Every Saturday throughout the offseason, one question from Twitter will be selected to further explore a relevant topic around the New England Patriots.
@MikeReiss with the signing of Donald Brown, will Blounts run in New England be over?
— Dan Reardon (@Dan_Reardon15) March 18, 2016
Dan, I don't see the signing of Donald Brown to a one-year deal as being tied to LeGarrette Blount's potential return as a free agent. Brown adds depth at running back but will still have to compete for a roster spot, and I'd still expect the Patriots to strongly consider adding to the position in the draft, as well, even if they ultimately bring back Blount. As for Brown, his skill set is such that he crosses over between the two distinct roles the Patriots have at the position -- more of a traditional rusher and then the "passing" back. It never hurts to build experienced depth, as the Patriots got caught a bit short at the position in 2015 after injuries to Dion Lewis (Nov. 8) and Blount (Dec. 13), and that's how I view the signing of Brown. His ball security and blitz pickup are considered two areas of strength. As for Blount, I think the question will ultimately be: Is there confidence that a 29-year-old power back who is coming off a season-ending hip injury can recapture his old form?