Saturday, April 27, 2013
LeGarrette Blount adds physicality to Pats
By James Walker
The New England Patriots had a lot of success trading with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. New England acquired starting Aqib Talib midseason for a 2013 draft pick, and Talib quickly became the Patriots’ best corner.
So it wasn’t a shock when New England went back to Tampa Bay on Saturday to pull off another trade. The Patriots acquired big running back LeGarrette Blount from the Buccaneers for a seventh-round draft pick and running back Jeff Demps.
Like Talib, Blount found himself out of favor with the coaching staff in Tampa Bay last season. He rushed for a career-low 151 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. Blount combined for 1,781 yards and 11 touchdowns in his previous two seasons. Blount adds a physical element to New England's rushing attack. He can also help the Patriots in short-yardage situations.
Blount will compete for a roster spot in a deep backfield that includes starter Stevan Ridley and backups Shane Vereen, Leon Washington and James Develin.