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RB LeGarrette Blount - New England Patriots

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

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General News (Sat Jan 31): completed his 50 hours of community service, and his drug charge from earlier this season has been withdrawn, according to his attorney. Blount was charged with marijuana possession in August with Le'Veon Bell. Now that he's been through the legal process, the NFL could step in with a fine or suspension. If suspended for 2015, we can't see it being more than maybe a game or two. The NFL might decide just to fine Blount instead.

General News (Wed Jan 28): should be a factor in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, in the opinion of Boston Herald writer Karen Guregian. Despite Seattle's highly ranked run defense, they lost games earlier this season to both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys, who used run-heavy game plans. The Green Bay Packers also had early success on the ground against the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers opened up holes by overloading lanes with pulling linemen, which is something the Patriots like to do with their guards and tackles. If the Patriots stay away from the run, Seattle's linebackers will drop back in zone coverage, making it tougher on the Patriots passing game.

Week 21: vs Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Against the outstanding Baltimore rush D, the Patriots elected to emphasize the passing game during the Divisional Round of the playoffs, with only 13 rushes attempted all day (vs. 51 passes thrown). Brandon Bolden (3/7/0 rushing with 1/11/0 receiving) led the team in rushing while Tom Brady actually accounted for a TD run (6/0/1) - all told, the Patriots had 13/14/1 rushing to open the playoffs. During regular season, this team ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 107.9 rushing yards per game, with 13 rushing scores posted. Against the flaccid Indianapolis defensive front, the story was entirely different in this phase of the game. LeGarrette Blount smashed the Colts for 30/148/3 rushing and New England posted 40/177/3 as a team - heading into the Super Bowl, Blount is the battering ram who can assault the middle of an opposing defense. Look for him to have a significant role against Seattle on Sunday, although he probably won't score multiple rushing TDs against the Seahawks (see below). For his part, Blount isn't intimidated by Seattle: 'I don't care about them being the top defense, that doesn't bother me,' Blount said at Super Bowl media day. 'They were good enough to get here, just like we were good enough to get here. They're not immortal. They can be beaten...' The Seahawks' rush D closed out regular season ranked third in the NFL averaging 81.5 yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores surrendered over 16 games played. Carolina managed 30/132/0 rushing at Seattle in the Divisional Round game, while the Packers posted 30/135/0 rushing during the Conference Championship game. St. Louis had 19/42/0 rushing at Seattle in the season finale (and only managed six points). As you can see, it is hard to push in TDs against the Seahawks in this phase of the game. Advantage, Seattle.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
17 vs BUF 10 62 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 vs BAL 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 vs IND 30 148 3 0 0 0 0 0
21 vs SEA 14 40 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds 18 * * 1 * * *
21 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay 13 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 19 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount and the running game were essentially a non factor throughout the day, as the Patriots dialed up just a handful of runs and attacked the Ravens through the air. As a result, Blount did nearly nothing, although he did get stuffed for a negative gain at the 1 yard line.

2014 Week 20 vs IND (30 / 148 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount would be the greatest back in history if he got to play the Colts every week. Two postseason games, over 300 yards on the ground and a whopping 7 touchdowns. Blount ran wild, displaying power and surprising shiftiness, making several quality jump cuts that you shouldn't see from a back his size. Even Shady McCoy was jealous of one particular 9 yard run where Blount should have been stuffed right away, but made two jump cuts to gain yardage. This was the theme throughout the day, as Blount dominated touches and the Colts defense along with solid run blocking. Blount's first touchdown was a 1 yard score after he narrowly missed the end zone from 4 yards out. Blount's 13 yard touchdown came from a heavy formation, as he barreled over a few players and got tackled as he reached the end zone, stretching for the score. Again, a great display of power on the run. Blount's final touchdown was from 2 yards out, and again, a matter of going up the gut and driving people forward til he reached the end zone. The Seahawks will be a much tougher test, but if he plays as he did against the Colts, the Patriots will have a serious weapon in their favor.

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