Montee Ball: I’ll do anything Patriots want me to do

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Running back Montee Ball’s 2015 season didn’t unfold the way he planned, but he isn’t complaining about where he finds himself in December.

Ball was Denver’s second-round pick in 2013, but that didn’t help him make the team out of training camp this summer. Ball said it was “shocking” to get cut by the Broncos and he remained unemployed all season until the Patriots signed him to their practice squad this week. Ball said he “cannot complain at all” about being a member of the team and that he won’t complain about anything they ask him to do on the field.

“Wherever they want me, wherever they need me; I’m not in a position anymore to where I can say where I want to do, or what I want to do, or where I want to be,” Ball said, via ESPN.com. “It’s wherever they want to put me. Whenever my number is called, I’m going to do what I can.”

With LeGarrette Blount hitting injured reserve this week, the Patriots currently have two running backs on the 53-man roster so Ball could find his way into the lineup if the team decides Brandon Bolden and James White aren’t enough in the backfield. Ball feels he has “fresh legs” after not working all season and we’ll see in the next few weeks if the Patriots think they would make a worthwhile addition to their offensive attack.

40 responses to “Montee Ball: I’ll do anything Patriots want me to do

  1. Came in for a tryout at 240 lbs versus his normal 210-215…Team trying to get him in shape for playoff run,,,but his history of “slippery fingers” won’t fly with the hoodie!! you watch

  2. The genius of the Patriots has always been excellent management of their roster and player pipeline. As the parts continue to fall off this season, they just keep putting the thing back together in a different way. As long as their management team (largely BB led) can continue to identify and find talent in bulk, they’re going to win. It’s the way it really is.

  3. The soon to be back to back World Champion Patriots just want him to tell them his ring size. 🙂

  4. This year’s Patriots team, if healthy, would be better than last year’s championship team. The biggest difference, though, is the downgrade in running backs. Lewis is actually better than anything they had last year and that includes the Blount & Vereen combination, but now they have none of them. The defense is now better than last year, but they need something to fill the void at running back. If it’s Jackson or Ball, I hope one of them can contribute something and there are no guarantees that Bolden and White will remain healthy either.

  5. Draft bust
    all the talk about him coming out of college was is he already used up? well yes he was add to that butter fingers

  6. Good attitude. If he can hold onto the rock and do some of the things he did in Denver, he might be getting told what to do alot!

    Does anyone doubt that BB would rather run effectively than pass consistently? In January you can put teams away if you can get 4-5 yards a clip. Would be absolutely huge if this cat can get it going.

  7. There was always something missing when he was in Denver. He just didn’t seem totally into it and was a bit slower and less reliable holding the football than what one would want. Still, for a short term run, he has enough experience to be relied upon to pass block and provide a decent running attack. Just don’t expect a college type revival from Montee.

  8. Monte was not good in his time here in Denver… and frankly, he was the exact opposite of an Overachiever during his 2 seasons, while being given every opportunity to win, and keep the job. He simply was not up to the task.

  9. Broncos fan here. His problem was the fact he was a tentative runner. CJ Anderson usurped him last year when he showed authority in hitting the hole. Ball was hesitant and it caused him to not be effective.

    He also ran behind Wisconsin lines and I can’t ever recall a good RB coming from W. Ron Dayne anyone?

  10. Teams give up on players and coaches way too soon anymore. If this were common practice in the 70’s and 80’s, the HOF would be less than half the size it is currently. There are only a few organizations left that have patience and maintain stability from top to bottom.

  11. This is the kind of stuff that Belichick often gets bashed about. He was trashed because he released Underwood the day before the Super Bowl a few years back. And he was trashed because Ventrone was a part of 36+ roster transactions a few years ago. On the roster, cut from the roster, on the practice squad, cut from the practice on the practice squad, on the roster, etc etc etc.

    Belichick is doing it because he does everything specific to the next opponent. think about it this way. Stephen Jackson has been in for a workout. He didn’t sign a contract, but he also hasn’t left town. My opinion on this, and it is just my own thoughts, I have nothing to back this up, is that Jackson will be signed based on the health of Hightower. On the surface you may be saying, they don’t even play on the same side of the ball how can one affect the other? That is how Belichick works. If he knows Hightower isn’t playing this week, but will be back next week, he needs another LB this week. So he has to use “Jackson’s spot” for a LB. Once Hightower is back, he cuts that LB, and replaces him on the roster with Jackson. Its why he is able to field a better 53 than everyone else.

    In addition to week to week, he also does it season to season. Look at what he did last year. He signed Revis and Browner. Why? Because he knew that in the middle of the season he had to play Manning, Rodgers, Stafford, Rivers, Luck, Dalton, and Cutler. All capable passers. So he stocked up on top notch DBs. This year they had Big Ben, Romo, Luck, and Eli. Not nearly as daunting a task so he let Revis and Browner walk, and better spent that money else where on the roster

  12. I saw his interview and he looked heavy. Someone above stated he is 25 lbs above his playing weight. It surprises me that Bill would sign a guy, even to the practice squad, that wasn’t in shape. Fine to be optimistic but a heavy guy, who is on the practice squad, saying he can no longer dictate to his team when and where he plays, and is doing interviews just doesn’t strike me as a Belichick guy. I hope I am wrong.

    I think the other pickups Bill made (Johnson, Kitchen, Hankerson, and Waddle) are particularly strong additions for this time of year. Bill could compete for a playoff seeding with the bottom of his roster and the guys currently in injured reserve.

  13. BB is a GREAT HC, however, he is prone to bad decisions since he is human.

    BAD Decision #1 – Cutting Jonas Gray

    BAD Decision #2 – Not getting Jonas Gray back after Lewis went down.

    Jonas did GREAT for the Patriots, knows the system and has proven he belongs on the team much more then Monte Ball or the other 3rd stringers.

    Brandon Bolden looked GREAT against the Texans.

  14. Montee Ball will play heavily during the week as a practice player, will be the starter for Week 17, and may play in garbage time against TN, and that is probably about it.

    He may end up with a superbowl ring out of it. Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

    Honestly, Brandon Bolden is so valuable on special teams too, they need to protect him at this point.

  15. .
    Every time Belichick brings someone new into the system, he says the same thing, ” We’ll see how it goes”.

    Sometimes it works out, like Johnathan Casillas or Akeem Ayers. Other times there’s not a match and Belichick will quickly move on.
    .

  16. ring5for50,

    Jonus Gray has ONE great game and that’s it. I agree BB hasn’t been perfect, but don’t you think there is a reason that he keeps getting cut from other teams?

  17. BAD Decision #1 – Cutting Jonas Gray


    Gray doesn’t do a lot that Blount can’t do plus Blount is the better back anyway.

    Not to mention the reports about his attitude. The decision makes sense IMO.

  18. Monte Ball has all the skills and he’s not easy to take down in traffic. If he can hold onto the ball, he’ll be fine. He looked awfully good in Denver in 2013. And he sounds hungry, and humble to be picked up by the best franchise and coach. James White probably weighed in and has no insecurity about it. Brandon Bolden looked good carrying tacklers and he’ll get plenty of touches yet. Bravo, all around.

  19. ring5for50 says:
    Dec 18, 2015 10:33 AM

    BB is a GREAT HC, however, he is prone to bad decisions since he is human.

    BAD Decision #1 – Cutting Jonas Gray

    BAD Decision #2 – Not getting Jonas Gray back after Lewis went down.
    ————————————————————
    As pattyarbuccholz said, there is obviously more to the Jonas Gray story than any of us know. My theory is that it is nothing about off field issues, but more likely that Gray isn’t a good enough blocker, can’t catch out of the backfield and is just too limited for what NE wants to do.

  20. stillers213 says:
    Teams give up on players and coaches way too soon anymore. If this were common practice in the 70’s and 80’s, the HOF would be less than half the size it is currently. There are only a few organizations left that have patience and maintain stability from top to bottom.
    —————————————————
    Great post. John Wooden, maybe the greatest coach of all time, in any sport, didn’t win his first championship until 16th year at UCLA. He took his time to build something that eventually became the greatest dynasty in sport.

    These days, if you aren’t at “elite” status in your first three years, everyone panics.

  21. There is a need for a third RB for multiple reasons. Brandon Bolden is one of their top ST players. Brady needs reliable protection in the backfield. If another player goes down they are screwed. This is a great opportunity for Ball so I hope he takes advantage of it.

  22. Didn’t they kick the tires on him earlier in the year?

    It’s entirely possible they brought him in, said they were interested but he had to get in better shape. They most likely couldn’t waste the roster spot on him at the time.

  23. Jonas Gray was the BETTER selection, compared to Monte Ball, when Lewis went down.

    If Monte Ball had any real value ( 2nd Round Pick) he would not be an overweight FA.

  24. carloswlassiter says:
    Dec 18, 2015 11:10 AM
    As pattyarbuccholz said, there is obviously more to the Jonas Gray story than any of us know. My theory is that it is nothing about off field issues, but more likely that Gray isn’t a good enough blocker, can’t catch out of the backfield and is just too limited for what NE wants to do.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And Monte Ball is an improvement??? – NO WAY

  25. “Got 3 low key games to get everyone healthly and up to speed.”

    I wouldn’t call the Jets game low key. They’re fighting for a wild card and the Pats are fighting for the 1 seed.

    Same for the Fins. They Pats need to win out to ensure the 1 seed and unless Denver and Cincy both lose this weekend then they cannot afford to take any opponent lightly.

    For that matter they can’t take the Titans lightly. They did that with the Eagles and paid the price.

    So no, none of these games are low key.

  26. One could make the argument that you go Indy Colts style, and “not win” the Jets game, to prevent the Steelers from making the playoffs. Not saying I agree with that argument, but if the 2 teams currently in front of Pittsburgh win out (Chiefs/Jets), then the Steelers lose out on the playoffs

  27. ring5for50 says:
    Dec 18, 2015 10:33 AM

    BB is a GREAT HC, however, he is prone to bad decisions since he is human.

    BAD Decision #1 – Cutting Jonas Gray

    BAD Decision #2 – Not getting Jonas Gray back after Lewis went down.

    Jonas did GREAT for the Patriots, knows the system and has proven he belongs on the team much more then Monte Ball or the other 3rd stringers.

    ————————————————-

    Yeaaaahhhhh …. I’m gonna go with Bill’s opinion on this one.

    Belichick > ring5for50

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