Patriots, Bucs swap Jeff Demps for LeGarrette Blount

AP

Jeff Demps and LeGarrette Blount are making like Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd and trading places.

The Patriots have traded Demps, the former Olympic sprinter and University of Florida running back and return man, to the Buccaneers for Blount, the running back who was outstanding as a rookie but was phased out of the offense in Tampa last season.

The Patriots also sent a seventh-round draft pick to the Buccaneers to complete the deal.

Both Demps and Blount had been the subject of a great deal of trade talk in the last couple of months. Demps announced that he wants to focus on track in the offseason and only return to football in the fall, which didn’t go over well in New England. Blount has never fit in well with Greg Schiano in Tampa. So the deal doesn’t come as a big surprise.

Blount had 201 carries for 1,007 yards as an undrafted rookie in 2010. Demps was a good running back and return man at Florida. If both players are focused and committed, it’s a deal that could work out well for both teams.

63 responses to “Patriots, Bucs swap Jeff Demps for LeGarrette Blount

  1. Yea, I don’t get this. Blount maybe a bigger player than Ridley, but Ridley has a nose for the end zone. Both have ball security questions, but Ridley has developed nicely. Blount has taken a step back.

    I bet that he doesn’t see the field come fall.

  2. The Bucs are starting to look like the Jets… You just traded for a guy who may or may not play, you have up a guy who is an awesome number 2. This team is destined to be terrible.

  3. Great move by both teams ….I wish Blount well, in the right system he is a heck of a RB ,,,

  4. It’s good that we got rid of Demps. He’s amazingly fast and everything but wants to focus on track instead of football. At least we have a guy like Blount now to stick it in on goal line situations.

  5. Pats seem to have trouble getting that one yard in short yardage situations. At least Blount can push the pile and pick up that first.

    Good move.

  6. I like it, Blount is a good between the tackles upgrade over Brandon Bolden (who also missed time for PEDs…), with Ridley’s strength being off-tackle runs we needed a bruiser who can pick up a yard on 3rd and 1 or on the goal line (instead of having Brady always trying to QB sneak as he gets older).

    I’m sad to see Demps go but he’s made it clear his priority isn’t football, he’s just doing it as something to make money during his track off-season.

  7. Don’t care how many thumbs-downs this gets. I love this trade. The Pats offensive line is outstanding and Blount is an M-1 Sherman tank when you get him going.

    Later Demps. Let me know how running in a line turns out. We’ll be playing football in Foxboro.

  8. Demps doesn’t care about football. He’s stated numerous times that his priority is running track. Never going to work in New England as long as Belichick is running things. I doubt he even makes the team in Tampa.

    Blount isn’t very good either, but at least he cares about football. Could be a good short yardage guy behind Ridley and Vereen. He had over 1000 yards in 2010 too so it’s not like he hasn’t produced at the NFL level.

  9. People really need to realize that Blount is absolutely terrible in short-yardage situations. He’s built like a power guy, but he doesn’t run like a power guy–he dances around and tries to find the perfect hole, and then he goes down. He’s NOT a power back.

    A good year three years ago is three years ago. He got less than 50 carries last year for a reason, and I assure you, Tampa fans really aren’t going to miss the guy.

  10. Its so funny looking at some of these comments. Its obvious that you either just look at the height/weight of a player and assume they’re a certain type of player.

    Let me go ahead and set the record straight:

    1. This is a good trade for both teams between 2 good friends (Schiano/Belichick).
    a. Pats get a RB for a guy they were probably going to release anyway.
    b. Bucs get something for a guy that they WEREN’T playing last year.
    c. Bucs have no issue with him focusing on track right now.

    2. For those that think this is the player you need for those goal line situations, you haven’t watched him in his career. Take it from Bucs fans everywhere, as much as we loved Blount for some of those amazing highlight reel runs he can produce, the one thing that drove us CRAZY was the fact that he, for some reason or another, will NOT hit the hole at full speed. For a big back, he is more of a dancer and finess vs. straight power.

    3. Those that think he’ll be a good role player, unfortunately, he is the type of back that NEEDS multiple carries to start getting warmed up. (see 2.)

    4. While he does possess decent hands for a RB, his issue is blocking. Defenses will know when you’re running vs passes.

    With that being said, this Buccaneer fan will miss Blount. You always knew that if he was starting a game, there’s a chance that one of his runs would make the highlight reel for jumping over someone.

  11. I was very disappointed when Demps said he wanted to focus on track which BB would not tolerate as part of his team . Any Patriots fan will tell you that Belichick loves players who love football and Demps apparently doesn’t. The Patriots refused to return Demp’s agents calls and his fate was sealed.

    Blount will become the thumber the Patriots have lacked as in short yardage situations since BJE and Cory Dillon as you held your breath or watched Brady go on a short count.

    Trade works out for both teams and the Bucs will get their speedster come November after track season. Question is if track condition translates to football conditioning ?

    Talib can tell Blount why he likes playing in New England since when Talib was interviewed and asked what he likes most about playing for the Pats, he response was he likes to Weeeeeenn !

  12. Hahaha at all those comments about Blount being good between the tackles and at the goal line. You obviously didn’t watch him last year get stuffed consistently at the one yard line and lose yards in third and short situations. Hence Doug martins breakout. Not to say he can’t get it back from two years ago but definitely on the downward slope coming off last season.

  13. not much to analyze here, wouldn’t be surprised if either player got released, or whoever the bus draft in the 7th round. If either team got a 3rd string RB out of this they should be happy

  14. kgun80 says:
    Apr 27, 2013 4:26 PM
    The Bucs are starting to look like the Jets… You just traded for a guy who may or may not play, you have up a guy who is an awesome number 2. This team is destined to be terrible.
    —————————————––
    You obviously have no idea what you’re taking about! Awesome number 2? In what world is a guy who is horrible in pass protection, a fumbling liability, and horrible in short yardage an awesome #2. This trade is more about getting rid of Blount for the bucs, I’m sure they’re not expecting much out of demps!

  15. Oh no now the bucs have a player that wants to train to run and compete at world class speeds when he is in the OFF SEASON. I have nooooo problem with that

  16. Over-ratriots. Basically a one-player team right now, w/o Brady they’re a big zero. Gronk’s arm is screwed and he’s finished, Hernandez doesn’t have the stones to play TE all by himself and the rest of the roster is a sad joke. If they played in any other division they’d be worth maybe 10 wins, all of ’em Brady.

  17. After reading the comments by the Bucs fans (is there such a thing since they are the worst attended fanbase in the league?) I decided to check his stats as the Bucs fans would like us to believe he is fumble prone and found in 2010 he carried the ball 201 times for 1007 yards fumbled 3 times and lost 2( 1fumble per 100 carries) in 2011 carried the ball 184 times fumbled 3 times and lost 2 ( 1 fumble per 92 carries) and last year didn’t play much carried the ball 41 times and zero fumbles.

    I can now see why the Bucs have such a pathetic fanbase who really don’t follow the NFL attend their games.

    We’ll see you week #3 in Foxboro and I have a feeling that Talib will have a pick and Blount will make his presence felt.

  18. I like that the Patriots are focusing on improving the running game. I like Brady, but I don’t want the whole offense centered around him throwing the ball.

    When you want to put someone away, you need to be able to run the ball. Teams that win can do that. Second and 6 gives you so many options.

  19. Trade makes sense for both teams because, as someone already noted, the teams are getting rid of players that had become headaches to their current management. Even without Demps, Pats were already in pretty good shape at RB with Ridley, Vereen and Bolden; but like Blount none of those guys play special teams. The Pats do also have Leon Washington for ST and maybe occasionally playing RB.

    Who do the Bucs have backing up Martin now? It won’t be Demps, that is for sure. It’s a shame Demps does not want to play football because he might be able to help some team in the return game or maybe as a 3rd down back. There is a good chance neither Demps or Blount are still with their new teams at the end of training camp; but they would have almost definitely been released by their old teams.

  20. As someone who has watched every pro game of Blount’s career, let me clarify something Pats fans: Blount is not a goal line or push the pile RB. You have to think of Blount almost like you would Demps; finesse back. Demps is a lot faster, but Blount has some burst and will break more tackles, but far too often he is easily stuffed for no gain and his goal line abilities are mediocre at best.

    The trade should work out for both teams. Tampa used the 7th to trade up to get a RB in Mike James who can do the things Blount can’t (pass block, catch, better awareness). If Demps decides to continue playing football, he will help greatly as a return specialist, something the Bucs lacked last season.

    Blount won’t unseat Ridley for the starting job anytime soon, but the Pats will work him into the rotation nicely. He’s a home run back who usually hits a huge highlight worthy TD in between a dozen one or two yard runs. He’s not Mike Alstott, but he also isn’t expected to carry the team, so he’ll be okay in New England.

  21. Really have no idea yet if this is good or bad but at least it’s interesting, status quo wasn’t doing any good.

  22. Bucs used that 7th rounder to trade up in the 6th and got Mike James from Miami. He’s a big back who’s a much better short yardage, receiving and blocking back than Blount. At least at this point I’d say the Bucs got the better end of the deal.

  23. As a Pats fan living in Tampa I can confirm Blount is terrible at short yardage, I doubt he makes the team considering he doesn’t play special teams

  24. “Focused and committed?” In Blount’s case, what choice does he have? What ELSE in the REAL world can this former “student athlete” do?

  25. This is a moot trade for both…. Neither gets anything. Demps will never play football and Blount is not reliable and while he is big, is slow to hit the hole so he sucked in short yardage and has a bad attitude. I bet the 7th rounder turns out to be the best part of this deal.

  26. Blount averaged 5 yards per carry to get 1000 yards. That’s not a bum. Just because they got someone better than him,that doesn’t make him bad or washed up. The Patriots don’t need a #1 back – they already have one. If he just fills in for injured backs, he’ll be worth a seventh round pick.

  27. If bb wants your guy, you should just hang up the phone and say we should probably keep him.

  28. Blount can (and has been) be highlight reel stuff in the right system, and he’s got very low mileage.

    Shiano didn’t draft him, and something about Blount rubbed him the wrong way.

    He had to go.

    We probably would have given Blount up for a 7th rounder alone. I think the Demps thing was kinda just to help us save face on the trade.

    And who knows…Demps may show up after track time and make some waves on special teams.

    And no…Blount’s not gonna help the Pats (or anyone else) in short yardage situations.

    Would be shocked if the Pats don’t find a way to make him very productive in certain game plans though.

    The draft…

    Not splashy, but a good one overall by the Bucs. We had to get deeper on D and now we are.

    Happy overall.

    Would have liked to get a Gronkesk type TE…but there are probably still plans in the works with the not drafted talent.

  29. Blount is absolutely worth a 7th round pick fun player to watch. However he is not a goal line or short yardage back. To say he is a fumbling machine is a tad exaggerated . He did have some fumbles at critical times. All in all he will help new England’s running game.

  30. Between trading our best “insurance policy”, Blount, and drafting Glennon in the 3rd round, I officially think Schiano is not as interested in winning as he is in doing things his way.. Disappointed.

  31. Very disappointed that Blount was given away for nothing — Schiano for whatever reason just never liked the guy and never even gave him a chance. Before he ever even meet Blount he was talking about how bad a fumbler Blount was (3 lost in a 1000 yard season – hardly a problem). I think Schiano thinks that only fairies leap around like Blount did and also Blount brought too much attention to the team, like when he had the play of the year against the Packers in 2011. Schiano likes his team boring, he lashed Freeman with knee braces and told him he isn’t allowed to run — he told Blount not to jump over people. Schiano is a real tough guy and everyone knows that real tough guys believe in 2 yards and a cloud of dust offense. Punting is what mean do, not making highlight films. If you want to make highlight films you should be in Hollywood, not in Schiano’s club house.

  32. Just FYI Blount is NOT a short yardage back, dances way too much in the hole and was later was taken out on short yardage plays.

  33. I’ll give you the fact the Blount was fun to watch, but for as far as punching it in, he couldn’t do it. Watch the 2010 Falcons game. 2 tries couldn’t get 1 yard. Last year against Washington..3-4 tries….nothing. Good luck getting him in the end zone from inside the 5

  34. What I find funny is the fact that the Pats tapped Rutgers for a couple DBs in the 3rd last night. Plus McCourty from Rutgers in 2010. Nice BB! And thank you Coach Schiano. I am sure Bill had many talks with him over the last couple days. I guess time will tell with Harmon and Ryan, but I like it.

  35. Hey Pats fans:

    Blount isn’t fumble prone. He just sucks. I’ve never seen a RB so big just dance in the backfield and not hit a hole. Sure, his 2010 was great but 2011 was when he really shat the bed. And his pass blocking is garbage as well.

    And Dominik already said this trade wasn’t for Demps. It was for the 7th rounder which the Bucs traded to move up and take Mike James out of the U. So its basically Blount for James. Winner: Bucs.

    Good luck in NE, Blount. Your 2010 season was awesome and we enjoyed it. But after that, all you did was dance in the backfield. Oh, and jump over people because you’re scare of contact. Yep, I said it.

  36. @profootballwalk:

    That’s the problem. Blount isn’t a “fill-in” back. Especially in passing situations.

    Just wait and see.

    As for the regular season Bucs-Pats game… I hope to see Blount on the field. Because it’ll be a DEAD GIVEAWAY that its a running play AND handing it to Blount gives plenty of time for the Tampa D to get their while he’s dancing around and ending up losing 3 yards.

  37. MORONS:

    The Bucs don’t expect Demps to play. Go read Dominik’s comments. This was a trade for NE’s 7th round pick.

    “We are just taking [Demps’] rights to see what happens,”

    The Bucs used your 7th rounder to trade up and take Mike James.

    Again, Winner: BUCS.

  38. I am ok with this trade. I can tell you here in Tampa we were ready for Blount to go. He just wasn’t what we needed. He is a big back who stinks in short yard/goal line situations…He is not an every down back because he can’t pass block or pick up the blitz. He is fast for his size but not a home run threat.

    On top of that the guy is a loose cannon who had off the field trouble here to go with his issues in college.

    Even we don’t end up with Demps on the team…still got a seventh round pick for a player that was undrafted and picked up off waivers. Blount served his purpose of filling in for a season until we got a better all purpose starting back in D Martin.

  39. For a guy with the username ‘onebucplace’ it appears that you never watched a Bucs game last season. Schiano likes to use the run game to setup his QB to take shots down the field. The Bucs were an entertaining team to watch, especially during the middle part of last season. For about six or seven games, the Bucs had the best offense in the NFL. That at least counts for something.

    One more thing; lets stop panicking because Glennon was drafted. He’s there to backup Freeman. His skillset as a passer is very similar to that of Josh. If there is an injury or a bigtime slump, I want Glennon over Orlovsky all day.

  40. Why would anyone lament the departure of Demps? He was a total flyer / unproven player to begin with. Typical silliness where fans assume the grass would be greener with another guy who has never done a thing in the NFL, and was far from dominant in any phase of the game at Florida. Don’t embarrass the rest of Patriots nation by perpetuating that silly “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” bit. We need proven playmakers to put this team over the top. Leon Washington is the far superior option.

  41. He’s not even going to start they only got him to give Ridley rest. To take sone of the workload off of Ridley who’s a 1,200 yard rusher.

    I like what we have now we have a good 3 RB stable with Ridley, Blount, and Vareen. Ridley the number 1, Blount the bruiser, and Vareen the speedy combo RB/WR we need since Woodhead is gone.

    The Pats once again continue to have a solid offseason filling up their needs off the radar. It’s going to be a fun year. They’re already way better than they were last year and if Gronk and Hernandez stay healthy we’re going to be really tough to best.

  42. ampats

    Dear Patriot fans,

    When it comes to football, Florida treats it like a religion. Why do you think ALL of the ELITE college coaches and programs clamor for our Top export. You in the north can’t hold a candle to us. Heck, Lakeland, Armwood, St. Thomas or Plant High School could compete against your sorry state colleges. You can rag on the attendance, but in a service based economy such as Florida the Great Recession has made purchasing NFL tickets extremely hard on our population, especially when they aren’t even winning, but don’t ever question Florida’s or the south’s knowledge about football. I can’t remember the last time I heard Nick Saban or Urban Myer talk about your state when it comes to high school talent, but I can remember them both desiring and getting high school recruits from our state. And guess what our high school talent dominates in after college, the NFL. Don’t take my word for it, go ask one of our native sons Vince Wolfork about Florida and football.

  43. I see that another post of mine got taken off here.

    Let me try again.

    @snookau, You have the most insightful and interesting comments I have ever been exposed to. Thank you.

    Please note that I did not use any derogatory words nor was I disrespectful in any way.

  44. actually, if you have watched Blount play, you would know he is not very good in short-yardage situations. He is at his best in the open field, surprisingly, doing his hurdle move…

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