While playing 16 snaps, Blount recorded 11 carries for 69 yards and a TD in Thursday's preseason win over the Bears, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Meanwhile, Blount's main competition for the Patriots' "big back" role, Tyler Gaffney, carried 11 times for 31 yards. Though CSN New England notes that Gaffney ran hard in the contest, Blount appears to be moving closer to locking down the team's power back assignment, with the report suggesting that the 250-pound Blount -- who is bouncing back from a hip injury that slowed him in 2015 -- "looked light on his feet" and "efficient" Thursday "in terms of creating yards on his own."
Blount had nine carries for 20 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener against the Saints.
In the absence of Dion Lewis (knee), Blount split snaps with James White and Brandon Bolden throughout the first half. Though he only averaged 2.2 yards per carry, Blount converted two of his three short-yardage opportunities, including a one-yard touchdown. Even with Bolden managing 33 yards on four carries and Tyler Gaffney ripping off 64 yards on nine totes, Blount is the favorite to open the season as New England's top power back. Gaffney saw all of his work in the second half.
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, who didn't practice with his teammates this spring as he bounces back from hip woes, is back with the
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 D.J. 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.
|P3||8/26/16||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ NYG||7:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ ARI||8:30 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/20/16||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ NYJ||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
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|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||14||184||781||4.2||54||5||4||32|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||41||151||3.7||35||2||1||7|
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|2014||New England Patriots||5||1||60||281||4.7||34||3||4||14|
|2015||New England Patriots||12||6||165||703||4.3||38||6||4||37|
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|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||7||5||14||2.8||7||0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||14||15||148||9.9||35||0||2||0||6|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||1||2||2.0||2||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||7||2||38||19.0||32||0||1||0||1|
|2014||New England Patriots||5||1||4||18||4.5||11||0||0||0||1|
|2015||New England Patriots||12||6||6||43||7.2||14||1||0||0||3|
|2016||New England Patriots||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
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|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||17||494||29.1||83||0||2|
|2014||New England Patriots||5||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||New England Patriots||12||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||5||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New England Patriots||12||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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