LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots
|RB - #48||168.30||NE||Active||5 years||27||6'0||247||@L_Blount27|
2014 Outlook: Fantasy HandcuffLast updated on Jun-30-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Blount has performed well when given limited opportunities. His rookie season in Tampa was a great success. In 13 games Blount rushed for over 1,000 yards and averaged five yards a carry. Blount appeared to be the Bucs' back of the future, but that wasn't the case. In 2011 Blount dealt with a knee injury that cost him two games, and seemed to linger for most of the season. Set to bounce-back in 2012, Blount found himself in rookie head coach Greg Schiano's dog house. Doug Martin took over from there, limiting Blount to 41 carries. The following offseason, he was traded to New England. In 2013, Blount performed very well. In a very crowded backfield, Blount averaged five yards a carry, and punched in seven touchdowns. Now on yet another team, he must prove himself once again. Blount will be the No. 2 back in Pittsburgh behind second-year man Le'Veon Bell. Blount will most likely get limited touches in his new role. His running style appears to be a great fit in Pittsburgh and he should succeed in coming in occasionally in the second-half to further wear down defenses. If you own Bell, Blount is a desirable handcuff with enough talent to be worth the occasional start if he ever needs to start a game or two.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that Patriots running back Jonas Gray is expected to play in Week 12 after being sent home from Friday's practice for disciplinary reasons. Gray overslept, showed up at the team's practice facility late and was promptly sent home by the coaching staff. Gray reportedly reached out to teammates to apologize.
Rapoport adds that Gray will split carries with the newly acquired LeGarrette Blount, who was signed by the Patriots this week after being cut by Pittsburgh.Fantasy Analysis:
After his monster game last week, anyone who was lucky enough to pick Gray up is undoubtedly itching to get him back in their lineup. Missing a Bill Belichick practice is typically not something that earns playing time. With Blount now in the mix with Gray and Shane Vereen, the Patriots' backfield is a fantasy roulette wheel. I expect Gray to see the bulk of any true RB carries there are to be had for New England this week, with Blount getting just a handful. However, Vereen is the RB that this game points towards benefiting the most from a fantasy perspective. The Lions have a stout run defense, so Vereen should be utilized often as a receiver.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors11/23 - Patriots RB Jonas Gray expected to split carries after oversleeping and missing Friday practice
11/23 - Newly acquired Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount to split carries with Jonas Gray
11/18 - Steelers cut ties with RB LeGarrette Blount
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July 14, 2014
|12.02||Dr. Roto - Bell's handcuff|
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