LeGarrette Blount is back with the Patriots this season after he signed a one-year contract to return. He's coming off a hip injury that landed him on injured reserve in Week 14, but he's expected to be fine for training camp. He should continue to share carries with Dion Lewis as part of a committee backfield for the Patriots. Prior to going down, Blount was a No. 3 Fantasy running back in all formats. He finished the season with 165 carries for 703 yards and six touchdowns and six catches for 43 yards and a touchdown. He played 12 games, including when he got hurt, and scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in four games. But when he got at least 13 carries in a game, which happened eight times, he scored at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league six times. Since he plays for Bill Belichick it's hard to guarantee what his role will be on a weekly basis. But if he remains the big back for the Patriots this season, that should allow him to lead the team in carries and be the focal point of the backfield when New England commits to the run. As such, he is worth drafting with a mid-round pick in the majority of leagues.
Blount (hip) was not among the Patriots' players placed on the team's initial preseason PUP list, the Providence Journal reports. Blount didn't participate in any of the Patriots' spring practices, but unless the team elects to add the running back to the list in the coming days, it looks like he'll be able to take the field in training camp. Assuming he is able to re-prove his health in the coming weeks, Blount would appear to have the inside track at reclaiming his role as the Patriots' top "big back."
As training camp approaches, ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that Blount (hip) "bears watching as it relates to his roster status." Blount, who didn't practice with his teammates this spring as he bounces back from hip woes, is back with the Patriots on a team-friendly one-year deal, so as long as he is able to re-prove his health in camp, we suspect that he'll have a solid shot to reclaim his role as the team's top "big back." If Blount ends up being slowed at all, or injuries impact the Patriots' backfield depth in general as the summer rolls along, it remains possible that team could elect to add further competition to the mix, thus making Blount's status worth monitoring in the coming weeks.
Blount (hip) didn't participate in any of the Patriots' spring practices, ESPN.com reports. Blount's status will thus be worth monitoring as training camp approaches, but in the absence of any setbacks with his hip, we'd expect him to move toward the end of reclaiming the Patriots' "big back" role this coming season. Barring any additional moves by the team to address the running back position, Blount's primary competition for the role should come from Joey Iosefa and Tyler Gaffney. Meanwhile, Donald Brown, James White, Brandon Bolden and undrafted rookie DJ Foster figure to jostle for slotting on the team's depth chart, with the only secure spot on that front belonging to Dion Lewis, who will serve as the team's top pass-catching back, provided he fully recovers from the knee injury that ended his 2015 season early.
Blount has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Patriots, NFL.com reports. The 29-year-old Blount, who landed on IR last December after suffering a chipped bone in his hip, is said to be back to 100 percent, so the 6-foot, 250-pounder will now look to reprise his role as the Patriots' top power back. While the terms of his deal with the team have not been made public, given that Blount lasted this long in free agency suggests that a team-friendly deal is in play here. When he was on the field in 2015, Blount logged 165 carries for 703 yards and six TDs over a 12 game span. His experience and level of success in the New England offense makes this a low-risk reunion, though the likes of Dion Lewis, James White, Donald Brown and Brandon Bolden remain in the mix for touches in the team's backfield. Moreover, it wouldn't surprise us to see the team land another running back option at or after the NFL draft later this month.
Blount, who landed on IR this past season after suffering a chipped bone in his hip, is said to be back to 100 percent, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. The report notes that Blount -- who did not require offseason surgery -- is slated to be good to go for OTAs, though at this time he remains unsigned. Given that the Patriots have yet to add running back depth in free agency, it's possible that he could return to New England in his role as a "big back" for the team, but for such a reunion to occur, Blount may have to settle for modest contract terms.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/20||@San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|12||11/28||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|16||12/24||New York Jets||3||13.13|
|3 Year Avg||148||674||6||6||45||0||107|