LeGarrette Blount emerged as a force for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010, topping 1,000 yards rushing despite not starting until mid-season. He started 14 games in 2011, but his numbers were not great (781 rushing yards, five touchdowns) and his role was minimized when Doug Martin emerged last season.
Trade rumors surrounded Blount fairly quickly this offseason, and that came to fruition when Tampa Bay traded him to the New England Patriots for running back Jeff Demps and a seventh-round pick in late April. The Patriots have a deep stable of running backs, with Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and free agent signing Leon Washington in place, so where Blount fits is unclear.
Reports suggested Blount did not look good during offseason workouts, and there are questions about his ability to adapt to New England’s up-tempo offense. His lack of production as a pass catcher (21 career receptions) also does not bode well for his having a big role for the Patriots. Bolden has a similar skill set and is likely competing for the same roster spot, but he missed OTAs with a foot injury and Blount may have a slight advantage if that issue lingers into training camp at all.
Blount is clearly not guaranteed a spot on the Patriots’ 53-man roster, regardless of Bolden’s injury situation, so he has a lot riding on a good showing during training camp and the preseason. But New England always seemed like an odd destination for him due to their backfield depth, and I think Blount will get some interest from other teams if he is released.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.