Can LeGarrette Blount Ressurect His Career with the New England Patriots?
The latest to a long list of new recruits to the New England Patriots‘ offense this offseason was an unusual one. Seemingly not contented with the duo of Steven Ridley and Brandon Bolden along with the back up of Shane Vereen, the Patriots have decided that the best decision this offseason is to add another running back, seemingly to replace Danny Woodhead. I say seemingly because I really don’t see any other reason for picking him up.
Blount came into the NFL in 2010 undrafted, and in just two seasons with an average offensive line, he managed 1,788 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2012, he seemed to have issues with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before he was replaced by rookie Doug Martin. Let’s face it, there aren’t many who can compete with a rookie like that. Blount only managed to walk away last season with 151 yards and two touchdowns, and really he was lucky at that.
Outcast from the team that signed him in 2010, Blount decided that it would be in his best interest to sign with the Patriots and fill up the backfield, probably riding the bench because of the form of Ridley not to mention the fact that the Patriots are first and foremost a passing team. So a highly potent passing game, a decent number one running back and an extremely deep backfield means that Blount is likely barking up the wrong tree.
Blount might enjoy some success as a third down back as he has the sheer size compared to the others in the Patriots’ backfield. At 247 pounds, he has nearly 30 pounds on Ridley which is a distinct advantage, and considering his first two years in the NFL, he has the resumé to prove he’s capable of the job.
Projection: Unfortunately for Blount, a running back trying to resurrect your career with the Patriots is like never playing football before and going to the NFL Regional Combine to try out for the league as a kicker; it’s just not going to happen.
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