News just broke on twitter that the Patriots are bringing back RB LeGarrette Blount on a 1 year deal. Terms have not yet out been announced, but I would be shocked if it is for a cent over 2 million dollars.
After the Pats cut often injured RB Tyler Gaffney yesterday may people suspected this move would happen. I guess I like this move.
Blount is not flashy at all, but in a way he is a microcosm of what the Patriots are all about, do your job, always be ready for whenever your number is called. He's an undrafted guy who was great in college then got in trouble. Patriots love bargain-bin players and that is what Blount is. There will be weeks where he gets 3 carries and then weeks where he gets 22. He's not a number one back, but in the backfield rotation the Patriots have been using for over a decade he's more than serviceable, in 12 games last year Blount rushed for 703 yards and 6 TD.
The biggest problem for the 2015 Patriots was keeping Brady upright because of their awful offensive line. Having no running game at all did not help the cause. After Dion Lewis torn his ACL against the Redskins and Blount got hurt against the Texans the Patriots had no running game at all. They were forced to sign free agent Steven Jackson. He was out of football all season and just had nothing left to give to the NFL. In the AFC championship game the Patriots could not run the ball at all as they had no legit threats to run the ball, parlay that with their poor offensive line it led to their demise as the Denver Broncos and Von Miller could just tee off on the Patriots every down knowing that every play was going to be a pass.
Bringing back Blount will help the Patriots offense, he's a good back, I think a little slow to hit the hole at times but we've seen in 2013, 14 and 15 at times how he can take over a game. I just wish the Pats added Matt Forte this off-season. With the contract the Jets gave him the Patriots definitely could have afforded him plus he is a perfect fit for the Patriots offense. But instead Blount-force trauma is back. Lets hope he and the Patriots have a great 2016. Man, I can't wait for football to be back. After waiting 10 years between Super Bowl Championships, hopefully this time the wait is much shorter.