RB LeGarrette Blount - New England Patriots
|6-1, 241||Born: 12-5-1986||College: Oregon||Drafted: ---|
Week 21: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. LeGarrette Blount has rushed for eight touchdowns in his last seven post-season games. He has scored six times in his last seven games this season, including the Divisional and Conference Championship games. He regained the lead position in the Patriots' running back stable during the Conference Championship game, handling 16/47/1 rushing while Dion Lewis had 6/11/0 rushing (with two targets for 2/8/0 receiving) and James White handled just 1/0/0 rushing (with four targets for 3/8/0 receiving). Two games ago, in the Divisional round vs. Houston, Lewis led the team with 13/41/1 rushing and seven targets for 2/23/1 receiving while Blount had just 8/31/0 rushing - but Blount had been ill prior to the Houston game and missed two practices. We'll see a blend of Blount, Lewis and White during the Super Bowl, but expect Blount and Lewis to handle the bulk of the work. Atlanta limited the Seahawks' lead running back, Thomas Rawls, to 11/34/0 rushing in the Divisional round of the playoffs, while Russell Wilson managed 6/49/0 rushing to lead the team - all told, the Seahawks posted 21/101/0 rushing at Atlanta in the Divisional round. The Falcons followed up by holding the Packers to 17/99/0 rushing during the Conference Championships (the Packers were down 0-24 at Atlanta by half-time and had to go pass-heavy in the second half). So far they average 100 rushing yards allowed per game during the post-season, down slightly from their season average of 104.5 rushing yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL, with 15 rushing scores given out during 16 games). From Week 15-17 (last three games of regular season), they averaged 18.3 fantasy points allowed per game (15th-most in the NFL). The Falcons aren't pushovers in this phase of the game, but they aren't shutting down the opposition, either. This is a neutral matchup for Blount and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 20 vs PIT (16 / 47 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The running game took a backseat to Tom Brady and the passing game against the Steelers. As a result, Blount's day was fairly muted, as he had most of his stats in garbage time. His 1 yard touchdown was a fairly standard one, though it did come when the game was still competitive.
2016 Week 19 vs HOU (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Part because he had been under the weather during the week, part because Dion Lewis played like a beast, Blount took a backseat against the Texans, playing roughly half of his snaps once the game was out of reach. As a result, there wasn't much to speak of for the bellcow RB. Don't be surprised if he does see more meaningful snaps next week.
2016 Week 17 vs MIA (14 / 51 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount did his thing, and capped it off with his 18th touchdown of the season. If you guessed it was a 1 yarder, you were correct, as Blount has made a habit of cashing those in. The touchdown did come on 3rd down, as Blount toted the prior to plays to the 2 yard line, then the 1 yard line. Beyond that, he saw 14 touches, as Dion Lewis and the passing game were sprinkled in liberally.
2016 Week 16 vs NYJ (20 / 50 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Though not the most efficient day, Blount still scored a pair of 1 yard touchdowns thanks to great field positioning. The sledding was notably tougher, and part of it was on the offense, but credit the stout Jets run defense as well. There weren't many signature plays to speak of for Blount.
2016 Week 15 vs DEN (17 / 31 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Though he got his usual 1 yard touchdown and set Patriots history in the process, Blount was outplayed by Dion Lewis, as the speed dimension worked better than the power dimension with the run game. He did still see plenty of touches, as the Patriots were determined to win via the ground game. However, Blount was stonewalled nearly the entire game, with a long run of 5 yards. Blount will still be an integral part of the run game as the power back and finisher going forward.
2016 Week 14 vs BAL (18 / 72 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
League leader in touchdowns? Check. Over 1,000 yards? Check. Once again, Blount ran well despite it being fairly obvious when his number was called. Perhaps his most important series was at the end of the game, when he willed his way to icing the game with hard running, including a critical 4th and 1 conversion. His touchdown was a 1 yarder, something Blount has seen his share of this season. The carry majority in the backfield is still his, and as long as games are competitive or the Pats are up, he'll see his share of the work.
2016 Week 13 vs LA (18 / 88 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount ran well against the Rams, particularly on his long touchdown run which actually came on 4th down. The interior was often sealed up due to Rams safeties playing downhill, which meant Blount was able to bounce a few key runs outside due to a lack of edge contain. This was the case on his touchdown, which was bounced to the outside for a long score. Expect Blount to share the backfield going forward, but he's still the guy who will see the most true rushes.
2016 Week 12 vs NYJ (11 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Though he had two nice chunk runs, the Patriots game plan called for a lot of passing the ball and not much running. Blount also had to contend with Dion Lewis working his way back into the mix. One of Blount's long runs saw him reverse field to the left after initially running right, completely going behind the offensive line. It meant Tom Brady ended up out front as a blocker, which likely terrified the collective Patriots fan base. Blount's workload will be up and down depending on game flow and Lewis's health going forward.
2016 Week 11 vs SF (19 / 124 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As expected, the volume was there for Blount as the Patriots were heavy road favorites in San Francisco with wet conditions. However, a long touchdown run was called back by a holding penalty leaving his box score without a needed touchdown and surpassing 150 yards. His day was largely built on two long runs, which did count, once finding a wide open cutback lane for more than 40 yards and another perimeter jaunt. There was a concerted effort to integrate Dion Lewis back into the offense. Along with James White, Blount's snap count will be a critical watch, regardless of game script, going forward.
2016 Week 10 vs SEA (21 / 69 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Though there wasn't much running room on the day, Blount was still able to find paydirt three times thanks to some fortuitous plays prior. Two of his touchdowns were of the 1 yard variety, and fairly nondescript at that. His 13 yard touchdown was a run outside left tackle that had good tight end blocking, and frankly a fairly direct route to the goal line, as a couple defenders took bad angles. Beyond the touchdowns, the Seahawks defense held stout, and Blount was held in check for much of the day.
2016 Week 8 vs BUF (18 / 43 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ceding way to the passing game, Blount was largely bottled up, and salvaged his day with a 1 yard plunge. Beyond that, there weren't any big plays to speak of, as his lines will vary week to week based on game plan.
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 ñ 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 ñ 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.
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