Running back LeGarrette Blount has not yet tasted the NFL playoffs. He spent his first three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who had a combined 21-27 record in that time span with no playoff appearances.
How did Blount’s new team, the New England Patriots, fare in that time span? The Patriots posted a 39-9 combined record in the past three regular seasons. They made the playoffs in each of the past three years, advancing to two AFC Championships and one Super Bowl.
After being traded to the Patriots on the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft, Blount finally has a chance to have an impact on a winner and he is relishing in the opportunity.
“Yeah, I’m excited to be here,” Blount said after the Patriots’ OTAs on Tuesday. “It’s a winning program.”
Adapting to the “Patriot-Way” is sometimes a challenge for newcomers. But Blount prepares to seize the moment and succeed in the franchise’s program that has dominated the league for over a decade. He recognizes the “Super Bowl or bust” mentality of the Patriots and wants to help the Patriots reach their ultimate goals.
“You can tell from watching them on TV the expectations they have. You can tell from the way they do things around the building, the expectations they have,” Blount said. “So, like I said, I’m excited to get a part of this and be a part of something like this. Hopefully, I’ll find my way in, so I can fit in wherever I’m supposed to be.”
Blount’s role in the offense has not yet been determined but he certainly brings a lot to the table in the backfield. Blount, who described himself as a “downhill, physical running back”, could prove to be valuable in short-yardage and goal-line situations as he is currently the heaviest running back on the Patriots’ roster at 247 pounds.
Blount will have to battle with Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden for playing time. Despite the steep competition, Blount appears to have the no-nonsense, winning mentality that Bill Belichick demands in his players.