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Belichick says Patriots got good value in Blount trade

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The Buccaneers were eager to get rid of running back LeGarrette Blount this offseason, and they finally found a taker during the third day of the NFL draft, when Patriots coach Bill Belichick agreed to give up a seventh-round draft pick and sprinter-turned-running back-turned-sprinter Jeff Demps.

Giving up anything for Blount might seem like a questionable decision, considering that there’s a good chance he would have been available for nothing in a few months if the Bucs cut him before the season. But Belichick says he likes what he got in the big back.

We felt like we got good value for Blount,” Belichick said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via ESPN.com. “He’s a guy that we basically gave up Demps for, and Demps, I’d say, is less of a proven player and there were some other issues with Jeff. With LeGarrette, he’s been a productive player. He didn’t play as much last year with the emergence of [Doug] Martin down there, so I can certainly understand that Tampa was in. We felt like he was a talented guy that we wanted to have on our team.”

If Blount can regain the form of his rookie year, when he had 201 carries for 1,007 yards, then the Patriots got great value for him. That, however, is a big “if”: Blount was largely invisible last year, and there have been several reports that call his work ethic into question.

Still, Demps seems more interested in his track career than in being an NFL player, and plenty of seventh-round picks don’t make the 53-man roster anyway. It’s easy to see why Belichick thinks Blount can be good value, at such a low price.

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  1. zackattack006 says: May 4, 2013 9:46 AM

    Belicheat just advantage of his relationship with coach Schiano…
    Once a cheater, always a cheater!

  2. alan226 says: May 4, 2013 9:49 AM

    The one thing you can say about BB is that he is not afraid to take chances. He will also not keep a player around just for the sake of saving face. He will cut him in a heartbeat and move on. Unlike other teams in the AFC

  3. pirate49 says: May 4, 2013 9:51 AM

    The Bucs used the 7th rounder they got in this trade to move up and draft Mike James out of Miami. Demps, (or the rights to Demps) was the ‘throw-in’ in this trade. Since Demps went to Florida, they want to see if he wants to play football or run track. The Bucs probably won’t care if he chooses to run track, but wanted to investigate his intentions anyway.

  4. justsomerandomguy24 says: May 4, 2013 9:52 AM

    Both were probably going to get cut anyway. Might as well give both a change of scenery and see what happens…

  5. thegregwitul says: May 4, 2013 9:55 AM

    Remember, the Bucs traded that 7th round pick to move up in the 6th to select Miami RB Mike James, a RB who may be unproven at the moment on an NFL level, but also a player who has certain skills that Blount lacked (receiving, blocking on pass plays). Demps was just a toss in as Tampa had interest in him since last season. But this trade really has to be viewed as James for Blount.

    Speaking of Blount, it’ll be interesting to see how the Patriots work him into their offense. Blount isn’t as bad a receiver as most people think; he’s probably on par with Frank Gore in that category. Blount’s issues that led to his trade from Tampa involved a lack of understanding how to pass block and a curious inability to punch it in from short yardage. While Blount gives you a few highlight runs each season, he usually dances in the backfield and plays more like a finesse back as opposed to a Jerome Bettis or Mike Alstott type bruising back. He has talent, but I don’t see him surpassing Ridley. But for a 7th it’s a good risk for New England, as I’m sure they’ll work him into their rotation.

  6. johnnyjagfan says: May 4, 2013 9:55 AM

    I agree w/ BB, here. Blount was pushed aside for a great talent that’s a lot faster. Being a rook, Martin could carry it 30 times a game & not wince.

    BB will turn Blount into a TD vulture and a short yardage guy. 12-15 carries a game and he’ll teach him how to pick up blitzes.

    Getting into an organization that wanted Blount was important. Now he may have a chance for a career.

  7. mkohli10 says: May 4, 2013 9:55 AM

    Great pick up right Mike? He doesn’t punch people in the face or anything. If the Jets got him it would be a circus right?

  8. bucswin10 says: May 4, 2013 9:56 AM

    Blount is a superstar with a 50 pound weight tied to his back. Sure he jumps and hurdles but he carries alot of gravity around him the rest of the game. A schame he can get out of his own way seems like a very cool kid…But good luck.

  9. kevinwi says: May 4, 2013 9:57 AM

    We’ll see if that “7th round pick doesn’t make the roster” because originally it belonged to MN traded to Patriot who Traded it to Tampa who traded it back to MN….and with it, the Vikings selected DT Everett Dawkins…a projected 3rd -4th round pick that only fell because Florida State rotates their D line and players don’t rack up much for stats. My guess is he not only makes it, but eventually makes an impact.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: May 4, 2013 9:58 AM

    “zackattack006 says:
    Belicheat just advantage of his relationship with coach Schiano…
    Once a cheater, always a cheater!”
    ___________________

    So the Pats make a totally legal trade following all rules and you think its cheating ?

    LOL time to back away from mommy’s computer and go out and play with the other 5 year olds.

  11. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: May 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    Blount also have big issues in pass protection and the opposing teams always knew that if he was in the game, then it wasn’t a pass play and would load the box. He’s a load though once he gets going, but was terrible he at making the quick decisions and hitting the hole. He’d wait 5 yards before hitting anything at all. And yes, he’s lazy.

  12. mjohnson062 says: May 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    Brady gets the ball out quick and accurately whereas Freeman does not. Freeman’s not the worst, he’s just not Brady. Brady’s delivery will make Blount more valuable in play action (Blount will not need to block as long on blitz-pickup and he’ll be able to get a more consistent hole/edge based on the Patriots play.

    Flip-side is that Demps will now be in Florida and the Bucs will allow him to do football and track, as they primarily want him as a returner (he won’t really need to learn/practice the offense, just catch a ball and run fast).

    Win-win, no cheat needed. Schiano and the Belichick are both unafraid to pull the trigger on releasing a mistake. Belichick, however, appears to have more patience.

  13. blakeinfla says: May 4, 2013 10:03 AM

    Who here hasn’t punched someone in the face???

  14. 1oldpro says: May 4, 2013 10:27 AM

    A seventh round pick is a fried hamburger patty to NE and Demps was deep in BB’s doghouse. So basically they got Blount for nothing.
    On the other hand, wouldn’t it be cool if the Bucs used the pick and got a future star. Just who did they pick?

  15. bobby927 says: May 4, 2013 10:39 AM

    “zackattack006 says:
    Belicheat just advantage of his relationship with coach Schiano…
    Once a cheater, always a cheater!”
    ___________________

    And why wouldn’t this make Schiano a cheater, taking advantage of his relationship with BB, since it seems that TB got the better of the deal?

  16. CKL says: May 4, 2013 10:51 AM

    meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says:
    May 4, 2013 10:01 AM
    Blount also have big issues in pass protection and the opposing teams always knew that if he was in the game, then it wasn’t a pass play and would load the box. He’s a load though once he gets going, but was terrible he at making the quick decisions and hitting the hole. He’d wait 5 yards before hitting anything at all. And yes, he’s lazy.
    ___________________________________
    Oooff…some of this sounds like a description of Laurence Maroney (dancing, everyone knew it was a run when he was in, not so hot in pass pro).

    Couldn’t agree more with the person who said when BB makes an error, he doesn’t throw good money after bad very often. That’s huge.

  17. patfanken says: May 4, 2013 10:51 AM

    Zackattack – Once an insipid whiner, crybaby; always an insipid whiner crybaby.

    But back to the trade. It was by far my least favorite move by the Pats this draft. Blunt may look like the GL/SY back the Pats are looking for, but according to Bucs fans and Pats fans who live in Tampa, he’s anything but. If he’s not the top back, I don’t see a role for him.

    Besides the Pats made 2 very good picks in the 7th round. I was surprised by the kind of value there was there. Another pick wouldn’t have hurt. I would have much rather taken a shot at Okoye or another priority UDFA type, than picked up a dancer of a RB, who doesn’t pass block well, and has an attitude problem.

  18. keepyerstickontheice says: May 4, 2013 10:59 AM

    I heard BB was giving Clay Buchholz some pointers the other day.

  19. popolover says: May 4, 2013 11:03 AM

    That is the best picture of villa check I’ve seenin a long time!

  20. popolover says: May 4, 2013 11:04 AM

    Billacheck

  21. yousuxxors says: May 4, 2013 11:06 AM

    belichick did it so it was genius … right patriot fans?

  22. jcrileyesq says: May 4, 2013 11:11 AM

    jets are going to regret not getting blount in the revis trade

  23. crownofthehelmet says: May 4, 2013 11:20 AM

    I also traded for a blount yesterday, and also was happy with the value I got.

  24. ampats says: May 4, 2013 11:29 AM

    I like most Patriot fans were very excited when the Pats aquired Demps but since he does not put football first his fate was sealed.

    Actually Demps was replaced by Leon Washington (brings experience to the table)who has made an immediate inpact in the off season program and the Boston area giving his time to visit Bostonians injured in the Boston Marathon at Spaulding Hospital and others.

    Belichick will not allow a part time player on his roster as it sends a bad message to the rest of the team. As BB always says TEAM,he will always do what is in the best interest of the team.

    The roster is locked and loaded and it is going to be difficult for many players to make the final cut.

    Both teams moved on from a player they did not want. Win/win for all.

  25. jjmurphy1127d says: May 4, 2013 11:40 AM

    Seems like a reasonable trade for both teams – relatively low cost for potential upside that the old teams were unlikely to get from these players. From a Patriots perspective, to get a guy in his mid 20’s who ran for > 1,000 yards two years ago at more than 5 ypc (as opposed to 3.8 or something like that) for a team with virtually no passing game at that time is pretty good. If Blount does not come to work or producce, BB will simply cut him and move on without losing any sleep.

  26. pleasantsurpriselefty says: May 4, 2013 12:01 PM

    zackattack, why don’t you just admit that you are a Jests fan and you are so jealous of the Pats success that you are paralyzed and can’t move out of your mother’s cellar. Get a life and move on. Oh, nice replacement for Sanchize. He should fit right in to the circus atmosphers.

  27. theuglitruth says: May 4, 2013 12:16 PM

    Still not enough to beat a legit NFC team.

  28. ne1935 says: May 4, 2013 12:25 PM

    Blount runs for a 1000+. Demps becomes a track star.

  29. rhamrhoddy says: May 4, 2013 12:32 PM

    yousuxxors says:

    belichick did it so it was genius … right patriot fans?

    ————

    No, I don’t think anyone’s saying that or that all Belichick moves are genius because that’s far from the case. It just seems that BB and Schiano figured what the heck? nothing to lose here.

    Like several others have said, if it doesn’t work out, he’ll cut Blount and move on and if it does work out then it will turn out to be a good move.

  30. 6ball says: May 4, 2013 12:35 PM

    .

    Blount is in the AFC and unable to sign with a division rival now. It would be problematic for the Bucs if he regained form and they had to face him twice a year.

    .

  31. thisonesforpat says: May 4, 2013 12:55 PM

    The one thing you can say about BB is that he is not afraid to take chances. He will also not keep a player around just for the sake of saving face. He will cut him in a heartbeat and move on. Unlike other teams in the AFC

    Champ Bailey, anyone?

  32. dalcow4 says: May 4, 2013 12:58 PM

    Tampa hit a home run with that trade. They gained a draft pick for a guy they were about to release and used that to move up and get a useful RB who will help them quite a bit.

    Plus they get Demps– but can he come back from that “injury” after being on “Injured Reserve” all year (wink wink).

    Worked out okay for NE — they get a backup RB who has a bit of talent. But it’s Belicheat– so it must be GENIUS.

  33. rushmatic says: May 4, 2013 1:02 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:

    “zackattack006 says:
    Belicheat just advantage of his relationship with coach Schiano…
    Once a cheater, always a cheater!”
    ___________________

    So the Pats make a totally legal trade following all rules and you think its cheating ?

    LOL time to back away from mommy’s computer and go out and play with the other 5 year olds.

    ________________

    No, he just wants attention. I don’t think daddy hugs him enough.

  34. kurtg928 says: May 4, 2013 1:12 PM

    rushmatic says:May 4, 2013 1:02 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:

    “zackattack006 says:
    Belicheat just advantage of his relationship with coach Schiano…
    Once a cheater, always a cheater!”
    ___________________

    So the Pats make a totally legal trade following all rules and you think its cheating ?

    LOL time to back away from mommy’s computer and go out and play with the other 5 year olds.

    ________________

    No, he just wants attention. I don’t think daddy hugs him enough.

    You are giving her too much attention. Ignore the whining and it will eventually go away.

  35. cliverush says: May 4, 2013 1:17 PM

    Demps is wise to focus on track. The job of returning kicks in the NFL is a very dangerous profession. Most fail and many get hurt. The Pats used numerous players last year and they appeared to give up trying for the big run back. Don’t lose the ball, don’t get hurt seemed to be the strategy.

  36. lflib69 says: May 4, 2013 1:52 PM

    mkohli10 says: May 4, 2013 9:55 AM

    Great pick up right Mike? He doesn’t punch people in the face or anything. If the Jets got him it would be a circus right?

    The difference here, mkohli10, is that the Patriots will take the circus out of the clown…unlike the Yets who seem to keep bringing the clowns to the circus.

  37. losntina69 says: May 4, 2013 1:54 PM

    How is this news? it would be bigger news if Belichick came out and said WOW we got us a bum of a player and i dont know why we traded for him. Now that right there is news. News Flash the sun came up this morning.

  38. dynaco says: May 4, 2013 2:13 PM

    Luv the value. He can room with Fat Albert.

  39. ijahru says: May 4, 2013 2:19 PM

    The J E T S let Shonn Greene go and traded a draft pick for Chris Ivory. Why wouldn’t they take Blount in the Revis trade if for any reason but to kick the tires on him. He is a big physical back and Sexy Rexy did best with a strong defense and a physical run game. These little decisions are the reason the J E T S are not in the same league as the Mighty Patriots

  40. patriots420 says: May 4, 2013 2:42 PM

    cliverush says:
    May 4, 2013 1:17 PM
    Demps is wise to focus on track. The job of returning kicks in the NFL is a very dangerous profession. Most fail and many get hurt. The Pats used numerous players last year and they appeared to give up trying for the big run back. Don’t lose the ball, don’t get hurt seemed to be the strategy.

    I’m curious how much a professional track runner makes annually, not being sarcastic but it can’t be anywhere near the 400k minimum deals in the NFL. But to each his own I guess, I just never got the love of running in circles or in a strait line, it’s like being a pro combine athlete.

  41. partmachine says: May 4, 2013 2:44 PM

    Patriots are my second favorite team because denying how awesome Brady and Belichick are would make me an idiot. Go Ravens!

  42. cliffclavicle says: May 4, 2013 3:00 PM

    Blount is a bum, every RB on the Pats roster is better than he is. Won’t even make the final roster, guaranteed.

  43. mancave001 says: May 4, 2013 3:52 PM

    Now he can PUNCH in at Foxboro. Ba-dum-dump! I’ll be here all week.

  44. macker1283 says: May 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    Do people get that Demps doesn’t even wanna play football and wants to run around in a circle for the rest of his life? Everyone talks about how Blount would have been cut in preseason, yet no one mentions that Demps wouldn’t even have made it to preseason for the Patriots.

  45. macker1283 says: May 4, 2013 4:36 PM

    And by the way, why doesn’t anyone mention the fact that the idiot that Blount punched in the face absolutely deserved to be punched in the face. Anyone mocking someone else after a game and laughing, then getting punched unconscious as he is doing it is hilarious. Blount instantly knocked the smug smile right off the guys face, i still laugh at the youtube video.

  46. PurpleRaid18 says: May 4, 2013 6:07 PM

    “We were happy to have Blount passed to us…”

  47. spedman24 says: May 4, 2013 8:23 PM

    Obviously they got good value, he made his 2nd BS trade with a friend who in which he got a job for.

  48. solinas22 says: May 5, 2013 7:54 AM

    Good Trade

  49. blackcatnfl says: May 5, 2013 9:56 AM

    I hear they also threw in a bag of skittles.

  50. mpmoell says: May 5, 2013 8:12 PM

    He should know about any teams players. He records everyone’s practices!

  51. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 7, 2013 7:57 PM

    I think it was a very good move. Blount will fit in nicely with the Patriots offense.

  52. mrgrosky says: Dec 29, 2013 8:41 PM

    Blount in the final game of the season against Buffalo……..Must be one of the best individual games that we’ve ever seen for a Patriots running back! I can’t ever remember a Patriots running back dominating like Blount did tonight. Not even way back to Sam Bam Cunningham! He has really been amazing tonight–334 total yards! Only 3 players in NFL HISTORY have run for 180 plus yards plus 100 plus yards in returns–Adrian Peterson, Gale Sayers, and now Blount! He has been great on the field and great in the locker room. Another great pickup for the Pats!

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