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LeGarrette Blount | Running Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 250
College: Oregon
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects LeGarrette Blount to handle 6-8 carries per game behind Le'Veon Bell this season.
It'll be worth monitoring in camp whether Blount replaces Bell in goal-line situations, although Le'Veon is an effective short-yardage runner and Blount has historically had mixed results. Blount will be a change-of-pace back in Pittsburgh, and solid handcuff for Bell drafters. Although Le'Veon is 6-foot-1, 230, he's not a true power back like Blount. Bell, in fact, plays more along the lines of a Matt Forte, with outstanding versatility and vision, and elusiveness at the second level. Jun 1 - 2:03 PM

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Steelers agreed to terms with RB LeGarrette Blount on a two-year, $3.85 million contract, including a $950,000 signing bonus.

Blount, 27, rushed 153 times for 772 yards (5.0 YPC) and seven touchdowns in New England last season, operating as the Patriots' lead back down the stretch. His departure is excellent news for Stevan Ridley's fantasy bounce-back chances in Foxboro. In Pittsburgh, Blount will serve as a battering-ram change-of-pace back behind Le'Veon Bell, but won't threaten Bell's workhorse status or firm place atop the depth chart. Blount will be no more than a 2014 fantasy handcuff. He doesn't play in the passing game and has a history of fumbling.
Mar 28 - 3:25 PM

Free agent LeGarrette Blount will visit the Steelers on Friday.

Blount was originally scheduled to visit on Sunday, but the Steelers pushed it back until after this week's league meetings. In addition to Pittsburgh, Blount has also drawn interest from the Ravens and Patriots.
Mar 22 - 7:11 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens are interested in LeGarrette Blount.

This move does not make much sense for Baltimore. They already have Ray Rice as the de facto lead back, and Bernard Pierce is waiting in the wings if Rice earns a suspension for his February domestic dispute. Blount could add some insurance, however, and provide a short-yardage hammer for the Ravens. Blount also has interest from the Steelers and the Patriots.
Mar 22 - 9:24 AM

Free agent LeGarrette Blount will visit the Steelers on Sunday night.

It will be Blount's first action of free agency. The Patriots remain interested in re-signing Blount but want the market to decide how much to pay him. There are reportedly other teams interested in Blount, but they're unknown at this point. Blount is a powerful hammer back who can get what's blocked but possesses no wiggle and stones for hands. He'd be a decent No. 2 to Le'Veon Bell.
Mar 21 - 1:16 PM

According to ESPN Boston, there's mutual interest between free agent LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots.

Although Blount averaged 5.04 YPC and graded out as PFF's No. 9 back in terms of strict running last season, the Patriots shouldn't open their wallet too wide here. Blount is a 27-year-old two-down pounder that is a liability in the passing game, and the Patriots would be bringing him back to share the early-down work with the far more capable Stevan Ridley. They should also be looking to get passing back Shane Vereen as many touches as possible. Blount may very well end up testing the market if he's unsatisfied with New England's offers. All their focus is on getting free agent Aqib Talib locked up right now.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 27 - 10:34 AM

The Boston Herald doesn't expect the Patriots to offer "much more" than $2 million over two years to free agent LeGarrette Blount.

This falls right in line with what we'd expect, as well. Blount is a pure early-down bruiser who offers nothing in the passing game. New England also has Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden as options should Blount decide to take his talents elsewhere. Blount wants to stay with the Patriots, but the money has to be right.
Feb 7 - 11:48 AM

The Miami Herald believes it "wouldn’t be surprising" if the Dolphins pursued impending free agent LeGarrette Blount.

It would be a classic Jeff Ireland move — buying high on a player who isn't exactly a projectable long-term option — and one unlikely to pay off for new GM Dennis Hickey, who was an advocate of Blount in Tampa Bay. Blount had a resurgence under coach Bill Belichick in New England this season, but would be an extremely poor fit for a team with such a power/leadership vacuum. Even were Blount to play close to his 2013 level, he's essentially a rich man's Daniel Thomas. The Dolphins need a smarter approach in free agency this offseason. Signing Blount would be a poor start.
Jan 28 - 11:33 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports his "understanding" is the Patriots and free agent LeGarrette Blount want to hammer out a deal.

Blount said following Sunday's AFC title game loss that he wants to re-up with New England. 27 years old, Blount should generate free agent interest, but not to the point that he prices himself out of the Patriots' range. A two- or three-year pact with limited guaranteed money could make sense. Two-down banger Blount still lacks any hint of passing-game value, hurting his stock.
Jan 20 - 2:05 PM

LeGarrette Blount was held to six yards on five carries as the Patriots lost to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game.

Blount played on the game's second snap, coming off the bench behind Shane Vereen. The Pats tried to get him going between the tackles intermittently in the first half, but Broncos NT Terrance Knighton was an unblockable beast, controlling the line of scrimmage. Blount had all of his six yards on five carries at halftime, and the Patriots were decidedly pass oriented in the second half after trailing 20-3. Unsigned for 2014, Blount recently turned 27. He clearly has better running ability than he showed in Tampa, but Blount's utter lack of versatility will limit his free-agency value. We suspect he'll garner a short-term deal with little guaranteed money if the Pats let Blount reach the open market.
Jan 19 - 6:08 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed 24 times for 166 yards and four touchdowns in New England's 43-22, Divisional Round win over the Colts.

Blount was chewing up yards in 3-4 yard chunks before LaRon Landry took a horrendous angle on a fourth-quarter tackle attempt. Blount made him pay with a 73-yard dash to the end zone for his fourth and final score. Blount is now up to eight touchdowns over his past three games, and has piled up 355 yards over his past two. He'll again lead the Patriots' committee in the AFC Championship Game.
Jan 11 - 11:29 PM

The forecast for Saturday night's Colts-Patriots playoff game at Gillette Stadium is calling for a 100 percent chance of rain and winds in the 14-22 MPH range.

This could be a LeGarrette Blount/Stevan Ridley game. Temperatures will be in the 50s in Foxboro, but it's expected to rain all night, and although the wind isn't brutal, the forecast is calling for enough of it to be a factor. Tom Brady is still plenty experienced and adept at playing in sub-average conditions. We expect Saturday night's game to have a 23-20 type result.
Source: weather.com
Jan 11 - 9:57 AM

LeGarrette Blount played on a season-high 33 snaps in Sunday's win over the Bills.

As the Patriots get set for the playoffs, Blount's role is rising. Over the last two weeks, he's seen 60 snaps while Stevan Ridley has gotten 42. ESPN Boston refers to it as "a bit of the changing of the guard." Blount, who has 40 carries for 265 yards (6.62 YPC) with four touchdowns in the last two weeks, will be the preferred pick over Ridley in fantasy playoff drafts.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 08:28:00 AM

LeGarrette Blount rushed 24 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns in New England's Week 17 win over the Bills.

It was a career-best day for the Patriots' starting "big back," as Blount ate up yards in chunks all afternoon, even managing 145 yards on two kick returns. The Bills simply had no answer as Blount lowered his pad level and battered a front seven that was missing Marcell Dareus (discipline) for over half the game. The only blemish was a fumble that New England recovered. Backup Stevan Ridley touched the ball 12 times, but Blount enters the postseason as New England's clear feature runner on early downs. He finishes the regular season the owner of 772 yards, seven touchdowns and a 5.04 YPC. It was Blount's best year since his rookie campaign in 2010. Either way, Blount is a middling Dynasty option in New England's chameleon offense.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 08:43:00 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns in New England's Week 16 win over the Ravens.

Once again getting the start over Stevan Ridley, Blount had his best game of the season, routinely making hard cuts to get major yardage up the seams. He notched scores of one and seven yards. The yards were a season high, while the touchdowns were his fourth and fifth of the year. Blount ceded 15 carries to Ridley, but is clearly the Pats' lead "big back." Despite the strong day, Blount will remain a touchdown-dependent option in daily leagues for Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:13:00 PM