Friday, November 21, 2014

Belichick on Blount: 'We're glad to have him back'


It's amazing what a year can bring.

This time last season, running back LeGarrette Blount looked like the running back of old, averaging more than five yards a clip and getting into the end zone on a semi-consistent basis. He finished his season averaging 144 yards his last three games before that fateful playoff game against the Denver Broncos, where he tallied only six yards on five carries.

Fast forward, and the 27-year-old is back with the New England Patriots after a tumultuous season with Pittsburgh that's seen him rush for more than 100 yards only once in 11 games this year.

"It didn't work out. It's the business part of the NFL," coach Bill Belichick said via Mike Reiss of "He was released, he was available, and we were able to work out to have him back here. We're glad to have him back."

The move is an obvious fit for New England, who lost tailback Stevan Ridley earlier this year to a knee injury. Blount is a familiar face in Josh McDaniel's scheme, and he's a proven to be extremely reliable. 

Blount, who will be competing with utility back Shane Vereen and newcomer Jonas Gray for touches, says he fully understands the situation he's getting into. 

"Bill is a straight-forward shooter, he's a 100 percent honest person," he said. "I truly believe that if I do what I have to do, then I'll make myself a role on this team. Whatever I have to do, I'm going to do it to be productive."

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