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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%: 45/2 | Average Draft Position: 139.43
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LeGarrette Blount dominates garbage time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) With the Steelers blowing out the Panthers, running back LeGarrette Blount replaced Le'Veon Bell and took advantage of a tired Carolina defense. Blount ran 10 times for 118 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown to make the score 37-13.

Blount had a 50-yard run and averaged 11.8 yards per carry. He could have more garbage-time opportunities Week 4 against winless Tampa Bay.


LeGarrette Blount held to single digit rushing yards again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount was held to single digit rushing yards Thursday against the Ravens.

Blount received just three carries, gaining 8 yards. He wasn't much of a factor during the game, as the Steelers fell behind and had to rely on the passing game more than initially expected. Since Le'Veon Bell is regarded as the better pass catcher, he saw more time during the contest. Blount did have one target during the game, but couldn't come up with the ball. 

He'll take on the Panthers Week 3. 


LeGarrette Blount played only six snaps


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount was in for only six snaps Week 1 against Cleveland, 50 fewer than Le'Veon Bell. Blount did rush for an 8-yard touchdown but his usage was much lower than most expected.

LeGarrette Blount scores, does little else in Steelers victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount took a backseat Sunday to star-of-the-game backfield mate Le'Veon Bell, but he did make one key contribution to a close victory.

Blount blasted through a hole to score from eight yards out late in the first quarter. He lost two yards on three carries the rest of the way and did not catch the only pass thrown in his direction.

He will try to be more of a consistent contributor when the Steelers play at Baltimore on Thursday night.


LeGarrette Blount an iffy Fantasy play at best Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) The Great Unknown of the Steelers offense heading into 2014 is running back LeGarrette Blount. It will take at least one game - the Sunday season opener against visiting Cleveland - to even begin to unwrap the mystery.

Le'Veon Bell is the featured back, but the Steelers did not bring Blount in to cool his heels on the bench. They prefer that he takes his momentum coming off an incredible explosion late last year and run with it. Blount rushed 431 yards and eight touchdowns on 64 carries during a three-game stretch in the regular season and playoffs.

The Browns boast potentially a strong run defense, but have yet to prove it on the field consistently. They were susceptible to long gains on the ground in the preseason, but Blount will probably not get enough carries as at-best a sidekick to Bell to make him a worthy Fantasy play. He managed just eight carries for 42 yards against Cleveland last year, though that was while wearing a New England uniform, so little insight can be gathered there.


Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount will play Week 1 as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play Sunday against the Browns despite their recent arrests on marijuana possession charges, reports NFL.com.

No risk of suspension for Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) There is no chance the Steelers will suspend running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount for their arrests last week on charges of marijuana possession, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The team will let the legal process play out, then wait for the NFL to impose discipline -- a process that could take a year.

"So the idea that either the Steelers will act on their own or that the wheels of NFL justice will move so quickly Bell and Blount could lose a game to suspension anytime soon is folly," Bouchette wrote.

The Steelers won't do anything to hurt their chances of winning Week 1, Bouchette continued. In addition, he asserted the collective bargaining agreement prohibits teams from imposing suspensions in these kinds of cases.

Bell also was charged with DUI in the incident a week ago.


Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount to play Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will "absolutely" play in Thursday's preseason finale, NFL.com reports.

Most of the team's starters and veterans will get the final week of preseason off, but the two running backs won't receive that perk after being charged with possession last week.


Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount to play Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers, reports NFL.com. It's apparently further "punishment" for their arrests last week on charges of marijuana possession, the report said.

Coach Mike Tomlin has said the running backs could be subject to additional team discipline.


Update: Steelers have not ruled out suspending running backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Updating a previous report, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said "everything's on the table" in terms of the discipline he'll hand out to running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, reports ESPN.com. Bell and Blount were arrested on marijuana possession charges last Wednesday, and Bell also was charged with DUI.

Given Tomlin's statement, it's possible Bell or Blount could be suspended for the regular-season opener against Cleveland, the report said.


Steelers won't suspend Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin might discipline running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount for getting charged with marijuana possession last week, but he won't suspend them, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Any discipline will be handled internally and not made public, the report said.

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.