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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:28:23 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was active and saw the field for 17 offensive snaps in the team's Week 14 game against the Cleveland Browns. He was used in a committee running back approach that included RBs Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount.
Fantasy Tip: Ridley was the third back up in the rotation because his ball-security issues have put him in the doghouse. It's good to see him back, but Vereen is clearly the most valuable runner in this backfield, especially in PPR leagues. Ridley is a risky start moving forward.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:38:46 -0800
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen received the most snaps among the running backs Week 13 with 41 snaps and was used in several different formations. RB LeGarrette Blount played 20 snaps during the game while Brandon Bolden was on the field for nine offensive snaps.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 08:30:49 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley has been declared inactive for the team's Week 13 game.
Fantasy Tip: Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount will be handling the reps at running back with Ridley out. Vereen should still be started in all leagues. Bolden and Blount could be flex options for desperate owners.
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:47:57 -0800
New England Patriots RBs Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount each lost fumbles in the first half of the Week 12 game against the Denver Broncos, and they did not return to the field to finish up the first half.
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:05:11 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley only played on six snaps after his lost fumble in the second quarter in Week 11. RB LeGarrette Blount played on 19 snaps.
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:17:53 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Fantasy Tip: It's great news for Ridley owners that he's already practicing this week after sitting out in Week 5; he didn't practice at all last week. However, if he plays, he may be limited, and the Pats will likely continue to give Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount touches. Ridley is probably a flex play, at best, against the New Orleans Saints.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:52:50 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5.
Fantasy Tip: With Ridley out, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden likely will receive increased snaps on offense. Blount should be considered a No. 3 running back or a flex option in most leagues because he likely will get a majority of the carries. Bolden could be a flex option in deeper leagues if he plays.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 07:28:53 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is out of practice Friday, Oct. 4.
Fantasy Tip: He could still play in Week 5, but it's not looking good. LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden should share the workload against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend if Ridley doesn't play. Grab them off the waiver wire now, especially if you own Ridley.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:48:51 -0700
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (knee) made his regular season debut in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he played more than 25 snaps. He was used in a three-man rotation at tailback with RBs LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley. Blount led the team with 65 yards on 14 carries, while Bolden exploded for 51 yards on three totes, while adding five receptions and 49 yards. Ridley did little, going for just 35 yards in 11 runs.
Fantasy Tip: The situation was difficult enough to figure out before Bolden's arrival, but now fantasy owners have three RBs to sift through on the New England depth chart.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:40:45 -0700
The New England Patriots are expected to lean heavily on RB Stevan Ridley without RB Shane Vereen (wrist) in Week 2 against the New York Jets Thursday, Sept. 12. RBs Brandon Bolden (knee) and Leon Washington (thigh) are banged up, and RB LeGarrette Blount did very little with only seven carries in Week 1. Following each of the games that Ridley fumbled last year, he averaged 17.75 carries per game the following game.
Fantasy Tip: Vereen's injury is the best thing that could have happened for Ridley owners. If it weren't for that, Ridley could have taken a back seat to Vereen once again in Week 2. Expect a much different workload for Ridley this week against the Jets.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:37:05 -0700
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (knee) was inactive in Week 1 due to a knee injury, but he could be a top candidate to replace RB Shane Vereen (wrist) as the team's "passing back." RB Leon Washington is the potential next man up with RB LeGarrette Blount not being a realistic option for the passing game.
Fantasy Tip: Bolden should be your first target over Blount because of Bolden's ability to catch passes. The upside for Bolden is much greater, as well, but how much he plays in Week 2 this Thursday night against the New York Jets will depend on his knee injury.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:35:55 -0700
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (wrist) will miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on the broken wrist he suffered Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: Ridley should be expected to return to the lead back role after losing touches to Vereen in Week 1. After that, Brandon Bolden is more attractive over LeGarrette Blount because of his upside.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:07:25 -0700
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels indicated the team has not decided what RB Stevan Ridley's role will be after he fumbled Week 1. "Stevan's got to do a better job of holding on to the football," McDaniels said. "He knows that. And we'll work hard with him on that."
Fantasy Tip: Even though he was benched Week 1, Ridley probably will receive a majority of the carries against the Jets in Week 2 because of Shane Vereen's injury. Ridley should be a solid No. 2 running back this week. Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount should also receive some playing time Week 2 but likely should not be in any fantasy starting lineups.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:50:32 -0700
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (wrist) will miss a few weeks after suffering a broken bone in his wrist in Week 1. He will undergo surgery Monday, Sept. 9.
Fantasy Tip: Vereen was impressive against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, receiving more carries than an ineffective Stevan Ridley. This is good news for Ridley owners, at least over the next few weeks. LeGarrette Blount will back up Ridley for the time being.
Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:52:36 -0700
New England Patriots RB Leon Washington could be on the roster bubble because he has only been on the field for three of the team's 10 kick returns during the preseason. RB LeGarrette Blount returned kicks in the third preseason, and WR Josh Boyce has also been used as a returner.
Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:17:22 -0700
New England Patriots FB James Develin received some carries in third-and-short situations during the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 16, and his ability in short-yardage situations could make RB LeGarrette Blount expendable. Head coach Bill Belichick said Develin has performed well during training camp.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:39:49 -0700
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount reportedly looked energized and quicker than in offseason work on the first day of camp Friday, July 26.
Fantasy Tip: Blount arrived to camp in great shape, and he could be a fantasy factor in New England this season, although the backfield is crowded at the moment. If he can win the goal-line job, for example, touchdowns could be plentiful in New England's still high-octane offense.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:55:11 -0700
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount could make the final roster if he becomes a dependable short-yardage back during training camp.
Sun, 05 May 2013 08:21:20 -0700
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount has agreed to reduce his salary to $630,000 this season. He was scheduled to make $1.2 million before restructuring his contract.
Sat, 04 May 2013 10:31:27 -0700
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he believes the team got good value when they acquired RB LeGarrette Blount. "With LeGarrette, he's been a productive player. He didn't play as much last year with the emergence of [Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin] down there, so I can certainly understand that Tampa was in. We felt like he was a talented guy that we wanted to have on our team," Belichick said.
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 20:48:44 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is projected as the starting two-down running back, with RB Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount challenging for the top spot. RB Shane Vereen is projected as the team's third-down back, with newcomer RB Leon Washington challenging for the job.
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:08:12 -0700
The New England Patriots have acquired RB LeGarrette Blount from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for RB Jeff Demps and a seventh-round draft choice.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:39:33 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still looking to trade RB LeGarrette Blount. Several teams have shown interest in Blount and a trade could occur during the 2013 NFL Draft.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:02:29 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could consider releasing RB LeGarrette Blount if they add another running back in free agency or the 2013 NFL Draft. The team has been trying to trade Blount after signing him to a one-year contract.
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 10:51:52 -0800
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to trade RB LeGarrette Blount this offseason even though he signed a one-year deal. The Buccaneers could receive a mid-round pick in a trade for Blount.
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 07:00:05 -0800
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million. The deal includes a $1.25 million base salary, $350,000 reporting bonus and $150,000 workout bonus.
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:24:34 -0800
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considering putting a first round tender on RB LeGarrette Blount. If they did tender Blount, he would make $2.879 million in 2013 if he did not sign an extension. General manager Mark Dominik does not want to leave himself short at the running back position in the event of injury.
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 10:20:56 -0800
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers likely will not take a running back in the early or middle rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft unless they do not bring restricted free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount back next season.
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 18:25:14 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount could be a candidate to be traded before the trade deadline.
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:36:39 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount may have lost his job as the club's goal-line back after failing to punch it in three times from the one-yard line in the team's Week 7 loss to the New Orleans Saints. RB Doug Martin may be used in those situations moving forward.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:36:20 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a different approach in their Week 6 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, going with a pass-first approach. "When they're throwing eight (defenders) in the box because they think their corners can cover, we have to make big plays so they can start taking people out the box and we can run the ball," WR Mike Williams said. "That's basically what they did yesterday. They put eight in the box and put pressure on their corners. Then, in the second half, they went back to back to the two-high (safeties) and the running game opened. We like that, too." RBs Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount combined for 97 yards in the second half.
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:17:02 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount has been performing well in practice, which could his bid to see more carries on gameday. "I think LeGarrette has practiced better the last couple weeks," head coach Greg Schiano said. "I think when you prepare better you play better." Schiano thinks both Blount and RB Doug Martin can play off each other successfully because they have different running styles and body types.
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:17:06 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount had six carries for just 17 yards in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins, but he was able to find the end zone.
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:13:00 -0700
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said Friday, Sept. 28, that he thinks RB LeGarrette Blount needs more carries, and he might get them in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins.
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:02:45 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said the running game is not where he wants it to be, and that may result in RB LeGarrette Blount getting more carries, resulting in more of a 1-2 punch with RB Doug Martin.
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:05:32 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said that LeGarrette Blount is still No. 2 on the team's depth chart Thursday, Sept. 20.
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:19:16 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount was active in Week 2 against the New York Giants, and he got into the game, but he did not have any carries or receptions.
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:19:32 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Arrelious Benn (knee), RB LeGarrette Blount (neck) and OG Carl Nicks (toe) all fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, and are probable for the team's Week 2 game.
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:50:07 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Arrelious Benn (knee), RB LeGarrette Blount (neck), and CB Anthony Gaitor (hamstring) all fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:37:53 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount (neck) sustained a stinger in Week 1, according to general manager Mark Dominik. Blount was cleared by a specialist to return to the practice field Thursday, Sept. 13.
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:28:11 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:01:41 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount (neck, back) will not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12, and is undergoing an MRI on his neck and back after suffering an injury in Week 1. "I can categorically confirm it has nothing to do with concussions whatsoever. So, there's nothing there," general manager Mark Dominik said. "In order to make sure the information is correct and that we're getting out the right information, there's nothing concussion-related with LeGarrette Blount. However, we're going to do our due diligence on our players to make sure player safety is No. 1, the most important thing."
Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:29:06 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount (leg) left the game in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers with a leg injury and never returned to the game. He finished with only three carries and one catch in the contest. However, head coach Greg Schiano said Blount could have returned to the game. "LeGarrette could have gone back in the game," Schiano said. "So, let me make that clear. I don't know if we're all certain on what's ailing LeGarrette. He came out of the game and we thought it was his leg. We're not sure. … I think he's okay."
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 22:48:45 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount carried three times for just eight yards in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, and he added one catch for just two yards.
Fantasy Tip: Blount is No. 2 on the depth chart behind rookie RB Doug Martin, and he isn't worth using in most fantasy leagues going forward unless the first-year player suffers some sort of long-term injury.
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:37:17 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said that carries between RBs Doug Martin, LeGarrette Blount and Danny Ware will be split based on a "feeling."
Fantasy Tip: Not exactly a ringing endorsement for any of the three options. While it is expected that Martin will get the bulk of the carries, monitor the situation early in the season to see exactly how carries will be divided between the three.
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:00:11 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said he believes RB LeGarrette Blount will be a good complement to RB Doug Martin. Blount said his running style and size is a complement to Martin.
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:47:03 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount is expected to spell RB Doug Martin early in games when the rookie needs a breather, and he might possibly work in the fourth quarter as a finisher when the Buccaneers are leading games.
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:12:07 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said that RB LeGarrette Blount could win back the starting running back job if he outperforms RB Doug Martin. "We don't hand out jobs and sign them over," Schiano said.
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 06:03:05 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano indicated RB Doug Martin has overtaken RB LeGarrette Blount for the team's starting running back job. Martin moved into the starting lineup Friday, Aug. 24, and he won't be replaced any time soon. Schiano has been impressed with Martin's ability to play three downs. "That's why he moved in and started the game; because he has shown me that much," Schiano said. "And I don't think he did anything (Friday) night that would say, 'Oh, that wasn't a good move.' I thought he ran the ball well and did some things well. So right now, he's got to continue on that course. He's learning every day. And he's a very open-minded guy. He wants to learn."
Fantasy Tip: With Martin now expected to open the season as the starter, he should be regarded as a solid RB2 or flex option for owners.
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:28:09 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount (groin) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 20.