Patriots welcome back “hard worker” LeGarrette Blount

AP

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.

28 responses to “Patriots welcome back “hard worker” LeGarrette Blount

  1. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

    Often, players will act on the advice of their agents and sign with the highest bidder. However, for some players, their work environment is more important than the money. Blount seems to be a guy that requires a very structured environment like the Patriots.
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  2. The Patriots know how to get the best out of a player, it’s that Patriots Way” that all you haters make fun of.

    Blount was solid for them last year, left them for greener pastures only to find out the grass wasn’t so green. He got too big for his britches, got himself fired, and was extremely humbled when no other team claimed him this week.

    Belichick is giving him a chance to come back to where he succeeded, and salvage his shot at an NFL career.

    Blount will produce. Bank on it.

  3. Not bad……We let him go and sign with the Steelers, we pick up a compensatory pick meanwhile. He falls down while there due to the lack of leadership and the way things are run on that team. He returns to us for the veteran minimum, knowing the PATRIOT WAY of life here will sort out his problems as it did in the past. He was welcomed home with open arms by teammates yesterday. Now we shore up the running game for the coming months when it counts (DEC & Jan) and all is good in the land of New England.

  4. He not only walked out on the Steelers, but he also pushed Todd haley in the back like a child having a tantrum. Steelers will be hurting for depth, but I think it’s obvious now the majority of their players didn’t like Blount, and sometimes character and team chemistry is more important.

  5. Vereen and Ridley are both free agents next year and this is a two year deal that seems to be 2014 insurance and 2015 replacement. Shane Vereen should be able to cash in somewhere, but probably not in Foxboro. Too bad.

  6. Yep, New England lives him so much that’s why they let him walk in the first place. Ridiculous! Signed because he knows their system. Probably had similar problems with them last year that no one knows about.

  7. To say he left the Pats w/ a 4TD game is to conveniently forget the more recent game of 5 carries for 6 yards 0 TD’s against Denver. For as good as was against Indy he was just as bad against Den.

  8. “Where he left off with the Patriots was with a four-touchdown game against the Colts in the playoffs last year,…”

    You forget they played a game after that? He got completely STUFFED by that bad bronco D

  9. Except he wasn’t selfish at all in New England last year steelerstrong. He worked and played hard and was a good citizen.

    The difference is the Pats have strong, effective coaching and strong leaders in the locker room and the Steelers don’t at this point.

  10. Selfish really these guys getting paid some better than others if the man is mad because he’s not playing but getting paid you call that selfish. Selfish is when your getting paid and you say well if you want me to play ok and if you don’t I’ll still get paid thats a I dont care attitude. But whatever.

  11. Awww, such a feel good story for the Evil Genius, Tom Terrific, and Patriots nation. Ole Tommy Boy even posted a cute “Welcome Back Kotter” themed post on social media for his pot smoking giant RB, aptly named Blount. I guess the Patriots are a special organization in that they can take the most selfish and disturbed players and get something out of them for basically pennies on the dollar. I’m disappointed it didn’t work out for Blount with the Steelers (not really bc he’s partially responsible for the impending suspension of LeVeon Bell next year). My only hope is that the same thing will happen to Blount in NE that happened in Pittsburgh.

  12. mannyaraujo2009manny,

    I wouldn’t say tougher at all. Blount needs good blocking to be effective and I wouldn’t characterize a guy as tough who walks out on his team. He’s selfish and his actions prove that.

    The only reason Pats fans didn’t see that with the Patriots is because they let him play. The Steelers just happen to have a back that is playing a million times better than him.

  13. Real strong locker room in NE? Aaron Hernandez the murderer and Nick Kaczur the drug dealer shows us different and Pitt has a problem controlling Blount? Get real. The Patriot Way is a myth.

  14. This is nothing more than Belicheck wanting secrets from the Steelers. He knows Tomlin will smoke him in the playoffs, assuming NE makes it that far.

  15. “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.”

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    It was later revealed that Vereen’s statement contained a typo — he meant to refer to Blount as “harsh toker” instead of a “hard worker.”

  16. Really, jtm? His problem was with Tomlin’s lack of leadership and not with playing time? Look at his workload over their 4-1 stretch over the last 5 weeks. It was cut down dramatically. He played horribly and Tomlin showed leadership with a virtual benching against the Titans. His 5 carries for 0 yards against the Jets and two costly errors in the red zone sealed the deal. Anyone making excuses for Blount doesn’t have a clue.

  17. harrisonhits2 says:
    Nov 21, 2014 10:24 AM
    The difference is the Pats have strong, effective coaching and strong leaders in the locker room and the Steelers don’t at this point.
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    Weird, the other 52 players don’t seem to be having a temper tantrum. If NE is willing to give Blount the tender loving care and extra special attention that he requires to agree to follow orders and behave like an adult, then more power to them.

  18. A player’s character doesn’t matter to Belicheck. What’s important is if that player helps him win football games. The Packers defense is going to see a lot of Blount next week when they try to run the ball down the Packer’s throats. Bill knows the best way to beat the Packers is run the ball right at them, keep possession and keep the ball out of Aaron Rogdger’s hands.

  19. ohand16 says:
    Nov 18, 2014 11:05 PM
    Steelers vs. Packers rematch in the Super Bowl. Maybe this time the refs won’t give the game to Green Bay.

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    Taken from the Packers thread

    are you serious GB should have laid 21 more points on you if not for dropped passes…..and I guess the ref Through the Pick 6 and the ref fumbled and the ref told James harrision to quit along with old Man Troy trying to cover Jordy Nelson

    RIGHT !!!!!!!! it was the refs

    STAY CLASSY STEELER FANS
    Count them 13 RINGS !

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