The Patriots were glad to see LeGarrette Blount back Thursday, even if they weren’t sure at first who he was.
Blount drew some laughs on his first day at practice by wearing a jersey with the number 60, which nearly fit because of the size he brings to their backfield.
“That’s a funny one, huh?” not-small man Vince Wilfork said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “I didn’t know if he was a new offensive lineman or new long snapper or what, but it’s good to see him back here. He knows how we do things around here. He’s helped us in the past. Hopefully he can pick up where he left off.”
Where he left off with the Patriots was with a four-touchdown game against the Colts in the playoffs last year, and they’re thinking he might be called on for more bad-weather duty, even with Jonas Gray becoming a sudden star last week.
“It’s exciting, more so for me just having another guy in the locker room that works well with everybody,” running back Shane Vereen said. “We know he’s a hard worker. We know what he can do on the field, so to have another guy in the backfield is cool.”
The Steelers might disagree with the “hard worker” part after he walked out on them last week, but the Patriots are welcoming the big man back with open arms.