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|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 yearís 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.
|Jonas Gray misses practice, late to facility -- Fri Nov 21 1:40 pm --|
Tardiness could affect RBs playing time on Sunday
|New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray didn't practice on Friday because he didn't report to the team's facility on time, according to two sources. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a longstanding rule that if a player doesn't report on time, he doesn't practice that day. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: This incident may impact Gray's playing time on Sunday. Newly acquired LeGarrette Blount could see action if Belichick decides to discipline his rookie running back. Gray becomes a shaky fantasy play in Week 12.
|Patriots add Blount to running back mix -- Thu Nov 20 10:47 am --|
|Free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots for the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to a source. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Blount was with New England last season as their power back, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and scoring 7 TDs. Blount's signing impacts Jonas Gray more than Vereen. Gray will still be the lead big-back in the offense for the time being with Blount in the mix as an insurance policy.
|Steelers release RB LeGarrette Blount -- Tue Nov 18 1:37 pm --|
Running back left the field early after receiving zero carries
|The Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount less than a day after he left the teamís sideline before the completion of the teamís 27-24 comeback win Monday night over Tennessee. "We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in the statement. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: Blount received zero carries in Monday night's game against the Titans while Le'Veon Bell received 33. Blount's antics of leaving the field early last night obviously didn't sit well with the team. It's likely that running back needy teams (IND, MIN, DEN, ARI) will kick the tires on Ben Tate before Blount.