LeGarrette Blount on his season with Lions: “It’s not really as productive as I would have wanted it to be”

Getty Images

Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount is on pace for the least productive season since leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2012 year.

Blount had gained just 151 yards on 41 carries with two touchdowns in his 13 games with the Buccaneers that season. He’s on pace to finish with less than 300 yards and a career-worst 2.3 yards per attempt this season in Detroit.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Blount isn’t quite sure what to make of his year so far with the Lions, but he hopes it can improve over the final six games of the season.

It’s not really as productive as I would have wanted it to be, but at the end of the day you’ve got to strap it up and go play football,” Blount said. “You can’t live in the past, so I’m just moving on from this game.”

Blount has been a backup option to rookie starter Kerryon Johnson. But with Johnson set to miss time due to a knee injury, Blount is set to see an increased role. He gained 766 yards with two touchdowns in 16 games with the Philadelphia Eagles last season, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. While Detroit has been a running back wasteland for much of the recent past, Johnson has managed to find success. He’s gained 641 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 10 games for the Lions this season.

Blount is a different type of runner than Johnson and he hasn’t been able to match that production in the chances he’s received. It’s a question Blount says he doesn’t have the answer to.

“I couldn’t tell you,” Blount said.. “Luck of the draw. You just don’t know. Like I said, that’ll be something that Matty P (Patricia) would be able to answer more than I would.”

Blount hasn’t had even a double-digit rushing game in the last four weeks. He’s carried 21 times for 18 yards over that span.

12 responses to “LeGarrette Blount on his season with Lions: “It’s not really as productive as I would have wanted it to be”

  1. Blount got huffy after 2016 SB because he wanted a big multi-year SB payday but Belichick would only offer a 1yr $1.1M deal (+incentives). Not much gratitude to the coach who rescued his career – twice! Anyway so Blount flounced off and later claimed Eagles gave him such a deal, 2yrs and higher money, but it turned out to be 1yr $1.25M (no incentives) – essentially the same pay. Titans now paying him $2M for 1yr, but his drop off shows Belichick was right yet again with assessing a veteran only having one good year left. It’s tough decisions like that have kept Pats at or near the top of the tree for 2 decades in the Parity Rules era of cap and FA, and why he’s the goat GM.

  2. Blount appears to have lost his quickness.
    Last game with a huge hole cleared on the left side of the line, and Blount was barely moving through it – the opening closed up the next second, and Blount lost a yard.
    Young backs accelerate through huge openings like that.

  3. He’s old and slow. He was a one year rental to try and install the “yes coach” mentality on this team, which sounds ironic with Blount I know, but he’s basically been a Patricia mouthpiece for the media. Says all the right things and hopefully keeps the young guys grinding. Hard to envision him being back next year tho. His YPC avg is tough to swallow and he does nothing on special teams. Time to draft a power back in the later rounds with significantly less tread on the tires and hopefully just a bit more quickness than Blount offers at this point.

  4. wib22 says:
    November 21, 2018 at 9:22 am
    With Burkhead a question mark, wonder if Belicheat signs him
    Yes, because players under contract are always being signed by other teams…

  5. He’s just about at the end of the road for a RB, especially a power runner like him. I hope he is being a positive influence and mentor for Kerryon, and still has a moment or two left in him as a Lion!

  6. He had some quick feet in his heyday could run inside or outside when motivated with proper pad level he was very hard to bring down. Blount force trauma!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.