- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick commented on the acquisition of Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount following the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
"Excited to have him here, think he's a good football player," Belichick said. "He's had a lot of production and I think he got in a situation last year where they obviously went with [Doug] Martin, but I think he's a good football player and happy to add him to our team.
"I think we felt we had an opportunity to get a good player at a price we felt was fair, good value for what we gave up, and that's why we did it. Look, our job is to acquire good football players. That's what we're in the business of."
Blount becomes the Patriots' biggest back at 247 pounds, and his presence could push starter Stevan Ridley. He also could become a go-to presence in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
As for including running back Jeff Demps in the deal for Blount, Belichick declined to say that Demps' decision to run track this year was the reason for the deal.
"We just felt the overall trade was good for our football team," Belichick said.