Arrested in August for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Released in November after a fall-out with the Steelers. Crowned Super Bowl champ in February with the New England Patriots. Only LeGarrette Blount could pull off that kind of magic within one NFL season.
Historically, Blount is always at the center of controversy and it’s always self-inflicted. The troubled back came into the national spotlight in 2009 when he sucker-punched a player from Boise State in front of a national television audience. He’s had an up and down career since then and his current offseason has raised more questions than it has answered. Forget his one-game suspension, he’s already failed and passed a conditioning test in just the last week for the Patriots.
Even if Blount enters the season in tip-top shape, New England running backs have spelled nothing but trouble for fantasy owners since the arrival of Bill Belichick.
At 6’0”, 250 pounds, Blount’s punishing rushing style supplants him atop the Patriots depth chart. After the departure of veterans, Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, Blount heads a young and unproven rushing core of Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray, and Travaris Cadet. But even Blount knows being the starter doesn’t mean you’ll get the most looks.
“I don’t know who our No. 1 guy is,” Blount said. “Sometimes we started the game (in 2014) with Shane (Vereen), sometimes we started the game with me, sometimes we started the game with Brandon (Bolden).”
Nobody knows who will be the No. 1 guy for the Patriots except Belichick. The twisted, genius, mind of one of the greatest coaches in the game keeps everyone on their toes. Belichick pulls and plugs players into every individual game as he sees fit and that will lead to inconsistent production for every New England back. If there is one thing that drives a fantasy owner crazy, it’s inconsistency.
Belichick is also a no B.S. type of coach. Remember when Jonas Gray rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns during week 11 and then was late to one practice the following week. Gray did not record a single touch in week 12.
Practice. We’re talking about practice. Not the game, but practice.
Blount has done some worse stuff than attending practice late. Do you really think he can keep a clean slate for a full season under Belichick’s watchful eye? Blount will be the lead back by time the season starts, but just like any season, betting on a Patriots’ back is like rolling die with the dealer, and the dealer’s name is Bill.