. A large part of the reason for this might have been to alleviate the pass rush on Tom Brady, as the Patriots played with a makeshift offensive line. There were no true highlights for Blount, who had a workmanlike day to a T.
2015 Week 7 vs NYJ (3 / -3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was a complete non-factor against the Jets as the Patriots went pure pass-happy throughout the game.
2015 Week 6 vs IND (16 / 93 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)
When the Pats play the Colts, you know LeGarrette Blount is probably going to get his. Indeed he did, bowling over defenders in the run game and even scoring his first ever receiving touchdown. Blount's 38 yard touchdown scamper came on a solid pull block from the left guard, allowing Blount to make a cut and go the distance for the score. His receiving touchdown was thanks to Tom Brady's scrambling ability, something we probably wouldn't have said even a few years ago. Still, Blount ran well, though several of his carries came in clock-chewing mode. He will still be highly game-flow dependent going forward, but is a good bet for production when the Patriots are expected to win big.
2015 Week 5 vs DAL (13 / 74 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Once again operating as the closer, Blount's role was fairly game-flow dependent, as he saw the majority of his work in the second half when the Patriots had a double digit lead. He had a good scamper of 34 yards, but beyond that, sledding was tough behind a Patriots offensive line that was getting beat more often than not by the Cowboys front 7.
2015 Week 3 vs JAX (18 / 78 / 3 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount is entrenched in a time share at this point, operating as more of a pounding/closer back rather than the feature back some expected him to be. Luckily for him, Jacksonville was a team the Patriots were able to beat up on, allowing him to run while the Patriots were up big to get his volume. Blount ran well initially, with his first 3 or 4 carries ripping off chunk gains. Once the Jaguars were prepared for his runs, his numbers tailed off a bit. He looks the same as he did during times at 2014, with surprising quickness and power you'd expect from a back of his size. All three of his touchdowns came from the 1 yard line, something that likely won't happen every week.
2015 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Partially because of the pass heavy game script, partially because of the talent of Dion Lewis, Blount was simply not a large part of the game against the Bills. It's clear Blount's role will largely depend on opponent and game flow. With aerial games, Blount won't be part of the plan. With ground and pound games, Blount should still have a role with the offense.
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