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Height/Weight: 6-0/250 | Birthdate: 12/5/1986 | Birthplace: Madison, FL, USA | Team: New England | College: Oregon | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 84/31 | Average Draft Position: 139.43
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Patriots list lengthy injury report for final regular season game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.

The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).


Patriots' backfield remains an enigma


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/2014) LeGarrette Blount was out for Week 16 at the Jets with a shoulder injury, which meant surely the Patriots would make Jonas Gray their go-to running back. After all, he had a 200-yard, four-touchdown game earlier this season and finally got out of coach Bill Belichick's doghouse with 11 carries for 62 yards last week.

Wrong again.

Gray was the Patriots' only running back to score a touchdown in Week 16, plunging in from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter, but to say he was the go-to back would be disingenuous. He and Shane Vereen tied for the team lead in carries with six, but Brandon Bolden also had five. And Vereen and Bolden were both more productive with their carries, averaging 6.3 yards and 6.4 yards, respectively, than Gray was with his, averaging 0.8 yards.

And then there's the fact that Vereen is far and away the best pass-catcher of the three, but he was hardly involved in the passing game on a quiet day for quarterback Tom Brady.

So basically, you wouldn't have gone right with any of Blount's three replacements, and considering they were all equally involved, you have to wonder how they'll impact Blount's role if he returns Week 17 against Buffalo. Given that it's a tough matchup anyway, you might just want to avoid every Patriots running back.


Edelman, Blount among injured Patriots inactives for Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Patriots have ruled the following players inactive for Sunday's divisional clash against the Jets in Week 16: Dan Connolly, Julian Edelman, Alfonzo Dennard, LeGarrette Blount, Kyle Arrington, James White and Jordan Devey.

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) won't play Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who entered Week 16 questionable with a shoulder injury, will not play Sunday against the Jets, the team announced on Saturday. If Blount does in fact sit out, Bill Belichick will likely roll with Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen for the majority of the load.

The Patriots remain a 10 1/2-point favorite on the road against the Jets.


Patriots list 12 players as questionable in Week 16 injury report


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Patriots listed the following players as questionable for Week 16’s game at the New York Jets: Danny Aiken (finger), Kyle Arrington (hamstring), LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), Dan Connolly (knee), Julian Edelman (concussion), Cameron Fleming (ankle), Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), Chandler Jones (hip), Brandon LaFell (shoulder), Rob Ninkovich (heel), Shane Vereen (ankle) and Chris White (ankle).

Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player listed as probable. The Patriots did not have any players listed as out or doubtful.

The Patriots are 10 1/2-point favorites over the Jets.


Patriots WR Edelman, RB Blount dealing with injuries


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Two Patriots skill position players have suffered injuries that could affect their playing statuses for the Sunday game against the host Jets.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman was limited in practice Wednesday with a concussion, though it's unclear when it was sustained. He must pass protocol to be cleared for Week 16 action.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, meanwhile, has a hurt shoulder.


Patriots' Jonas Gray outrushes LeGarrette Blount in Week 15 win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray led the team in rushing in Week 15 against Miami.

Gray took five of his 11 carries on the final drive of the game to run out the clock and secure a 41-13 victory. He finished with 62 rushing yards, averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. LeGarrette Blount scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. Blount carried the ball eight times for 17 yards and a score.

New England will face the Jets in Week 16.


Patriots backs split the work in Week 15


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount salvaged his day with a trip to the end zone, but did little to impress otherwise in a 41-13 win over the Dolphins.  

The Patriots entered the game intent on relying on Blount, but he just couldn't get much going for the second week in a row. After rushing for just 66 yards on 20 carries last week, he was even less effective Sunday, finishing with 17 yards on eight carries.

Blount's subpar day even allowed the Patriots to dust off Jonas Gray , who received his most extensive work since his four-touchdown game four weeks ago. He led the team with 62 yards on 11 carries, and looked altogether like the better back of the two Sunday.

Blount looked very good in his first two games since joining the Patriots, averaging 6.2 yards on 22 carries. However, he has just 2.9 yards per carry on 28 since. Blount doesn't even have a monopoly on the goal-line work, as Shane Vereen scored from 3 yards out as well Sunday.

The Patriots have three backs who have shown they can be solid contributors whenever they get the chances. Of course, from a Fantasy perspective that might as well mean they don't have any running backs, because you can't know who is going to shine on any given day. The Patriots have a tough matchup on the way in Week 16 against the Jets, so you might be better off avoiding their backfield for that one. 


Roll the dice on LeGarrette Blount?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2014) Look, I won't mince words here. Jamey Eisenberg's pick of Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount as the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for Week 15 against Miami is going too far out on a limb for me. After all, he plays for Bill Belichick, who benched Jonas Gray the week after he ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns. As soon as you feel like you have a read on him, like with Blount leading the team in carries each of the last three weeks, he does something different just to make sure you don't. So there's a level of risk there I'm not comfortable with.

But just because he wouldn't be my Start of the Week doesn't mean he's a sit. To me, Blount is a player you rotate with several others in your flex spot based on matchups and trends. The trend is obviously a favorable one, and the matchup is, too. The Dolphins rank 22nd against the run, allowing 123.5 yards per game, and have been especially miserable lately, allowing an average of 220.3 yards in their last three games. If Blount continues to lead the Patriots in carries, it stands to reason he'll have a good game.

But I wouldn't go out of my way to start him by sitting someone who's proven to be trustworthy.


Patriots' LeGarrette Blount able to return on Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount was able to return to practice on Thursday, according to Boston.com.

Blount missed Wednesday's practice in order to appear in court in Pittsburgh on a marijuana charge. Blount had the charges dismissed on the condition he perform 50 hours of community service. Other than that, he's not expected to receive further discipline. Blount is expected to fill his usual role Week 15. 


Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount in deal to dismiss pot charge


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) A judge ruled Wednesday that Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount would have a marijuana possession charge dismissed by completing 50 hours of community service by a February court date, the Associated Press reports.

Blount was arrested on Aug. 20 along with then-teammate Le'Veon Bell after police say they found marijuana in Bell's car during a traffic stop. "He's happy that this is his first step in righting a wrong and he's looking forward to helping the youth in the communities he serves," Blount's attorney Casey White said. "He made a mistake, this was his first mistake. He's never been in trouble. He's never been arrested. This is his first brush with the law."

Blount missed practice Wednesday to attend the hearing. He could still face discipline from the league in regards to his arrest, but White indicated that won't be determined until the court case is resolved in February.


LeGarrette Blount looking safer


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2014) I've been careful not to write off running back Jonas Gray too soon, knowing coach Bill Belichick's proclivity for changing gears, but with his 20 carries in Week 14, I think it's safe to say LeGarrette Blount is the Patriots' primary ball carrier now. He has 42 carries over the last three weeks to Gray's three and is a perfect battering-ram style running back at the goal line.

He's not a great source of yardage, really, but given his potential to score every week, you could do worse for your third running back.

For more major takeaways from Week 14, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.


Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount leads rushing attack in Week 14 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount served as the team's primary rushing threat Sunday, picking up 66 yards on 20 carries and adding 11 yards on two receptions in his team's 23-14 win over the Chargers in Week 14.

Blount didn't find paydirt in the win but earned the vast majority of the carries, with Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen totaling three carries. Gray managed nine yards on two carries and wasn't a factor in the passing game. Vereen gained just one yard on his only carry but added three receptions for 30 yards in the passing game. Neither Gray or Vereen scored a touchdown. Blount figures to remain the team's primary ball-carrier heading into a Week 15 matchup with the Dolphins.


Patriots running backs continue to confound


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a longstanding tradition of zigging when Fantasy owners expect him to stay in a nice, predictable zag, and he did it again in Week 13 with his running backs.

Shane Vereen still played the majority of the team's snaps Sunday against the Packers, but was largely a nonfactor in the loss. He had just three carries and one reception, and was only targeted twice in the passing game overall.

LeGarrette Blount led the team in rushing for the second week in a row since signing as a free agent, however this time he didn't get the goal-line work. Blount, who scored twice the previous week, ceded a goal-line carry to little-used reserve Brandon Bolden, who scored his first touchdown of the season, while finishing with three carries for 17 yards overall.

Jonas Gray , the star of the team's Week 11 win, was back on the field after failing to touch the ball in Week 12, but had just one carry for 4 yards.

Belichick knows he can wring value out of any back he chooses, which is what makes this situation so perpetually frustrating for Fantasy owners. Any back could get work in any situation any week, but it still looks like Blount and Vereen are going to be the team's top options moving forward. Relying on anyone here on a weekly basis is frustrating, but Blount and Vereen are the only ones that are must-own players down the stretch. 


Patriots' LeGarrette Blount leads the way Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount led the way Week 13 against the Packers.

Blount carried the ball 10 times, gaining 58 yards. While he was effective, New England opted to stick with the passing game for the most part. Blount wasn't even the beneficiary of a goal line score as Brandon Bolden pushed one across the goal line from 6 yards out. 

Blount will look for more Week 14 against the Chargers.


Jonas Gray will play Week 13; share RB workload with Blount?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray will play Sunday at Green Bay a week after not seeing any game action, a source told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. 

Gray was late to the team's facilities a few days after having a breakthrough game Week 11 and was sent home that day as a result. He was active Week 12 against the Lions, but he did not see any snaps as newly signed running back LeGarrette Blount paced the rushing attack.

However, Gray is slated to have a role Week 13, but depending on how the game progresses, there could be considerable work for both players, according to La Canfora. New England wants to establish a power running presence Sunday due to the weather in Green Bay and with the playoffs looming since both backs could play a key role in the postseason.


LeGarrette Blount worth prioritizing on waivers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is highlighted as the top priority for Fantasy owners looking to add a back in Jamey Eisenberg's waiver-wire column this week.

Blount rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries with a pair of touchdowns against a tough Lions' defense in Week 12. However, he played just 21 percent of the team's snaps, and the effective Jonas Gray still lurks as a possible spoiler, depending on the whims of Bill Bellichek.

Jamey identifies Blount as a possible starting Fantasy option down the stretch, but an inconsistent workload could frustrate his Fantasy owners. 


LeGarrette Blount makes Jonas Gray an afterthought


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/23/2014) This take on both LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray comes with an important caveat: Both running backs play for the Patriots, who are coached by Bill Belichick, who has proven time and time again that he'll do whatever he wants, regardless of conventional wisdom or media pressure. So if he decides Gray has learned his lesson for showing up late to practice Friday and turns back to him as the team's primary ball carrier Week 13 at Green Bay, it would come as a surprise to no one.

But I'm certainly not counting on it.

Facing the league's No. 1 run defense, Blount was really good Week 12 against Detroit, rushing 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns only three days after signing with the Patriots. Granted, he was with them last year and knows the offense, but still, bonus points for the quick turnaround.

Belichick loved giving him the ball at the goal line last year and clearly doesn't owe Gray anything. Gray was clearly a right-place-at-the-right-time guy, getting a starter's workload in an offense where he could do no wrong only because Stevan Ridley suffered a season-ending injury. And he blew it.

Let's hold on to him one more week just to be sure, but you wouldn't want to start Gray in Week 13. And if Blount is available in your league, pick him up.


LeGarrette Blount barrels into end zone twice in Patriots debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) LeGarrette Blount barreled his way into the end zone twice in his first game back with the Patriots in his team's 34-9 victory over the Lions in Week 12.

Coach Bill Belichick benched Gray in favor of Blount on Sunday and the former Pittsburgh running back did not disappoint. Blount broke free for a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, followed by a 1-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand. He finished with a team-high 12 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns. He was not targeted in the passing game.


LeGarrette Blount will be active for Patriots on Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount will be active Sunday against the Lions, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Blount is back with the Patriots following his release from the Steelers on Tuesday.

It is unknown how much work Blount will receive, but fellow running back Jonas Gray is also expected to be active Week 12, despite being sent home from practice Friday because he showed up late to the team's facility. ESPN is reporting Gray will not start Sunday.


Report: Patriots send Jonas Gray home after arriving late


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray overslept, causing him to miss Friday's practice session, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports. According to the report, Gray didn't wake up in time for practice after his phone died. He showed up late to Gillette Stadium, but was immediately sent home by Bill Belichick.

Gray's status now appears a bit uncertain after the incident, considering the team signed LeGarrette Blount, who is familiar with Belichick's system, on Thursday.

Earlier in the season, Belichick sent star cornerback Darrelle Revis home for being late to practice during a blizzard, per the Boston Globe. Like Gray, Revis also overslept. However, Revis apologized to the team and was able to play the following week against the Bears.

Gray has texted his teammates to apologize and plans to meet with Belichick and the rest of his teammates later in the day to apologize, per the report.


Patriots' Blount, Gray expected to form 'thunder and thunder' duo


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount was not signed by Bill Belichick to replace Jonas Gray, but will likely leapfrog Brandon Bolden and James White on the depth chart to provide a powerful "thunder and thunder" duo moving forward, per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe on Friday.

According to the paper, the move was made in case Gray, who exploded for 201 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in a Week 11, becomes ineffective, or if he suffers a second ACL injury. Gray suffered a torn ACL during his senior season with Notre Dame in 2011.

When asked about his role with the club, Belichick said it will be up to Blount.

"That'll be up to him, just like everybody else," Belichick said, per WEEI. "When he gets an opportunity, how much he can take advantage of it, how much he can be productive, what he can do with those opportunities will determine how many more there are. It’s totally up to him. He’s knows that. We've talked about that. He knows that's the way it is and I think he's excited about it."

Blount rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries with the Steelers this season before getting waived by the club and reuniting with Belichick and the Patriots.


Patriots RB Gray accepting of new backfield mate Blount


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Blossoming Patriots running back Jonas Gray is not complaining that his team has signed LeGarrette Blount despite the fact that the latter will provide competition for reps.

Gray exploded for 201 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in a Week 11 defeat of Indianapolis.

"I wasn't necessarily surprised," Gray told the Boston Herald. "In this business, not a whole lot surprises me, especially given where I've come from. I just prepare the same way. It doesn't really matter who we sign or who we bring in here. I believe in Bill (Belichick) and whatever he's doing and I just come to work every day."


It's official - RB LeGarrette Blount back with Patriots


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) What was reported has been made official by the Patriots, who have announced the re-signing of running back LeGarrette Blount.

Blount, who was waived by the Steelers on Tuesday, performed brilliantly down the stretch in 2013 for New England. But he was overshadowed by Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh. He left the field early after receiving no carries in Week 11. He finishes his stint with the Steelers having gained just 266 yards on 65 carries and two touchdowns.


LeGarrette Blount set to sign two-year deal with Patriots


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Running back LeGarrette Blount is headed for a reunion with the Patriots, a league source told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Blount, who was waived by the Steelers on Tuesday, is set to sign a two-year contract with New England after clearing waivers Wednesday.

Blount was released Tuesday after he left the field early during Monday's win against the Titans. Blount had no touches in the 27-24 win. 

The fifth-year back spent the 2013 season with New England, rushing for 772 yards and a career-high seven rushing touchdowns on 153 carries.