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College: Oregon DOB: 1986-12-05 Age: 30
Blount was a revelation for the Bucs as an undrafted rookie free agent picked up on the waiver wire after being released in the preseason by the Titans. He assumed the starting role at midseason for an ineffective Cadillac Williams and finished the season with 1,007 rushing yards and six touchdowns while averaging an impressive 5.0 yards per carry. However, his limitations as a receiver and pass blocker were evident and with the Bucs often playing from behind, Blount struggled mightily, finishing the year with 781 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He was especially ineffective down the stretch, accumulating just 137 yards and one touchdown on 46 carries over the Bucs final five games. His struggles caused the Bucs to draft Boise State product Doug Martin late in the first round of this year’s draft and he has entered training camp ahead of Blount in the pecking order at running back. While there are no guarantees that Martin will excel in his rookie season, he will get the first crack at earning a significant amount of playing time with Blount likely to get the goal line work and subbing in as a change of pace option. Consider Blount a low end RB4 entering the season and a potential flex option in larger leagues.
News From The Past 90 Days
Patriots add Rex Burkhead to backfield-- Tue Mar 14 5:04 pm --
Pats add depth at running back
The New England Patriots have signed former Bengals running back Rex Burkhead, the team announced Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. He could be eyed to fill Brandon Bolden's role in New England as a reserve running back and special teamer.(ESPN)
FF Today's Take:Or, he could help ease the loss of LeGarrette Blount as he tests the free agent market. In any case Burkhead brings more pass-catching ability than Blount and gives the Patriots yet another back in what's sure to be a frustrating situation for fantasy owners as Burkhead mixes in with Dion Lewis and James White.
Blount misses practice again with illness-- Thu Jan 12 11:45 am --
Missed practice on Wednesday also
Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is out of practice for the second day in a row.
Blount went to work this morning at Gillette Stadium but left before practice because of an illness, according to reporters on the scene. He missed practice yesterday as well.(ProFootballTalk)
FF Today's Take:It's assumed Blount will be ready to go for Saturday's playoff game against the Texans but fantasy owners considering using the power back in daily formats need to keep an eye on his status. Should he play, he's a heavy favorite to find the endzone in a game the Patriots are favored by 15 points.
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