Despite the excellent performance of Jonas Gray against the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots have decided to add another running back to their roster. They have brought back a man who served them well last season, LaGarrette Blount. He returns from the Pittsburgh Steelers, who let him go after personal and team bonding issues.
Blount’s time in Pittsburgh did not end amicably. The player was reportedly said to be furious at the fact that he did not get a single carry in their last NFL game. He did not even stay in the stadium to watch the rest of his team’s game.
Despite Blount’s lack of action for the Steelers, Bill Belichick must be confident that he can get good performances out of him. The Patriots used Blount to great effect in the second half of last season, according to longtime fan Sam Tabar. He was a key part of the offense that got all the way to the AFC Championship game.
There is slight surprise that Bill Belichick brought back Blount, especially after his reported behavior problems with the Steelers. But if there is one coach that can get players on the right track, it is the Patriots trainer. They will be hoping that Blount can form a good duo with Jonas Gray.
One of the reasons Blount works so well for the Patriots is his physicality. They have plenty of good running backs, but no one with that kind of brute force.