The New England Patriots have been stockpiling running backs this offseason like they come at a buy-one-get-one price. Unfortunately, at least for LeGarrette Blount, he does not appear to be part of the team’s plans going forward. Despite his huge 2016 campaign in which he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns en route to helping the Pats win their fifth Super Bowl championship, it appears as if Blount’s time in New England has come to an end.
After New England signed Rex Burkhead earlier and was awarded Mike Gillislee on Monday after the Buffalo Bills decided against matching his contract offer, Blount will most likely be playing in a new backfield in 2017. The question is, where will the touchdown machine from a year ago wind up this coming season?
Rumor as it that there may be mutual interest between Blount and the New York Giants. On the surface, it sounds great. New York has moved on from Rashad Jennings, but the team does need a power back to complement Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen. Blount would appear to be a great fit for an offense that has already upgraded its personnel with the addition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall. When you look at the scheme, however, Blount may simply not be the answer for the G-Men.
Eli Manning and the Giants love to operate in the shotgun formation and split out Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shephard to go along with Marshall. Blount is a bruiser. He is a straight downhill, smashmouth runner. Working alongside Manning instead of behind him is far from ideal. Although, if Blount would come at the right price, especially if the Giants do not select that sort of running back in the 2017 NFL Draft, then we have seen that anything is possible in the NFL.
Just ask Adrian Peterson and the New Orleans Saints.