The Los Angeles Rams had no chance of beating the New England Patriots on Sunday with or without Jeff Fisher being more familiar with his opponent, but that didn’t stop LeGarrette Blount from rubbing Fisher’s nose in it.
After he carried the ball 18 times for 88 yards and a touchdown in his team’s 26-10 win, Blount took a swipe at Fisher over the coach not knowing the personnel in New England’s backfield.
During the week leading up to the game, Fisher praised Blount and spoke about how he signed him as an undrafted free agent back when Fisher was still coaching the Tennessee Titans. For that reason, Fisher is familiar with Blount. However, the Rams coach mentioned two people named Danny and Brandon when speaking about the rest of the Patriots’ running backs. Who the heck are they?
Danny Amendola is a wide receiver, though the Rams insist he was one of the people Fisher was referring to. Brandon Bolden is primarily a special teamer who has just one carry on the season. Most people think Fisher was referring to Danny Woodhead, who played for the Patriots four years ago and did his part to mock Fisher with this tweet.
The NFL will have another reason to examine the play of Vontaze Burfict in Cincinnati’s game against New England on Sunday.
In addition to committing a low hit against Pats tight end Martellus Bennett, another dirty play by Burfict is being examined. In this one, the Bengals linebacker was seen stepping on LeGarrette Blount after a touchdown:
Video: From coaches film (courtesy NFL), watch Vontaze Burfict (55) deliberately step on Blount's leg after TD. pic.twitter.com/wtTPqy3XHP
Burfict has long been viewed as a dirty player, and this is exactly why. The man seems to deliberately inflict pain on his opponents beyond what is reasonable for plays on the field. Here’s a look at his hit on Bennett, for which he apologized.
A bruising power runner, the 29-year-old Blount rushed for 703 yards and six touchdowns before going down with a hip injury in December. Rapoport reported last month that Blount was fully healthy, which could mean that he will be in line for a bigger role in the Pats’ backfield next season given the uncertainty surrounding starter Dion Lewis’ recovery from a torn ACL.
Blount will still have to contend for touches with the likes of James White and Brandon Bolden. But his versatility to take on either lead or change-of-pace duties where necessary should make his return worthwhile for the Patriots.
Blount left the game in the first half and was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. However, he was spotted walking around on Tuesday with the help of crutches. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the Patriots are still trying to determine if Blount will be able to play in the postseason.
Pats still gathering info on LeGarrette Blount. It may still be possible he could be back at some point in playoffs. Timetable still unclear
Losing Blount is another significant blow to a New England offense that has dealt with numerous injuries throughout the course of the season. Dion Lewis, who had emerged as the Patriots’ best backfield player, is already done for the year with a torn ACL. Julian Edelman is likely out until the playoffs. Fortunately the Patriots got Rob Gronkowski back after just one week without him.
The Patriots are left incredibly thin at running back and without their best power runner. Brandon Bolden and James White, who have just 51 rushing attempts between them this season, will likely carry the load down the stretch.
Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount left Sunday’s game against the Texans with a hip injury, and it could be more serious than it initially looked.
According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Blount was spotted walking around on crutches at the team facility on Tuesday. The veteran was injured during the second quarter of his team’s win over Houston and later walked to the locker room under his own power.
Reiss’ co-worker Ed Werder added that he has been told Blount could miss some time.
The Patriots control their own destiny for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a one-game lead over the 10-3 Bengals and 10-3 Broncos, who still have to play each other. However, New England is already very thin at running back with Dion Lewis having gone down earlier in the year with a torn ACL. James White has just 16 rushing attempts this season and Brandon Bolden has carried the ball 35 times.
Blount was crucial to the Patriots’ success in the postseason last year en route to a championship, so they will want him back as quickly as possible with just three weeks remaining in the regular season.
During this year’s AFC Championship Game, LeGarrette Blount carried the ball 30 times and racked up 148 yards with three touchdowns against the Colts. In the divisional round matchup between the Patriots and Colts in 2014, Blount ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns.
It’s safe to say Blount has enjoyed some success against the Colts in recent meetings. So, it can’t be all that surprising he was asked during the week if another big game was in the cards for Sunday. Among those who didn’t ask, were Blount’s friends and family.
Asked Blount this wk if friends & family were texting him about having another big game against Indy: "No, they already know" #Patriots
The final totals weren’t as high as the two mentioned playoff games, but Blount did have 93 yards rushing on 16 carries. He also scored twice, including the first receiving touchdown of his NFL career. It’s getting to the point where we should expect a good game from Blount when he faces the Colts, more often than not. His friends and family certainly do.
If Tom Brady ends up having to serve his four-game suspension, the New England Patriots will likely need to lean heavily on their running game in the early part of the season. Unless LeGarrette Blount can get himself into shape, he won’t be much help.
Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports that Blount failed his conditioning test at the first day of training camp on Wednesday. The veteran back was was asked to run 20 sprints of 50 yards in under eight seconds each, and he was only able to do 12 of them. As a result, Blount has been placed on the non-football injury list.
It’d be one thing if he just barely failed, but it doesn’t sound like Blount was close to passing if he gave up with eight sprints remaining. Perhaps the 28-year-old has been slacking this offseason since he is suspended for Week 1 as a result of his role in this incident with former teammate Le’Veon Bell last summer.
The Patriots leaned on Blount heavily last season against specific opponents, most notably when he ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game. He was the favorite to win the starting job heading into 2015 before he showed up with cement in his cleats.
Well sheesh, Bolden, you don’t need to flog yourself for it. We all get it — when you’re in your environment and among your fans, you act much differently than you do when you’re speaking to the media. We don’t hold things against you the same way when it’s said at a parade or rally. The apology was unnecessary.
As if it weren’t already bad enough that the Seahawks took a major punch to the gut with the way they lost the Super Bowl, now the Patriots are kicking them while they’re down.
The Pats had their championship parade on Wednesday (cue the duck boats) and some players were seen holding up “B-tch Mode” T-shirts as a shot at Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch’s nickname and catch phrase is “Beast Mode,” so leave it up to his rivals LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden to hold up the shirts.
That’s awfully ballsy of Blount, especially considering he spent less than half a season with the Pats. But he did play pretty darn well in his limited time with them. And as we’ve seen in the past, Blount LOVES getting into it with Seahawks players, so this should come as no surprise.
LeGarrette Blount enjoyed his first game with his new team, and he made sure to remind his old squad of his new success.
Blount was claimed by the Patriots this week, days after the Pittsburgh Steelers cut him over his attitude problems. In his first game with the Pats, Blount scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to give his team a 14-6 lead over the Lions. Blount wasted no time becoming the team’s leading rusher in the game, too.
After scoring the TD, Blount did the Antonio Brown touchdown celebration, which was a nod to his former teammate, who has been one of the top receivers in the league.
Blount said after the game that the celebration was done in love:
Blount says his @AntonioBrown84 dance was "to my homey. He's always going to be a lifelong friend.That was a tribute to him."