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RB LeGarrette Blount - New England Patriots

6-1, 241Born: 12-5-1986College: OregonDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): Don't believe the hype about not trusting Belichick backs. Blount was the centerpiece of the game plan against the Steelers and he came through, demoralizing the Steelers defense. The Patriots have some rough matchup against the run in the second half of the season, but Blount's scoring opportunities alone will make him a flex play at worst at the brutal running back position.

Week 8: at Buffalo Bills

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The last time the Patriots faced Buffalo, rookie Jacoby Brissett was under center. This time, they'll face a Tom Brady-led offense, so looking back to Week Four won't tell us much about this matchup. Brady changes the likely defensive scheme radically. The Patriots watched LeGarrette Blount tote the rock effectively vs. Pittsburgh (24/127/2 rushing with one target for 1/7/0 receiving) while James White handled five targets for 2/32/1 receiving out of the backfield. Brady actually ran five times for 13 yards during the contest, bringing the Patriots up to 29/140/2 rushing on the day. Blount (13/50/1 rushing with two targets for 2/20/0 receiving) and White (7/19/0 rushing with nine targets for 8/47/2) also both scored in the game against Cincinnati two weeks ago. This rushing attack is going strong as of Week Eight. The Bills' rush defense averages 125.0 yards allowed per game (27th in the NFL) with eight rushing scores handed over to date. Miami just crushed this unit for 41/256/2 rushing last weekend, after the Bills gave up 28/133/0 to San Francisco two weeks ago. From Week Five to Week Seven of regular season (the last three weeks), Buffalo averages 21 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (11th-most in the NFL). This looks like a good matchup for New England, albeit between divisional rivals.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs BUF 30 13 54 0 3 3 4 0 0 5.8
5 at CLE 31 18 37 1 0 0 0 0 0 9.7
6 vs CIN 25 13 50 1 2 2 20 0 0 13
7 at PIT 31 24 127 2 1 1 7 0 0 25.4
8 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 1 * * * *
8 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 18 * * 1 * * * *
8 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs PIT (24 / 127 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount was a man against the Steelers, toting the rock for 127 yards and acting as the focal point of the offense. Game script called for a heavy dose of runs, and Blount and the offensive line created a good north-south run game that helped with the win. Both of Blount's touchdowns were of the short variety one was a straight run behind the left side of the line, and one was a bounce outside for a score. Blount had no blemishes on the day to speak of, and continues to be a top running back in the league.

2016 Week 6 vs CIN (13 / 50 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

The Bengals defense played the run fairly well, but Blount did manage a couple good runs and a score. He was also involved in some dustups with the Bengals and was called for a 15 yard penalty. Blount's touchdown run came with the game out of hand, and it salvaged his fantasy day. Otherwise, the passing game did most of the lifting, with Tom Brady passing for 376 yards on 35 attempts. Without many huge holes to run through and the Bengals keying on him well, it was a fairly ordinary day for Blount.

2016 Week 5 vs CLE (18 / 37 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Surprisingly, Blount was stonewalled most of the day by the Browns run defense, including a few 1 yard potential touchdowns that weren't converted. His lone score of the day was a 1 yard run that was bounced to the outside after getting stuffed at the initial point of attack. Game script called for more passing than rushing while the game was close, and Blount will no longer be the focal point of the offense with Tom Brady back and dealing.

2016 Week 4 vs BUF (13 / 54 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)

The Patriots would have liked Blount to get more than 13 carries, but being down two scores for much of the game dictated game flow in such a way that Blount barely got anything going. He was stymied on many of his runs, and taking away his long gain of 16 yards, he had 12 rushes for 38 yards, which is barely over 3 yards per carry. There wasn't much to take away from his performance, and he should be fine with Tom Brady back under center.

2016 Week 3 vs HOU (24 / 105 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount was called upon to carry an offense starting a rookie quarterback. In the first half, he was totally bottled up, rushing for less than 2 yards per carry. The second half was a totally different ballgame, as he busted loose for numerous chunk gains and a long touchdown run. His first score was a short score from the 1 yard line that had him barely cross the plane. His second was the exact opposite of that a long run with a great hole opened up. For a big back, Blount has a surprisingly fast top speed, and he simply outran defenders after shedding a tackle. Blount has held up extremely well through the first 3 weeks of the season, and should once again be the focal point of the offense in Week 4 provided Brissett starts again.

2016 Week 2 vs MIA (29 / 123 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was a tale of two games for Blount. The first half barely saw any touches, as Jimmy Garoppolo was completely dismantling the Dolphins. Then, Jimmy G got hurt, and the team rode Blount to the tune of 29 total carries. Blount ran fairly well considering the Dolphins knew exactly what was coming, and turned a couple runs into chunk gains that very well could have been stopped for a couple yards. His highlight play was a hurdle of a defender, something Blount seemingly does once every other week. He also hit paydirt on an easy draw that saw him nearly untouched from 9 yards out. Going forward, assuming Brissett starts a game or two, Blount should be heavily involved.

2016 Week 1 vs ARI (22 / 70 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount had tough sledding on the day, as the Arizona run defense absolutely dominated the Patriots offensive line on running plays. Many of Blount's runs went for 0 or 1 yards, and his only positive runs were the ones he bounced to the outside. His touchdown was a great one, as he carried several defenders who were nearly riding him piggyback-style into the endzone. However, he also committed a terrible fumble that Arizona converted into a touchdown, but was back in the game on the very next drive. Blount's lines will be very game flow dependent as the season goes on.


Latest News

Patriots | LeGarrette Blount totals 70 yards, TD (Mon Oct 17, 01:21 AM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) rushed 13 times for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He added two receptions for 20 yards on two targets.

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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount will play Sunday (Sun Oct 16, 10:19 AM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) will be active for Week 6's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount listed as limited (Fri Oct 14, 07:01 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Our View: Blount is a strong RB2 as he should be in line for goal line opportunities with the Patriots offense clicking heading into the matchup with Cincinnati.

Patriots | LeGarrette Blount questionable vs. Bengals (Fri Oct 14, 05:38 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) was one of 12 players on the team's injury report Friday, Oct. 14.

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