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LeGarrette Blount (R / NE)

LeGarrette Blount (R, NE)

LeGarrette Blount gained 31 yards on 11 carries and lost a fumble in the Patriots' 34-28 overtime victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

Impact

Blount's most prominent play was a dubious one, as he had the ball ripped out by Falcons safety Deion Jones on the second play of the second quarter, giving Atlanta possession at its own 29-yard line. That turnover eventually resulted in a Devonta Freeman five-yard touchdown run, and the Patriots used Blount sparingly after that point. The scarcity of touches also came as a result of the four-possession deficit that New England found itself facing early into the third quarter, a scenario that largely froze Blount out of the action due to his minimal role in the passing game. An unrestricted free agent after playing on a one-year, $1 million contract in 2016, it remains to be seen if Blount will be brought back to serve as the team's primary two-down back.

Recent Stats

Week Opp TD Pass Int Rush Rec Yds 2Pt TO Total
Season                   240
21 @ Atl 3 -2 1
20 vs Pit 6 4 1 0 11
19 vs Hou 3 3
17 @ Mia 6 5 11
16 vs NYJ 12 5 17

Older News

LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 47 yards and a touchdown, and caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 36-17 AFC Championship win over the Steelers.

Impact

Blount was a much bigger part of the game plan after playing second fiddle to Dion Lewis with only eight touches against the Texans last week. The 30-year-old veteran scored his team's lone rushing touchdown from one yard out in the third quarter for his 19th rushing score in 18 games. Finding running room in the Super Bowl won't be easy against a Falcons defense that hasn't allowed more than 34 yards on the ground to any non-quarterback this postseason.

LeGarrette Blount carried just eight times for 31 yards in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round victory over the Texans.

Impact

The bruising back had been removed from the injury report on Friday after missing the prior two practices with an illness, yet still ceded the majority of backfield work to Dion Lewis on the night. Blount did get a goal-line opportunity late in the first half, but was stuffed for no gain at the one-yard line. Blount then saw his last two carries on New England's final possession, and he managed to rip off an 18-yard gain to the Texans' 47-yard line that took the clock down to the two-minute warning. Saturday's usage may have simply been a case of the Patriots opting to play it safe with one of their most valuable commodities, and Blount could therefore be back to a much more customary workload in next Sunday's conference championship.

LeGarrette Blount (illness) has been removed from the Patriots' injury report in advance of Saturday night's playoff game against the the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Impact

The Patriots' bye week has helped the team enter the weekend in solid shape, health-wise. Blount, who led the NFL this past season with 18 rushing scores, is thus in line to serve as the Patriots' top power back Saturday, as usual, which gives him upside in TD-heavy formats even though he's likely to share carries with Dion Lewis, who has logged 45 rushing attempts over the squad's last three games.

LeGarrette Blount (illness) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Impact

Back-to-back missed sessions are notable of course, but we'd still expect the running back to rally in time to suit up Saturday night against the Texans. We'll revisit Blount's status Friday, at which time we suspect that he'll either draw an official questionable designation or simply be removed from the Patriots' final injury report in advance of Saturday's playoff tilt.

LeGarrette Blount did not practice Wednesday due to illness.

Impact

Blount was the lone Patriot that spent Wednesday's practice on the sidelines. The severity of his flu is unknown, but look for more updates to come throughout the practice week. James White and Dion Lewis are expected to see an uptick in practice reps should Blount remain out.

LeGarrette Blount saw action on 22 of a possible 67 snaps on offense in Sunday's 35-14 win over the Dolphins, carrying 15 times for 51 yards and a TD in the process.

Impact

Blount thus finishes up the 2016 regular season with 299 carries for 1,161 yards and a team-record 18 rushing TDs to go along with seven catches for 38 yards. The 6-foot, 250-pounder will continue to serve as the Patriots' primary power back in the playoffs, while Dion Lewis and James White are in line to work in complementary/change-of-pace roles in the team's backfield.

LeGarrette Blount carried 20 times for 50 yards and two TDs in Saturday's 41-3 win over the Jets.

Impact

In the process, Blount upped his TD total to a fantasy-friendly 17, though it remains to be seen how much the Patriots will need their power back in Week 17. If the Colts are able to defeat the Raiders later Saturday, the Patriots would lock up the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC.

LeGarrette Blount had 17 carries for 31 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-3 win at Denver.

Impact

Blount didn't see much work in the first half and was lucky to score on his 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, as it looked Dion Lewis reached the ball over the goal line on the previous play. New England did not challenge, however, and Blount recorded his 15th rushing touchdown of the season to set a franchise record. Although Blount took a backseat to Lewis, who finished with 18 carries for 95 yards, the bruising RB has established himself as a reliable scorer. Next week, he'll face the Jets at home.

LeGarrette Blount rushed 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's win over the Ravens.

Impact

Blount also caught his lone target for seven yards. Along with topping the 1,000-yard mark with his performance Monday, the bulldozing tailback's four yards per carry came against the league's top-ranked run defense. Blount also notched New England's first offensive touchdown of the night with a one-yard plunge to close the first quarter. That score was Blount's 14th on the ground, which tied the Patriots' team record for single-season rushing six-pointers. After finding the end zone in back-to-back games, Blount will look to break the record this Sunday against the Broncos.

LeGarrette Blount carried 18 times for 88 yards with a TD in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Rams.

Impact

Blount, who scored the game's first touchdown on an impressive 43-yard run in the first quarter, continues to lead the Patriots' rushing attack in his role as the team's top power back. In Week 14, he'll take aim at a Baltimore squad that thwarted Miami by a 38-6 score on Sunday after having entered the weekend allowing a league-low average of 74.9 rushing yards per game.

LeGarrette Blount was on the field for 27 of 73 snaps on offense in the Patriots' 22-17 win over the Jets on Sunday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Blount carried 11 times for 67 yards.

Impact

Meanwhile, James White saw 26 snaps (and zero carries, en route to catching four passes), while Dion Lewis was out there for 23 snaps, carrying six times for 24 yards and hauling in four passes. While Blount hasn't scored a TD in his last two games, he's turned his 30 carries in that span into 191 yards, good for a 6.4 yards per carry clip. While Lewis and White will continue to handle the Patriots' pass-catching/change-of-pace duties, Blount remains entrenched as the team's power back and is thus in line to see a decent chunk of carries (including some around the goal line) on a weekly basis.