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27 LeGarrette Blount RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/250 | Birthdate: 12/5/1986 | Birthplace: Madison, FL, USA | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Oregon | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 40/9 | Average Draft Position: 141.20
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Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount get extended work with backups


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Hours removed from being charged with marijuana possession, Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both received extra snaps with the backups deep into Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. 

Bell got the start but shared carries and was outplayed by Blount throughout the night. He took nine handoffs for 23 yards, averaging only 2.6 yards per attempt. He caught only one pass for 3 yards while being targeted twice. Blount had seven carries for 32 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per attempt. He caught all three of his targets for 14 yards.

Both players played late into the game as part of a "punishment," according to head coach Mike Tomlin, per the Observer-Reporter.


Speculation: Suspensions of Steelers not nearing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) The NFL could eventually suspend Steelers running backs LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell for their charges of marijuana possession, but it won't come anytime soon, according to ESPN senior NFL writer John Clayton.

Clayton noted that it took the league 10 months to pass down a suspension for Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. The NFL has also yet to punish Browns wideout Josh Gordon, though that is expected soon.


Report: Steelers set to play backs despite legal issues


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) The Steelers are set to play running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount on Thursday night against Philadelphia, sources have told ESPN.

The two were charged with marijuana possession Wednesday while the former was also charged with DUI.


Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount charged with possession


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession Wednesday, with Bell also being charged with DUI, 93.7 The Fan reports.

Bell and Blount reportedly had 20 grams of marijuana in the car at the time of the stop, and an unidentified female with the two was also charged. All three were said to be "cooperative" with the police.


Le'Veon Bell says he 'probably will' lose goal line work to LeGarrette Blount


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Call it an off night for the Steelers run game Saturday against the Bills. Le'Veon Bell started and played the first eight snaps over two series for the Steelers but had just 11 yards on four carries and no catches. After getting three straight handoffs in the second series, Bell was replaced by LeGarrette Blount who played on eight straight snaps over two series himself but he actually did worse than Bell, totaling zero yards on three runs which included snaps with the second-team offense.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin insists their respective workloads haven't been determined yet and that Saturday's action was just a step in the process.

"We're trying to work both guys, but at the same time we want to get them enough extended action that we know them as fatigue sets in. Playing consecutive plays is a big part of that," Tomlin said. "Both guys are going to get their share but I want both guys to have the lead dog mentality, and in order to have that and do that you gotta see them for spurts of extended period of time. But don't read too much into it, we're just still growing and developing in terms of our division of labor. I like both guys, obviously, and both guys are going to be big components of why we're successful."

In a quick chat with CBSSports.com after the game, Bell said he's looking forward to learning from and sharing with Blount.

"He's going to keep me fresh, I'm going to keep him fresh," Bell said of Blount. "It's definitely important to stay fresh. Last year there were some runs I wasn't as fresh as I could have been. I could have maybe got more yards. LeGarrette, Dri [Archer], those guys are definitely going to help me out and I'm going to help them out as best as I can."

So does that mean Bell would be upset if the coaches gave Blount goal-line snaps?

"They probably will do that, that's probably what will happen," Bell said. "He's a big, strong guy, so when they put him in, he's in. We hopefully get that touchdown and I'm glad. I don't care."

Bell's comment is interesting because Blount isn't known for being the short-yardage/goal-line type. That doesn't mean he can't fit the role, of course. Blount's the bigger back of the two. Bell's versatility should put him ahead of Blount in terms of playing time, however. He's still rock solid as the kind of Fantasy running back you can confidently draft in Round 2, though pairing him with Blount and forming the Steelers backfield on your own roster is advised.

Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount can't make any noise vs. Bills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount failed to make any noise Saturday night against the Bills in exhibition play.

Bell got the start and saw most of his work on the second series and finished 11 yards on four carries through the ground. He was not targeted in the passing game. Blount was utilized as the up back in some formations, lining up in front of Dri Archer. He limited to three carries for no gain. He was also targeted once in the passing game and was held without a grab.

Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount share workload in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount shared the workload with the first-team offense in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Giants.

Bell got the start and both players were pulled after two drives. He ripped runs of 9 and 8 yards to start the game. Bell finished with three carries for 18 yards and one catch for 6 yards. Blount rushed for 10 yards on three carries.

Steelers unveil initial depth chart


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) The Steelers released their initial depth chart on Sunday, just a few days before their first preseason game against the Giants.

At wide receiver, the listed second-year pro Markus Wheaton as the starter opposite of Antonio Brown. Lance Moore is listed as the primary backup to Wheaton, andJustin Brown is the primary backup to Brown.

At running back, the team listed newcomer LeGarrette Blount behind Le'Veon Bell, followed by Dri Archer and Tauren Poole.

Steelers could mix, match 'B&B backfield'


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/20/2014) The Steelers might mix and match running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount more than originally expected, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I don't think you'll be able to tell anything with the first two guys," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said of what could become known as the B&B backfield. "The key for me is to not know which one is in there. To have that much confidence and faith in both of them, that both can get it done whether it's running, catching or blocking."

The Steelers want to get their no-huddle offense to a point where they do not have to change personnel on the fly. If the backs can serve different roles from snap to snap, that versatility makes them more valuable.

"The nice thing is we can start a series with certain personnel and we can keep that personnel on the field and go no-huddle," Roethlisberger said. "So we can try to dictate what defense comes on the field so we can get in the best play possible."


LeGarrette Blount pegged for 6-8 carries per game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) The Steelers plan to give backup running back LeGarrette Blount six to eight carries per game, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Blount will spell Le'Veon Bell and figures to be used in short-yardage and goal-line situations, the report said.

"I feel like every running back in this league wants to be a starter," Blount told the paper. "Obviously I want to start, and I knew that when I went to New England. I wasn't the starting guy. When I come here, I know I'm not the starting guy. But you work hard and go out there and do everything as though you are the starter. Sometimes it plays out that way, sometimes it doesn't.

"I like Le'Veon. I like his running style. He rushed for 800-plus yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie. I wouldn't mind complementing him at all."


Le'Veon Bell breaks down Steelers run game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) In a Q&A on the Steelers' official website, second-year rusher Le'Veon Bell isn't taking the starting job for granted. Moreover, he sees where he fits in with LeGarrette Blount

"He's a big guy. He's going to go in there and bruise some things down," Bell said of Blount's role. "I look at myself not as a bruiser but not as a scat-back, either. I do a little bit of both. I like juking, catching balls out of the backfield, lowering my shoulder. He likes running downhill. It's definitely going to be a good change of pace. The run game should definitely be good this year."


LeGarrette Blount picked Steelers for 'hard-nosed' style


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Running back LeGarrette Blount said the Steelers' style of play was one of the reasons he signed with Pittsburgh. “I like how they play. I like the division. I like that they have a tough, hard-nosed running style," he told the team's website.

"From looking at old film with (Jerome) Bettis and Willie Parker, I know how they won the Super Bowl and they are trying to get back to that and I want to be a part of it.”

Blount said he hopes to "give a little more of a tough running style to the offense. Le’Veon (Bell) is a big dude. He is a little taller than I am. I want to give a physical aspect to the running game. Just the whole aspect of me and Le’Veon being together and knowing the things we can do. It’s going to be an exciting time.”


Le'Veon Bell still feature back over LeGarrette Blount


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/31/2014) Even with the addition of running back LeGarrette Blount, the Steelers still plan to lean on Le'Veon Bell, reports ESPN.

The report says the Steelers "are committed to Le'Veon Bell as their feature back -- as they should be." He will continue to get the majority of the carries, but Blount does provide the Steelers much-needed insurance behind Bell.


Report: LeGarrette Blount not signed strictly as backup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Running back LeGarrette Blount was not signed by the Steelers merely as a backup to Le'Veon Bell, according to Steelers Depot. His role has yet to be defined, but Pittsburgh did not spend nearly $4 million over two years to sit him on the bench and play him only if Bell is injured.

Blount blossomed as a featured back at the end of the regular season and in the playoffs with New England in 2013.

Bell had close to 300 touches in just 13 games a year ago. The addition of Blount could limit him to fewer carries and make him less of an injury risk.


LeGarrette Blount gets $3.85 million over two years


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) The Steelers gave running back LeGarrette Blount a two-year, $3.85 million contract, including a $950,000 signing bonus, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The former Patriot will back up Le'Veon Bell.

LeGarrette Blount agrees to deal with Steelers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Free agent running back LeGarrette Blount agreed to a two-year deal with the Steelers, reports the National Football Post. The Patriots were interested in re-signing Blount, but not for what Pittsburgh was offering, the report said.

Steelers 'optimistic' they'll find backup RB


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) There's no secret that the Steelers are looking for a backup running back behind Le'Veon Bell. Last week they had ex-Jaguars rusher Maurice Jones-Drew in for a visit and former Patriots runner LeGarrette Blount will visit the team on Friday. 

"We're looking to add depth at that position, and a guy of that caliber, a been-there, done-that type of veteran, will be an asset for us," Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We need to have depth in that area and we will in the not-too-distant future, whether it's in free agency or the draft."

Last year Bell had 244 of the team's 342 rushes (71 pct.) in the 13 games he played in. Currently the only backs behind Bell on the depth chart are Alvester Alexander, Miguel Maysonet and Tauren Poole. None of them have carried the ball during the regular season.


LeGarrette Blount's visit to Steelers pushed off


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Free agent running back LeGarrette Blount was supposed to visit the Steelers on Sunday, but the visit was pushed back to Friday, after the league meetings, reports the National Football Post. Blount also has drawn interest from the Ravens and could still return to the Patriots.

Report: LeGarrette Blount to pay Steelers a visit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Free agent running back LeGarrette Blount has scheduled a visit with the Steelers for Sunday, league sources has told The National Football Post.

The Patriots have continued to show an interest in Blount, who ran wild down the stretch in 2013 to establish himself as a viable featured back. The Ravens have also have reportedly also eyed Blount.

The Steelers had fellow free agent back Maurice Jones-Drew in for a visit this week as well, but no deal with him has been reached.


LeGarrette Blount an option for Ravens


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/20/2014) The Ravens are going to add a running back this offseason through free agency or the draft, reports ESPN, and one option could be LeGarrette Blount.

The report says the Ravens need insurance behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, and the "best fit" would be Blount, who played last season in New England after three seasons with Tampa Bay.


'Greater likelihood' that LeGarrette Blount stays with Pats


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) The Patriots and running back LeGarrette Blount have expressed mutual interest in the 250-pounder returning to the team, according to multiple outlets. Blount "seemingly has more value to the Patriots than most others, which makes us think it's a greater likelihood he's back," reports ESPN.com.

Blount averaged 5.0 yards per carry and ran for seven touchdowns last season. He could be signed before free agency starts March 11.


Pats to offer LeGarrette Blount around $2 million per year?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/7/2014) After the Patriots gave Danny Woodhead a low offer last spring, in part because they already have a number of rushers on the roster, the Boston Herald doesn't expect the Patriots to offer much more than $2 million per year for LeGarrette Blount this offseason. 

Blount was a lifesaver for the Patriots run game late in the year, totaling eight touchdowns and 437 rush yards over their last four games including the playoffs. All told his regular season ended with seven scores and 772 rush yards, though he spent a good portion of the year backing up Stevan Ridley, who was benched because of fumbling too often. 


LeGarrette Blount wants to stay with Patriots


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) Running back LeGarrette Blount, an impending free agent, said he'd like to return to the Patriots, reports NFL Network. The interest is mutual, the report said.

Blount, 27, ran for 431 yards and eight touchdowns in three games leading up to the AFC Championship Game, when he was held to 6 yards on five carries and didn't touch the ball in the second half. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry in the regular season.


LeGarrette Blount averages 1.2 yards a carry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who had run for eight touchdowns in the previous three games and 355 yards in the previous two, was a complete non-factor in the AFC Championship Game loss at Denver. He ran five times for 6 yards in the first half and did not receive a carry after halftime.

Blount, 27, will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.


Bill Belichick warns players to stay away from legal pot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Patriots got a word of warning from Bill Belichick about the availability of legal marijuana when the arrive in Denver for the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

"Bill told us about it and he basically said don't bother, it'd be stupid," said running back LeGarrette Blount via MassLiveSports. "It's really good advice."