RB LeGarrette Blount - Free Agent
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2018 Week 1 vs NYJ (4 / -3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount earned the start against the Jets but was limited to only four carries for negative three yards. Blount has taken over the early down role for the Lions, but his usage is largely predictable for opposing defenses. Blount left the game with an injury in the second half but returned to the sideline later in the game with his helmet. However, Blount did not return to the game. He appears to be the starter in Detroit, but his usage was severally curtailed by bad game script.
2018 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount drew the start against the 49ers but worked in a time share with Kerryon Johnson. Blount was proficient running with balance and power between the tackles, while Johnson worked as the more versatile back. Blount was ejected for unnecessary roughness on a play where an unnecessary roughness should have been called on a hit against Stafford. Blount played the role of the defensive, albeit aggressive teammate, shoving a defender to the ground to earn the ejection. The penalty did not appear to be something that would subject him to additional missed time.
2018 Week 3 vs NE (16 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
The Detroit Lions had a lot of running room against New England. New England played a lot of two high safeties, and the offensive line performed well. Blount was the lead back early but rotated frequently with Kerryon Johnson. Johnson performed better and is more dynamic, but Detroit has shown a willingness to continue including Blount as a focal point of the run game. Blount ran with power and continues driving after contact. Blount was also used twice out of the backfield for receptions.
2018 Week 4 vs DAL (7 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount was the second back to see carries for Detroit after Kerryon Johnson. Blount split carries with Johnson through the rest of the game but was the clearly inferior player. Blount saw little room to run and had a hard time creating on his own. Detroit had a red zone opportunity where Johnson was given the opportunity to score a touchdown.
2018 Week 5 vs GB (12 / 22 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount finished two red zone trips with short touchdowns against Green Bay. The first was set up by a turnover and the second was a long pass to Kenny Golladay, so Blount largely benefitted from the work of others. Blount's success is notable because Detroit has long struggled in the red zone to convert short scoring chances on the ground. Blount otherwise rotated with Kerryon Johnson but is clearly the inferior talent. Blount gets swallowed up on carries where Johnson's speed and cutting ability would allow him greater opportunity. While Blount is not seeing the first carries of the game, he is highly involved in the offense and used in high leverage situations.
2018 Week 7 vs MIA (10 / 50 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount is seeing secondary usage behind Kerryon Johnson but is carrying the short yardage and goal line work. Blount scored an untouched touchdown on a goal line carry and ran physically against Miami but needs a touchdown for fantasy viability with Johnson's continued emergence.
2018 Week 8 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount had a quiet game against Seattle with only 4 touches. Blount was the second back behind Kerryon Johnson but fell victim to negative game script after Seattle jumped out to an early lead. Blount had a reception on a screen pass which was set up well with the use of Blount to show a heavy package on the play as a disguise to the screen pass. Blount's role in the offense is becoming more limited with Kerryon Johnson's continued emergence and risks a dud game when he does not score a touchdown. He will look to rebound against Minnesota next week.
2018 Week 9 vs MIN (5 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount was the clear backup to Kerryon Johnson against Minnesota and struggled against a Minnesota defense that overwhelmed Detroit's offensive line. Blount did see a red zone snap, but Detroit was penalized on the play. He managed a long run of seven yards, while gaining only one yard on his other four carries. Blount was also targeted on a screen set up by play action that was snuffed out by Minnesota. Blount's fantasy viability is dependent on red zone looks, which is a concern as he faces a stingy Chicago defense next week.
2018 Week 10 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount was limited to only six carries in a loss to the Bears. Blount's role in the offense has been dwindling with the continued emergence of Kerryon Johnson. Blount worked in a couple of series during the game and had consecutive goal line runs that were both stopped for no gain. He was then removed on third down when Johnson was able to convert a carry for a touchdown. Blount's role in the offense is a backup who handles short yardage and goal line carries, so his failure at the goal line combined with Johnson's success is a concern going forward. Blount faces Carolina next week.
2018 Week 11 vs CAR (7 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount continued in his role as the backup to Kerryon Johnson against Carolina. Detroit's offense did not see any goal line opportunities, with the closest attempt coming on Johnson's 8-yard touchdown. At this point in his career, Blount is the far inferior talent to Johnson. Blount struggles when he must stop and start his feet and faced multiple carries where he was stopped in the backfield by interior penetration on Sunday. Blount got the primary work in the fourth quarter when Detroit tried to salt the game away but was largely ineffective. Blount could draw a start against Chicago on Thanksgiving if Kerryon Johnson misses the game.
2018 Week 12 vs CHI (19 / 88 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount started in the absence of Kerryon Johnson on Thanksgiving against the Bears. Blount was involved early in the game and managed multiple big plays throughout the game after spending recent weeks struggling to develop positive runs. Blount had success behind the left side of the offensive line breaking off carries of 9 and 27 yards and had a wide-open reception for 15 yards. Blount tried to cut back to the middle of the field on the reception instead of heading toward the sideline where there were no defenders. Blount scored twice at the goal line on after struggling to punch his opportunities in for scores in recent weeks. Blount will face the Los Angeles Rams next week, but Johnson's health is a key to monitor leading up to the game.
2018 Week 13 vs LAR (16 / 61 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount drew the start again with Kerryon Johnson injured. Blount had success running on the interior against the Rams and was able to get to the edge for a 24-yard gain in the fourth quarter. Blount was used in the passing game once, on a screen that bounced off his hand. Blount did not get any opportunities in the red zone, which is necessary for Blount to have difference making fantasy impact. Blount will face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but Kerryon Johnson's injury status is important to monitor for Blount's role.
2018 Week 14 vs ARI (12 / 33 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount started against the Arizona Cardinals with Kerryon Johnson missing another game with an injury. Blount performed well early, getting to the edge for a chunk gain and running with interior power. Blount also caught a pass which he then fumbled and was recovered by Arizona. He did not lose time immediately afterwards, as he continued to run as the lead back into the second half, before ceding time to Zach Zenner who closed the game out, including a goal line touchdown. Blount faces a threat to his usage from the return of Kerryon Johnson and the emergence of Zach Zenner. Both will be a key to monitor before Blount takes on Buffalo next week.
2018 Week 15 vs BUF (7 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount was replaced as the starting running back by Zach Zenner against the Buffalo Bills. Blount still saw seven carries, including two inside the five that were stopped for no gain. On the next drive, Zach Zenner was able to convert his opportunity at the goal line into a touchdown. Blount was largely ineffective, including a miscommunication on a handoff that nearly resulted in a fumble. Blount is trending in the wrong direction heading into his week 16 matchup against Minnesota.
2018 Week 16 vs MIN (11 / 29 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / -5 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount drew the start against Minnesota ahead of Zach Zenner and struggled against Minnesota's defense. Blount struggled against interior penetration throughout the game and when his feet stopped, the play was over. Blount was also targeted in the passing game 4 times, for a net result of -5 yards, which is about the best description of Detroit's offensive supporting cast and play calling. Blount will finish the season next week at Green Bay.
2018 Week 17 vs GB (11 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount drew the start against the Green Bay Packers. Detroit tried to get the run started early with little success. Zach Zenner has been consistently better than Blount over the past month, but Blount continued to see early work. Blount struggled on the interior when he had to stop and start, and ceded goal line red zone work to Zenner. Blount is a free agent this offseason.
2017 Week 1 vs WAS (14 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
LeGarrette Blount answered the question this week on whether he would receive a full workload of carries as he out carried Wendell Smallwood 14 to 4. Blount was only on the field for 23 total plays. This is going to be a situation to watch all year as while Blount had the carries his longest run was only 7 yards and he only averaged 3.3 yards per carry. Wentz did find Blount for a receiving touchdown on a one yard pass on the goal line which was a nice bonus as this was his only target that he had in this game.
2017 Week 2 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount did not have a carry in this game and only saw six snaps. He did catch one pass, but for the time being it appears that he has dropped out of favor in this offense.
2017 Week 3 vs NYG (12 / 67 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount after not being on the field much in week two as he only had six snaps had 12 carries including a touchdown from inside the one yard-line. Most impressive from Blount was his ability to get yards on those carries as he averaged 5.6 yards per carry including a 20-yard run which was Blount's longest carry of the season so far. On the play, Blount followed Jason Kelce who pulled from the center position to be the lead blocker and leave a huge hole for Blount to run through.
2017 Week 4 vs LAC (16 / 136 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
After not having a carry two weeks ago, the Eagles have turned back to Blount and he delivered in a big way this week. Blount is still not seeing a significant amount of snaps as he was only on the field for 26 snaps and saw 16 carries, so when he is on the field he is seeing a high percentage of carries. Blount looked explosive on a 68-yard run in which he broke several tackles and was able to show a little bit of speed after breaking three tackles and cutting the ball outside only to be brought down inside the ten. Blount showed significant power in this game as he was difficult for the Chargers to tackle in a one on one situation as it often took several Chargers to bring him down.
2017 Week 5 vs ARI (14 / 74 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With no Wendell Smallwood in this game, LeGarrette Blount saw the primary role as the running back this week. Blount continues to run the ball in his limited action on the field as he saw 26 snaps while carrying the ball 14 times on those 26 snaps. He continues to use his power behind this offensive line. Blount got off to a slow start in this game, but in the third quarter, he was able to have a run off the left tackle for about 25 yards untouched and then carry defenders for another 12 yards for a gain of 37 yards which was half of his total yardage on one carry. Outside of this run there really was not a lot to mention for Blount as he had 13 carries for 37 yards and one of those was a 14 yard run up the middle.
2017 Week 6 vs CAR (14 / 67 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount has solidified himself as the lead running back in this backfield after starting the season off slow. Blount has gelled with this offensive line to continuously find holes created by Jason Kelce straight up the middle. Even on plays in which he was unable to have a hole, Blount would turn to his raw power in this game by putting his head down and carrying a defensive player a few yards before going down. Blount was able to find the end zone early in the third quarter on a one-yard play in which he was hit in the backfield and then hit again by Mike Adams carrying him into the end zone.
2017 Week 7 vs WAS (14 / 29 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Unfortunately for Blount, it looks like the Redskins game plan focused on stopping him rather than Carson Wentz. The big running back had no success running the ball and barely averaged 2 yards per carry. The majority of his 29 yards also came on one play with a 21-yard rush with 3 minutes left in the game. Blount had 8 yards on 13 carries to that point and was frustrated by the Redskins' defensive front all night. Blount was brought in to be the big back on the goal line. However, Blount was given the ball on the 4-yard line and he was stuffed for a 3-yard loss. Blount was unable to get going today but Wentz and the passing game more than made up for the frustrating running game. With a very weak 49ers defense coming to town next week, Blount should be able to get back on track.
2017 Week 8 vs SF (16 / 48 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
This was the type of game that we occasionally see from LeGarrette Blount where he just does not get much going early on but is able to wear down the defense late for some big yardage. Blount's last two carries of the game were 11 yards and 12 yards in which prior to that point he had just 14 carries for 25 yards. That 12-yard touchdown was a touchdown late in the game in this one. Blount was on the field for 50% of the teams play which is a season-high for the running back.
2017 Week 9 vs DEN (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount was only on the field for 16 snaps in this game which was the lowest since week two this season. Blount is the least explosive back on the team so far this season and his role going forward will be something to watch as he did start the game but did not see many carries after the first few drives.
2017 Week 11 vs DAL (13 / 57 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount saw the most snaps this week for the Eagles as he was on the field for 47% of the snaps this week. Prior to the fourth quarter, Blount had really struggled to get anything going in this game but was able to break a 30-yard run in which he cut two yards into the backfield to elude an oncoming defensive player.
2017 Week 12 vs CHI (15 / 97 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount looked mobile in this game as he averaged 6.5 yards per game and even hurdled a defender in the second quarter. The offensive line absolutely dominated this Bears defense this week and if Blount gets to the second level he is very difficult to take down as we saw on a 35 yard run this week which unfortunately Blount fumbled at the end of it to take away an otherwise very strong run that took several defensive backs to bring him down. Blount once again led the team in snaps as he was on the field for 51% of the plays this week.
2017 Week 13 vs SEA (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was only on the field for 19% of the snaps in this game as when the team falls behind, he is not going to see much playing time. When he was on the field, he had a tough time getting anything going as he averaged just 3.2 yards per carry and his longest run was just 11 yards. These types of weeks are tough for Blount as his strength is not in pass-blocking or receiving. Expect him to see his normal workload in games the team is winning.
2017 Week 14 vs LAR (7 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Blount was largely a non-factor in this game as he averaged just 1.7 yards per carry and was stuffed at the goal line on his one goal-line attempt from the half-yard line. Blount appears to be falling out of favor for this Eagles team.
2017 Week 15 vs NYG (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was only given 7 carries this week and was unable to do much of anything with them. He averaged 3 yards per carry and none of the work came on the goal line this week. Ajayi has slowly taken touches away from Blount and he now looks to be the expendable piece for the Eagles this offseason. With Kenjon Barner and Corey Clement starting to make noise behind him, Blount is going to continue to lose touches as the season wraps up.
2017 Week 17 vs DAL (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Blount was filling in for Jay Ajayi who did not play in this game due to rest. Blount who only played 25% of the snaps in this game, did lead the team in carries with nine as no other running back saw more than four carries. This was a typical LeGarrette Blount performance as he just was able to use his power to gain positive yards but did not have any memorable runs or break anything longer than a nine-yard carry
2017 Week 19 vs ATL (9 / 19 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was primarily used for short yardage carries in this game as he saw the goal line work this week. While he did score a one-yard touchdown on fourth and goal, he seemingly was not utilized except for short down plays which has been his role for the past few weeks and we expect this role to continue in the future.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Űtackled' 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.
2014 Week 1 vs CLE (4 / 6 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was relatively quiet in this game. He managed only 6 total yards on a paltry 4 carries for the game; however, he was on the field for most of the goalline opportunities, which coincides with preseason reports out of Pittsburgh. Blount was targeted once in the passing game on a wheel route early in the first quarter, although Roethlisberger overthrew him in the endzone.
2014 Week 2 vs BAL (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount was on the field for only 13% (8 out of 60) of the Steelers' snaps for this game and was a general afterthought in the offense. As the goal line running back, Blount's value is entirely contingent upon the Steelers getting deep into the redzone, which they did not accomplish in this entire game. Thus, Blount saw minimal action and was a non-factor for fantasy purposes.
2014 Week 3 vs CAR (10 / 118 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount got increased playing time due to the large margin of victory and he made the most of it. He had a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter that was reminiscent of his running back partner, Le'Veon Bell--in a play that was designed to run off the right guard, Blount found little room and cut back to the left side before shifting to the right and outrunning would-be tacklers before eventually tiring inside the Carolina 10-yard line. Blount had an impressive touchdown run where he took advantage of a nice block by his fullback to open a big hole on the left side of the line; he pounced through the gap, lowered his body into the opposing safety, and literally dragged him into the endzone for the touchdown. Despite his impressive on-field performance and consequent stat line, it is worth noting that 107 of his 118 rushing yards came in the 4th quarter, when the outcome of the game was all but a formality; his future fantasy value remains completely contingent on Le'Veon Bell's health.
2014 Week 4 vs TB (4 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After accumulating some decent fantasy production in Week #3, Blount was quiet against the Buccaneers. Blount saw 12 snaps on the day and accumulated most of his statistics in a second quarter drive, where he had 3 carries for 20 yards; he added an additional carry thereafter for 5 yards. As long as Bell is healthy, it appears that Blount's fantasy value is limited to garbage time and goalline carries.
2014 Week 5 vs JAX (8 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Blount saw his largest snap count of the year (21 snaps), presumably in an effort to provide some relief to Le'Veon Bell in a very winnable game. Blount carried the ball 8 times and also caught 3 passes to collect a total of 46 yards on the day; in their only goal line opportunity, the Steelers elected to pass the ball, which was disappointing for Blount owners. Blount is still a viable handcuff to Bell and will have an immediate fantasy impract if Bell were to be injured or otherwise miss any appreciable time.
2014 Week 6 vs CLE (8 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount only played 11 snaps due to the Steelers falling behind early; in fact, Blount played the first two plays of the 2nd quarter and was not on the field again until the very last Steelers' drive in the 4th quarter. He did manage to get a couple of goalline carries in the 1st quarter, but was unsuccessful in converting those attempts into a touchdown.
2014 Week 7 vs HOU (7 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Blount saw a typical workload against the Texans, playing in 27% of the Steeler's offensive snaps. He was largely ineffective on the ground, gaining only 9 yards on 7 carries, but did catch one pass out of the backfield for a gain of 8 yards. Blount's value as the goalline back continues to be hampered by the Steelers' reluctance to run the ball in the redzone; they ran 5 plays inside the Texans' 20-yard line and all were passes.
2014 Week 8 vs IND (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount spelled Le'Veon Bell in certain situations, playing in ~ 20% of the Steelers' offensive snaps. Blount carried the ball minimally and caught a few passes out of the backfield, but none of those touches led to any substantial gains or scoring plays. Blount lost a potentially costly fumble deep in the redzone in the 4th quarter, which returned the ball to the Colts when they trailed by only a touchdown.
2014 Week 9 vs BAL (10 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount carried the ball a season-high 10 times against the Ravens. Blount, however, was stymied at the line of scrimmage by a Ravens' front seven that allowed only 2.2 yards per carry on the game; Blount's running back partner, Le'Veon Bell, experienced similar poor rushing output in this game. Blount did receive the Steelers' only rushing attempts inside the 10-yard line, indicating that he is still their goalline back moving forward.
2014 Week 10 vs NYJ (5 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount tied his season-low for offensive snaps played (6), but did manage to get 2 key goalline carries in the fourth quarter; on those efforts, Blount was unsuccessful against the Jets' solid defensive front, losing a total of 8 yards. Blount finished the day with 5 carries for no net gain and only has fantasy value in touchdown-only leagues and as a handcuff for Le'Veon Bell.
2014 Week 11 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount is progressively being phased out of the Steelers' offense. After averaging ~ 14 offensive snaps over the first nine games, Blount has received 6 and 1 snap(s) over the past two games, respectively. He did not touch the ball in this game and his fantasy value moving forward is completely contingent on a Le'Veon Bell injury.
2014 Week 12 vs DET (12 / 78 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The stars aligned for Blount as he was cut by the Steelers, picked up by the Patriots, then Jonas Gray showed up late for practice. As a result, he saw a handful of meaningful carries and two touchdowns, though 7 of those carries came on the game's final drive. If this had been a closer game, we were looking at maybe 6, 7 carries on the day. Both of his touchdowns were short plunges from the goal line which he cashed in on with relative ease. Blount's role will largely be situational, as he won't be much of a factor in pass heavy games, and Jonas Gray may see more touches in the future.
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.
2014 Week 17 vs BUF (10 / 62 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Considering he was hurt, LeGarrette Blount played a decent role in the running game, though that was partially because Jonas Gray was inactive. Blount had one big run that featured a huge running hole and some decent moves to pick up extra yardage, but he also tripped over his own two feet on two separate plays before getting out of the backfield, a rarity in the NFL. Beyond that, he played well and did his usual pile moving considering his run blocking wasn't amazing.
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.
2013 Week 1 vs BUF (7 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After Stevan Ridley fumbled away two rushes, Blount started to see a few more touches. However, Blount was noticeably slower and more plodding than Shane Vereen and even Ridley, and after a handful of carries, he barely saw any time as Shane Vereen operated for most of the second half. There wasn't much to write home about here, as Blount didn't do anything positive that stood out, and barely registered over 2.0 yards per carry. Even when he was in, he was taken off on third downs, a clear indication that he's still not fully trusted in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield.
2013 Week 2 vs NYJ (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount came in to spell Stevan Ridley for the most part, and was largely ineffective on his touches since he's more of a plodder and tough yardage guy than anything else. He wasn't given the touch volume to see significant gains, and is clearly behind Ridley (and Vereen when healthy) in the pecking order.
2013 Week 3 vs TB (14 / 65 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount got plenty of work against his former team this week. The Patriots got up on Tampa Bay by two touchdowns by halftime and Blount ended up the leading rusher on the day. It was tough sledding for Blount early in the game with situational snaps, but he got on a roll late in the game as the clock-killing back of choice. The Tampa Bay defense looked like they wanted no part of playing tough against the run on the final couple of drives as Blount found big holes and plenty of yards after contact to close out his gains. He was not involved in the passing game and was not asked to pass block much.
2013 Week 5 vs CIN (12 / 51 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Stevan Ridley injured, Blount had a great opportunity to get solid volume in the running game. Instead, he decided to fumble and turn the ball over on a play you could see coming, as the ball was swinging wildly as he ran. As a result, Blount only saw 3 touches in the second half, and this was out of necessity since the Patriots were down to two healthy backs by that point. He did show a bit more burst than earlier in the season, but as usual, Blount ran hard and got what was blocked and not a whole lot more. He also missed converting a goal line carry, though he didn't have many places to go. Still, on the day, it was the costly fumble that will be remembered above all else.
2013 Week 6 vs NO (7 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
If Stevan Ridley showed burst and vision, LeGarrette Blount showed the exact opposite, looking molasses slow and tentative on each of his carries. The shade-over-1 yard per carry is much more of an indictment on Blount's inability to escape tacklers and run with burst than it is on the run blocking line. It was clear he was operating just to spell Ridley in many cases, and that's likely the way the Patriots will want to keep it if they want success on the ground.
2013 Week 7 vs NYJ (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount had 1 touch on the day that didn't include kickoff returns, which tells you all you need to know about the plodder. Don't expect much from him barring injury to the other running backs.
2013 Week 8 vs MIA (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
You've read it three thousand times by now, but LeGarrette Blount is so slow and plodding it's almost painful to watch. Prior to the fourth quarter, Blount had less than 2 yards per carry. He got the majority of his yards in the fourth, and got exactly what was blocked. His 19 yard run was all offensive line, as you or I could have probably gained at least that much on the play. It seems Blount is being used in a short yardage pound capacity as well as a clock killer type role.
2013 Week 9 vs PIT (5 / 47 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount finally took a clear back seat in the Patriots backfield rotation, seeing his only real playing time on kick returns and in the closing minutes. He looked slightly more spry than usual today, and his touchdown was fascinating. He somehow squirted out of a pile and dragged some defenders with him. Blocking was solid, and he got what was in front of him.
2013 Week 11 vs CAR (10 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount actually ran with some good power against the Panthers, picking up extra yardage on several runs. He received touches after Stevan Ridley committed a critical fumble, and got a bit more than what was blocked. He also displayed better vision than he has in most games this season, and perhaps earned a case for at least a handful of touches in games going forward, especially around the red zone.
2013 Week 12 vs DEN (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount came in as the primary back after a Stevan Ridley fumble and promptly proceeded to fumble on his second carry. Unsurprisingly, that was Blount's last action of the day.
2013 Week 13 vs HOU (12 / 44 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Stevan Ridley inactive for fumbling issues, Blount did the 'heavy lifting' with 12 total carries. He ran well, showing some decent burst relatively speaking, displaying decent vision as well. He was also the beneficiary of solid blocking, as has been the case all season. His 9 yard touchdown run saw a decent hole open up, but he also fought off a tackle to break into the endzone.
2013 Week 14 vs CLE (8 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec)
Blount actually looked decent against the Browns, showing better vision and slipperiness than in many weeks prior. He broke several tackles, found holes and ran tough. Perhaps more surprising, he actually caught a pass, and it went for 32 yards as there was barely anyone around him.
2013 Week 15 vs MIA (11 / 47 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Blount showed decent elusiveness on the day, breaking tackles and showing better vision than he has in the past. Blount also caught a designed pass, which is a rarity for him. Although he doesn't have the burst of the other Patriots running backs, it's clear that he's the best pounder the Patriots have. If he's able to hang onto the ball and run like he did today, there's a role available for him in every game.
2013 Week 16 vs BAL (16 / 76 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount ran with some of the best combinations of power, elusiveness and vision that he's displayed this season, finding holes many times and breaking tackles on a semi-regular basis. It seems he's really progressed as the season has gone on, and it's notable he was the first back to enter the game before any other Patriots running back. He also saw a season high in carries despite Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden being healthy. Shane Vereen did get injured late in the first quarter, but his role was filled by Bolden. Blount's first touchdown was a 1 yarder that was set up by a pass interference call in the end zone. His second touchdown was a nice 7 yard run which he displayed solid power to push his way into the end zone. Blount's run blocking was mostly solid on the day, save for one play which he got tripped up almost as soon as he received his handoff.
2013 Week 17 vs BUF (24 / 189 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
You can see it in the stat lines, but this was far and away LeGarrette Blount's best day as a Patriot, and likely his best day as a professional football player. He absolutely carried the Patriots offense on his back, rumbling for more than 330 all-purpose yards. Blount showed great vision and solid burst for a guy his size, and the offensive line constantly opened up holes which he attacked over and over. Not only did Blount elude defenders, but he channeled his inner Gronkowski on several runs and simply steamrolled defenders when the situation arose. Blount's first touchdown was a 36 yard beauty, where he cut a run back to find a hole on the right side after initially running left, then outran a safety (that's not a typo) for the score. His second touchdown was another long one as he tiptoed and sped down the left sideline, again outrunning defenders and diving into the endzone with the grace of a newborn baby deer. Not only did Blount dominate the running game, but he helped the Patriots on special teams with two huge kick returns, totaling 145 return yards for a whopping 72.5 yard average. His lone blemish was a fumble, but luckily the Patriots recovered it. Blount played a season high 33 snaps, and it's pretty evident that as the season has gone on, Blount is looking better and better, which not many people expected.
2013 Week 19 vs IND (24 / 166 / 4 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount's final stat line is more impressive than his film against the Colts. He did score right after the first Andrew Luck interception, and generally proved to be stubborn and hard to bring down. Blount had easy, short scores to account for the Patriots second and third touchdowns. His fourth score - which was the back-breaker - was set up by his patience and then better-than-expected burst through the hole to leave a stacked box in his wake. Blount was the focus of the early offensive game plan, and he delivered. The offensive line opened up good holes for him, and Blount's footwork helped him slide at the point of attack to find the best angle to gouge the Colts defense. He also provided a few more runs as the fourth quarter ticked away to extinguish what little chance there was left of a Colts desperation comeback.
2013 Week 20 vs DEN (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Denver run defense made sure the darling of the Patriots recent run had absolutely nothing to show for it against them. Blount was consistently met in the backfield, and the Patriots abandoned the run by the second half for the most part, as Denver dominated time of possession. As such, Blount couldn't do much with his 5 carries.
2012 Week 1 vs CAR (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
The forgotten back in Tampa Bay did not see action until the second quarter, but looked sprightly on his couple of carries before he left with an injury, or at least it seemed that he had gotten hurt. The Buccaneers did not mention an injury for Blount after the game.
2012 Week 3 vs DAL (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount received four carries in relief of Doug Martin but only had one strong run, an 11 yard gain around the left end for 11 yards. Otherwise, his carries came on runs up the middle as the Buccaneers tried to loosen up the middle of the field for the passing game. Blount appears to run with good leg power but he is clearly the backup to Doug Martin in the running game.
2012 Week 4 vs WAS (6 / 17 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount bowled his way into the feature back role for the Buccaneers in 2010, only to play fairly uninspired football in 2011 and cause Tampa Bay to spend a first-round draft pick on Doug Martin. The Buccaneers used Blount in short yardage situations against the Redskins on Sunday afternoon, and he ended up with seventeen yards on six carries. He crashed through the Washington defense in the end zone early in the fourth quarter for a touchdown. Jets running back Shonn Greene is much maligned in the football community for his glacial, plodding style of running, but Blount is essentially the same style of runner as Greene, if Greene came in contact with the ooze from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Blount carried Redskins defenders on his back in attempts to get extra yardage, which was impressive, but his speed was simply non-existent.
2012 Week 6 vs KC (7 / 58 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was used almost exclusively in pass blocking situations until the final drive of the game. By this time the Buccaneers had a huge lead and the Chiefs defense looked tired and disinterested. His 35 yard rumble came because of good vision at the line and perfect timing with his cutback. His touchdown was much of the same, and he actually looked a little bit quick, it just took his 5 yards past the line to get up to full speed.
2012 Week 7 vs NO (5 / -2 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was used on play-fakes a few times, before receiving his first carry in the second quarter. Blount tried to run off left tackle, but he was met by Saints defenders at the line of scrimmage. Blount's second carry came on a slow developing run play when he was forced to hesitate and wait for a hole to develop infront of him. While he was waiting he was hit by two defenders in the backfield. Blount was given three goalline carries after Vincent Jackson's long reception, but on each occasion his offensive line got no push and he was hit in the backfield.
2012 Week 8 vs MIN (8 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite the comfortable win for Tampa Bay, Blount did not see the field much this week. When Blount did get a carry, he was indecisive and routinely stuffed at the line-of-scrimmage. He danced in the backfield as well as making more headway horizontally than north-and-south. The biggest indicator that the Minnesota defense was completely gassed by the end of the game came on Blount's most successful play of the game. In the closing minutes, Blount reversed his field for a big gain. It looked as though the Vikings were completely dialing it in at that point. Given that it took a complete defensive breakdown for Blount to succeed in this one, his fantasy value is minimal going forward.
2012 Week 9 vs OAK (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount's first carry came midway through the second quarter as he plowed into the defense for three yards. Blount was brought in to close the game out in the fourth quarter, but on his second carry of the drive, Josh Freeman lost the football before putting it in his chest. Blount received a lot of criticism at the time, on social media that is, but it really wasn't his fault.
2012 Week 10 vs SD (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount had just one carry in the game, as it has become quite apparent over the last few weeks that Doug Martin is the team's best option in just about all scenarios.
2012 Week 14 vs PHI (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Doug Martin's continued monopoly on the workload in Tampa Bay, Blount was on the field for just one touch. He carried the ball on second-and-short, which he did not convert. He was immediately substituted for Martin on the ensuing third-and-short snap.
2012 Week 15 vs NO (4 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount led all Tampa rushers, with 25 yards on only four carries. All of Blount's carries came on the Bucs' final drive, as both teams looked to drain the clock.
2011 Week 1 vs DET (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount began the game as the primary ball carrier for Tampa but he was stuffed every time he touched the ball. His longest carry was just a five yard gain up the middle, early in the second quarter. He finished the game with just five carries, and was not involved in the passing game at all. While we originally thought Blount might get the bulk of the Tampa carries, it looks like Earnest Graham could get about half of the touches in games that Tampa trails most of the way.
2011 Week 2 vs MIN (13 / 71 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was totally ineffective in the first half of this game, finishing the first 30 minutes of the game with five carries for just four yards. He opened up the second half with a big 27 yard off-tackle run that gave the Bucs their first points of the game. Blount showed his speed and quickness by exploding through the line and went almost untouched to the end zone for six. After the onside kick, he again ran off tackle, showing good pop at the line and breaking out a nice 13 yard gain. He continued to pound the ball up the middle, sometimes being stuffed for no gain, other times breaking out a nice medium 7 or 8 yard run to help move the chains. On the TD pass to Benn, Freeman faked the ball to Blount and the defense bought it completely, allowing Freeman to hit Benn working one on one in the end zone. With time winding down and first a goal from the four yard line with under a minute to play, the Bucs called on Blount again and he rewarded them by slamming the ball into the line and pushing his way into the end zone for the go-ahead TD with just over 30 seconds to spare. He finished the day with a solid performance, but is still not being used in the short passing game and could just as easily have turned in another poor performance based on his first half numbers. Approach with caution.
2011 Week 3 vs ATL (24 / 81 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
He suffers from an offensive line that is overrated and also he is a downhill runner meaning he isn't going to dance around. Blount likes to take it and smash it up inside but unfortunately there were not a lot of holes for him to run thru. He will take defenders with him and can move the pile but also his QB is not stretching the field right now, defenses are almost daring Freeman to beat them and until he does teams will continue to put 8 in the box to slow him down. Also, anytime the Bucs are in a passing mode like they were at the end of the 1st half, Blount is absolutely useless because he won't be used in the passing game at all in favor of Earnest Graham which not only limits his touches but also actual plays that he is on the field. You can't point to his pass protection as being a problem, he simply is not a good receiving back despite the Bucs trying to make him one in the preseason. On a good day Blount will see 15-18 carries, maybe more if the Bucs are ahead or finding success in the running game. That simply wasn't the case very often this past week, but he still saw a lot of carries because the Bucs led for the whole game.
2011 Week 4 vs IND (25 / 127 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
He really was a power back last night slashing thru the Colts defense and gaining lots of extra yards after the initial contact. There has to be plenty of sore bodies on that Colts defense the day after they met LaGarrette. His biggest run of the night was a 33 yard thumper where he met up with the Colts safety about the 4-5 yard line as he was rumbling towards the end zone and he found his way over the goal line while he was still in the air leaping towards the pile on for a touchdown. That was his big play of the night but it was all the other 4 and 5 yard plunges that set that run up. Blount pounded on the Colts defense and he even was involved in the passing game getting a couple targets and making good on a nice 14 yard scamper after he caught the ball and turned it up field. It is possible he is still learning as he is only in his 2nd year in the NFL. He goes right where the plays are designed and he finds yards that other backs simply will not because he has a lot more power than they do. he also has deceptive speed as was evident on the long touchdown run at the end of the game. His best game of the season so far.
2011 Week 5 vs SF (10 / 34 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Just was not part of the game plan once the Bucs fell behind. He had a nice run up the middle early in the 1st quarter but after that he was largely held in check by the Niners. He gained positive yards but only in small gains of 2 and 3 yards. He had a real nice reaction to a missed blocking assignment by his FB resulting in a positive gain of 3 yards instead of a loss of 3 yards which shows some vision that might not be seen on a simple stat sheet. He took a check down pass from Freeman later in the game and then did not return after turning it up field for a 20 yard gain. He sat on the sidelines but was not being given treatment for any injuries, although later it was reported that he suffered a leg injury, putting his week 6 status in doubt.
2011 Week 9 vs NO (13 / 72 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount started this game in typical Blount fashion, running over and through defenders. Blount even had a trademark hurdle move early on as the Bucs physically dominated the Saints up front. The turning point was a key fourth-and-one when the Saints stuffed Blount for no gain. The game turned after that point, as did the game script. Blount's impact was minimised after that as the Bucs played from behind the rest of the game. Blount looked very good in this game when he had the chance to carry the football, but his impact is limited as he is just not a three down back.
2011 Week 10 vs HOU (10 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount started out solid with two carries for 13 yards in the first series, but then the Bucs went away from the run. By the time they came back to it in the second quarter the offensive line was being beat by the defense, and Blount had little room to run. Though he again began to pick up decent yardage in the second half, the team was down by enough they continued to focus on the pass. Blount received his last carry in the middle of the third quarter as the Bucs brought their backup on to play the fourth quarter. Though his stat line is disappointing, Blount looked good when he did have room to run, and it was possibly a mistake for the Bucs to not make him a more focal part of the offense this game.
2011 Week 11 vs GB (18 / 107 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
2nd quarter with GB ahead 14-0 he takes a simple hand off up the middle and the Packers could not wrap him up and he started to enter the secondary set of tacklers. Somehow he splits those two tacklers and you are thinking as he is chugging and almost falling down that he will end up with about 10-15 yards but then he breaks another couple tackles and all the sudden he is chugging it all the way to the end zone for a TD on what was probably the slowest 40 time in the history of the NFL for a run that long and also reminded us of the Marshawn Lynch run form last year in the playoffs, incredible. He broke 6-7 tackles on the TD run. Blount was gashing the Packers but the Bucs tried an onside kick after closing it to 14-10 and it backfired on them. Once the Packers went up 21-10 before the half it really took the Bucs out of rhythm and what they do best. Blount did continue to slash and bash the Packers defense as he tore them up on the ground for over 100 yards on the day.
2011 Week 12 vs TEN (20 / 103 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
Started off rough with a fumble but more than made up for it on the next play taking a quick check down from Freeman and turned it up field doing his leapfrog move over the Titans DB who was trying to take Blount low to have any chance to tackle him. When Blount did run the ball he looked tough and made a lot of yards with defenders hanging on to him but not being able to really bring him down until he took them for a ride. In the 2nd half he had 3 plays in a row on a 3rd quarter drive but on the last reception he coughed up the football, his 2nd of the day. The Bucs continued to feed Blount the football and he made good tough yards the entire 2nd half as he ate up clock and yards moving the Bucs down the field and resting their defense. You would like to see Bount hold on to the football but the field was wet and their were 9 turnovers in the game including 6 fumbles from the Titans and Bucs so it was a sloppy game across the board.
2011 Week 13 vs CAR (11 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
When the Bucs go behind in games, LeGarrette Blount's value for his fantasy owners often goes down too. Tampa Bay gave the football to Blount several times early, but the Panthers actually did a good job defending the run and gang-tackled Blount, often for negative gains. The game script was not in Blount's favour and he was not a factor on third down, often leaving the game for Mossis Madu or Kregg Lumpkin. Blount had a couple of nice runs during which he showed his normal physicality, but he could never get going.
2011 Week 14 vs JAX (18 / 74 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
lount was his normal bulldozer self, punishing any defender that dared get in his way. The key to Blount's success was getting to the line, when he did that he was unstoppable for one tackler. His lone TD came on the Bucs first drive of the day on 1st and goal from the 1. The Jags really had no hope of stopping him on the play. Blount broke 2 tackles on an 8 yard carry later in the quarter and looked completely in charge early on. The first sign of trouble came after 2 carries for 12 yards at the start of the Bucs 3rd drive. Blount fumbled a swing pass in the left flat. They recovered that fumble but wouldn't be as fortunate later in the game. Blount was literally hit by 6 different defenders on a 9 yard run later in the quarter and picked up 7 more just 2 carries later. The real turning point in the day came on Blount's best carry of the day. He went into a full on Marshawn Lynch beast mode breaking 4 tackles, and carrying a 5th defender another 5 yards downfield for a 23 yard gain. However, at the end of the monster run he again coughed up the ball and this time the Jags recovered. Blount would get just 3 more carries in the game (one for a 6 yard loss) in what turned into a blowout loss.
2011 Week 15 vs DAL (9 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Dallas defense held Blount in check for the entire game. Every time he touched the ball, they swarmed to him and drug him down for minimal gain or a short loss. His best run of the day came on the second drive where he stutter stepped after he hit the hole, and then powered forward, pushing the pile another three yards after contact. It was just a seven yard gain, but it was his longest of the day. Blount had eight other carries for just 14 yards.
2011 Week 16 vs CAR (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount's forgettable second half of the season got worse today. After a fumble on the Bucs first play from scrimmage, head coach Raheem Morris removed him from the game. He did not carry the ball again until the third quarter.
2011 Week 17 vs ATL (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Touched the ball the first two plays of the game but didn't even manage 5 yards on his 1st two carries. His next carry would come with the Bucs already down 28-0. Not a lot for this type of back who specializes in running down hill to be able to help his team.
2010 Week 3 vs PIT (6 / 27 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount as you may recall played at the University of Oregon and had a melt down after the Boise State game where he punched a player on the opposing team. Blount was suspended for almost the rest of the season and cost himself millions of dollars in the NFL as he went undrafted. He was in the Tennessee training camp as an undrafted rookie and almost made the team but was eventually cut and signed by the Bucs. Blount got work on Sunday and looked very good on his limited touches. His damage on Sunday came mostly on 1 drive and ironically it was the best drive of Freeman's day too. Blount on 2 separate 2nd and 10 plays busted off a total of 20 yards by bouncing it outside to the right and running over a couple Pittsburgh linebackers and defensive backs along the way. It's too early to say what role Blount will have moving forward but at the least he seems like a short yardage monster and also a guy that can spell Cadillac during the game. He ran hard and with authority. He was making the most of his opportunities in the game.
2010 Week 5 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Really wasn't given much of a chance and the Bucs were behind for much of the game until they rallied late so they ended up throwing the ball a lot.
2010 Week 7 vs STL (11 / 72 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was used as a change of pace early and seemed to take over as the lead back in the second half. He is nowhere to be found in passing situations, but Blount's size and strength made him tough to bring down on early downs, and he even showed a surprising open field burst on a few big runs that called back by penalties, including a 46-yarder. He rarely went down on first contact, and Blount's battering ram style was complemented by nice footwork to find the hole. He should be the primary running down back and short yardage back for the Bucs going forward.
2010 Week 8 vs ARI (22 / 120 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Blount was barely involved in the first half, but the second half saw a heavy dose of him as the Bucs opened up a 17-point lead. Blount was running tough, breaking tackles and even leveling Kerry Rhodes on the way to his first TD. He was undeniable on a key runs, including one to get out of the shadow of the Bucs own goalposts, and another that gave the Bucs the field position to win at the end of the game. He fought tacklers at every turn, and his physical style is fitting perfectly with the attitude of this team. His footwork was also nimble and effective, especially for such a large back. His big run late in the game showed surprising speed and athleticism as Blount hurdled a would-be tackler. Blount did fumble and fail to recognize the ball was live, leading to a Cardinal defensive TD, but that was the only blemish on the breakout game for the undrafted free agent. He looks like a solid RB2 going forward.
2010 Week 9 vs ATL (13 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount led Tampa Bay in rushing, with 46 yards on 13 attempts, but was not able to duplicate the success he's had recently on the ground. He also came up short on a fourth and one from the Atlanta two yard line with under three minutes left, which essentially sealed the deal for the Falcons. Blount still showed flashes of what we've seen from the youngster lately, as his role continues to expand in this offense.
2010 Week 10 vs CAR (19 / 91 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount showed some nifty footwork as the lead back for the Buccaneers, and punished the Panthers with his punishing, downhill running style throughout the game. For such a big back, Blount continued to show some cutback ability and once he hit the second level, if tacklers weren't bouncing off of him, it took more than one to bring him down. On his touchdown run, a 17 yard score, Blount hit the hold hard, broke the run, and dove over a would-be tackler at the goal-line as he went airborne, spun mid-flight, and extended the ball over the goal line. Clearly Blount is the go-to back for Tampa Bay at this point and as long as the Buccaneers are in the ball-game, he will continue to get the majority of carries in the rushing attack. Blount did lose a fumble, but that was about the only negative that came out of the game for the youngster.
2010 Week 11 vs SF (26 / 82 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount had another productive game as the lead back for Tampa Bay. While he only averaged just over three yards per carry, he had a few productive runs that he finished by punishing would be tacklers, and hurdled another defender on his longest run of the day (16 yards). At times, Blount looks like a plodder, especially when there is pressure in the backfield, but once he gets rolling downhill his strength and power really shows.
2010 Week 12 vs BAL (13 / 55 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount struggled to find gaps in the Baltimore rush defense and didn't get any goal line opportunities, but that's been the line for most backs when it comes to facing the Ravens. When he did find a gap and got running downhill, Blount ran hard and made some defenders bounce off as he kept his feet running.
2010 Week 13 vs ATL (20 / 103 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was the bell cow for the Buccaneers and got practically all of the work in the rushing attack. He was his usual rumbling self, and punished Atlanta defenders when he was able to get through the line and get moving downhill. Blount used his hard running style to get into the end zone from six yards out, and that paired with his 100 yards rushing gave owners some nice production.
2010 Week 14 vs WAS (15 / 68 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He ran very hard and you can see when he is running downhill he is very dangerous but he had a terrible fumble during the game. DeAngelo Hall came in behind him while Blount was not covering up the football and knocked it right out. Blount to this point proves no impact in the passing game either so this really is a one dimensional back with limited upside. He averages about 20 carries for 80 yards and a TD every other week the last 6-7 weeks. His numbers were a little short of that this week.
2010 Week 15 vs DET (15 / 110 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount had another productive game and finished with over 100 yards on just 15 attempts. He seemed productive nearly every time he touched the ball, and had a long run of 39 yards that he took to the end zone for a score. As usual, Blount was not used in the passing game.
2010 Week 16 vs SEA (18 / 164 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Blount started off with his strong inside game, getting the bulk of the load and punishing the Seahawks defenders up the middle with his big frame. He showed enough speed to get outside as well, turning a potential no-gainer into a 20 yard play. On the same play, he showed great ball control as he was taken down hard from behind without loosening his grip on the ball at all. In the second half, Blount really came alive, adding himself to the highlight reel with a simple off tackle play that he put on the burners for and took downfield for a huge gain. During that run, he hurdled a shocked defender and kept his stride, before finally going down at the 8. Blount is surprisingly agile for a big back, able to cut back and gain big yards. The weak Seahawks D may have helped to pad his stats, but his combination of strength, speed, and skill is evident. The only downside to his big game? All that yardage, and no TD's to show for it.
2010 Week 17 vs NO (19 / 66 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Blount did not have one of his better days and had a hard time finding room to run against a tough and determined Saints rush defense. There were times he was able to rip off his usual five or six yard run but there were also many times he was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage. he kept his legs pumping and fought hard for every inch but there was only so much he could do. Unfortunately the play he made with the biggest impact was a fumble. QB Josh Freeman was under pressure and dumped a short pass behind the line of scrimmage to Blount who turned and tried to make the line of scrimmage for at least a no gain. As Saints players piled onto him, the ball came loose and the Saints recovered. It was late in the game and didn't result in a Saints score so the damage was limited but he has to protect the ball better. He did pass 1,000 yards for the season on his second to last carry.