RB LeGarrette Blount - New England Patriots
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News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Blount was replaced by a sprier Jonas Gray for most of the second half, and he gets the Jets run defense this week. He is no longer useful to us.
General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 16: at New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. This is an AFC East grudge match, so season records aren't really relevant - the Jets and the Patriots play each other tough every time they clash. Their last meeting was in Week Seven, when the Patriots prevailed 27-25 by blocking a last-second field-goal attempt by the Jets. Shane Vereen starred in the first match between these teams, leading the Patriots in rushing (11/43/0 rushing and 5/72/2 receiving) and receiving. The Patriots moved away from LeGarrette Blount (8/17/1 rushing with 2/7/0 receiving) vs. Miami last week, getting Jonas Gray out of the doghouse with 11/62/0 rushing and 1/7/0 receiving. As is usual, the Patriots' rushing attack is a committee of backs - Shane Vereen handled 6/5/1 rushing and 1/12/0 receiving at the Chargers' last week. The Jets' rush D is ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 87.5 yards allowed per game, with .5 TDs given up per contest (seven over the last 14 games). Tennessee managed 28/89/0 rushing last week, right on the usual pace for the Jets, while Minnesota had 28/114/0 rushing vs. New York two weeks ago. This looks like a bad matchup for the Patriots' committee.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs GB (10 / 58 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While Blount ran well in the game, there weren't enough plays drawn up for him and the rushing attack as a whole, as the pass/run ratio ended up 35:17, which isn't quite the balance the Patriots are used to. Blount had two notable run of around 12 yards back to back where he broke multiple tackles on each play, showing an incredible amount of power and ability to gain yards after first contact. Operating as the primary early down back and ball carrier ahead of other Patriots running backs, Blount did have a touchdown 'vultured' from him and ceded time to Shane Vereen in passing and third down situations, as per normal. Perhaps Blount is fresh because of his spare usage during his Steeler tenure, but he should definitely be a part of the game plan going forward on a weekly basis.
2014 Week 14 vs SD (20 / 66 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Ever since re-joining the Patriots, Blount has been the de facto ball carrier, playing well when given reasonable room to run. Against the Chargers, Blount ran all over the defense in the first couple drives, then the Chargers defense simply overwhelmed the Patriots offensive run blocking, severely limiting Blount's chances. As usual, Blount broke tackles, gained plenty of yards after contact when not stuffed by several players behind the line, and even caught a couple passes, which is rare for him. The box score shows a mediocre yards per carry clip, but place that blame on the offensive line, not Blount.
2014 Week 15 vs MIA (8 / 17 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
A quiet day for Blount, who saw his snaps dialed back as he entered a timeshare with other running backs and saw a gameplan focused more on the passing game. He didn't find much running room and didn't have any notable plays to speak of besides his two yard touchdown, which he had plenty of room to work with. You never know who's going to have the hot hand in the Patriots backfield on a given week.
Latest NewsPatriots | LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen limited (Thu Dec 18, 04:54 PM) - New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle) were both limited for the second straight day in practice Thursday, Dec. 18. Our View: Vereen is the guy who will get you the likelier payout this week and we have him as an RB3 with upside, while Blount is much more hit or miss, and is no better than a RB3.
link to story Patriots | LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen limited (Wed Dec 17, 04:20 PM) - New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle) were both limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. link to story Patriots | LeGarrette Blount misses practice (Wed Dec 10, 06:19 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 10. Our View: The Patriots are just giving Blount some rest here. He's going to be a battering ram against the Dolphins in Week 15.
link to story Patriots | LeGarrette Blount resolves court case (Wed Dec 10, 01:32 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount will have his marijuana possession charge in Pittsburgh dropped if he serves 50 hours of community service by February. Our View: Blount could still receive a punishment from the NFL once his case is resolved, according to his attorney.
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