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Blount is getting hot at the perfect time

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Running back LeGarrette Blount couldn’t have picked a better time to finally fulfill his potential.  Because of that, he’s about to fill up his bank account.

Saturday night’s star performer for the Patriots will become a free agent two months to the day after road-grading his team’s way to an AFC title game appearance.  And 24 other NFL owners, General Managers, and coaches were able to witness Blount’s blend of power and speed on a big stage.

Blount’s career has never gone as smoothly as it did last night.  A post-game sucker punch at Oregon in 2009 contributed to a draft-day free fall.  Cut initially by the Titans, where he’d been signed as an undrafted free agent, Blount found a home in Tampa, rushing for more than 1,000 yards as a rookie.

Somewhat reduced opportunities resulted in a lower output the following year, and Blount gained only 772 yards.  With the arrival of coach Greg Schiano in 2012, along with the use of a first-round draft pick on Doug Martin, Blount became a forgotten man, with only 41 attempts for the entire year.

During the 2013 draft, the Patriots landed Blount for a seventh-round pick and sprinter-turned-tailback-done-nothing Jeff Demps.  Coach Bill Belichick called the trade “good value.”

Blount was still used relatively sparingly by the Patriots, even with Shane Vereen on short-term IR.  Before Week 16, Blount had double-digit carries only six times all year, with a maximum of 14 for 65 yards in Week Three against his former team.

Over the last three games, in which Tom Brady has thrown a total of 75 passes, Blount has run the ball 64 times.

He gained 76 yards at Baltimore and scored twice.  The next week, it was 189 yards and two more touchdowns against the Bills.

Then, Blount racked up a franchise-record 166 rushing yards and four touchdowns on Saturday night against the Colts.

It adds up to 431 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.  In three games.

With the NFL currently divided between teams that have franchise quarterbacks and teams that are desperately searching for franchise quarterbacks, a team that is trying to get by without a franchise quarterback could consider coughing up some significant cash for Blount, who may be able to break through the three-year, $12 million ceiling that current applies to most veteran running backs who hit the market.

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17 Responses to “Blount is getting hot at the perfect time”
  1. alshonbrandontandem says: Jan 12, 2014 8:38 AM

    Good for Blount, but I don’t see the Pats backing up the Brink’s truck for this guy. Tenn should of never let him go; good compliment back for CJ1K.

  2. tigerlilac says: Jan 12, 2014 9:19 AM

    If he’s smart, he will return to the Patriots for less overall money but a lot of guaranteed money. He is still a young guy that could play a significant role with Brady and for Belichick for another three to five years. Why put yourself back in a position like you were in at Tampa? This guy is loving life this year.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 12, 2014 9:24 AM

    He’ll be back as a Patriot.

  4. peymax1693 says: Jan 12, 2014 9:56 AM

    Perhaps Blount’s getting hot against the right teams as well. 76 yards against a Ravens team that looked like it was sleepwalking, and the Bills and Colts aren’t exactly the ’85 Bears.

  5. mancave001 says: Jan 12, 2014 9:58 AM

    Yeah he really punches it in there….

  6. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 12, 2014 10:29 AM

    Patriots fans, please don’t let Tony Massorati forget that about mid way through the season he said Blount sucked and absolutely had to be cut.

  7. gridironrat says: Jan 12, 2014 10:33 AM

    Pats should sign Blount after the season and trade Ridley before the draft.

  8. richwizl says: Jan 12, 2014 10:54 AM

    Blount-force trauma leads to another big parade!

  9. cheapglazers says: Jan 12, 2014 11:34 AM

    Bucs always cut great players.

  10. andreweac says: Jan 12, 2014 11:37 AM

    Somebody is going hit that Blount hard this offseason.

  11. weepingjebus says: Jan 12, 2014 11:41 AM

    Deion Branch always said he regretted leaving the Patriots after winning a SB MVP catching a rain of Brady passes, because if he’d stayed he probably would be going to the HOF. Blount should talk to him before making any big decisions.

  12. ravenswhat says: Jan 12, 2014 12:37 PM

    What a talent evaluator that schiano is!!

  13. billsboy88 says: Jan 12, 2014 1:12 PM

    Blount is smokin

  14. buccaboo says: Jan 12, 2014 1:17 PM

    A special Thanks to Mark Dominic and Greg Schiano for letting Michael Bennett, Talib and Blount go to teams that deserve them

  15. djshnooks says: Jan 12, 2014 1:24 PM

    The Bills need a replacement for Fred Jackson soon to compliment Spiller…this guy would fit perfect.

    Wanted him out of college.

  16. ampats says: Jan 12, 2014 6:17 PM

    The Bills need a replacement for Buffalo

  17. darkorameses says: Jan 12, 2014 6:59 PM

    The cause of death for the Colts? Thats right, Blount-Force-Trauma!

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