LeGarrette Blount Fantasy News
'Mutual interest' between Patriots, Blount
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 1:31pm
ESPN Boston discusses Patriots free agent LeGarrette Blount: Mutual interest in his return. A player who seemingly has more value to the Patriots than most others, which makes us think it's a greater likelihood he's back.
It would be best for Stevan Ridley's value if Blount were to move on, but the team would like to re-sign him after he outperformed Ridley in 2013. Blount was the #19 RB over the final eight games and had an incredible 166-yard, 4-TD effort against the Colts in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
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Dolphins wish Lamar Miller ran with more physicality
Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:34am
“They’re a good complement to each other, and we like Miller’s speed and explosiveness,” the Dolphins staffer said. “Miller has the higher ceiling, but you wish he ran with a more physical [style]. And both have to improve as blockers.”
Miller is ranked #31 in John Paulsen's Never-Too-Early RB Rankings due to concerns about certainty of workload. Miller averaged 12.7 touches per game, while Thomas saw an average of 8.3 touches.
Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:49pm
Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was benched after fumbling in the first quarter last week against the Broncos and was inactive on Sunday in Houston, but Bill Belichick says he’s not trying to send Ridley a message.
Instead, Belichick says, demoting Ridley to the bottom of the depth chart is simply a matter of putting the best players on the field for the Patriots.
“If I have a message to send to somebody, I’ll just sit down and talk to them and tell them what it is,” Belichick said when asked if he’s sending a message. “I can have a conversation and do have a conversation with anybody on the team that I need to have a conversation with. That’s not a problem. There’s no sending a message. You sit down and talk to somebody man-to-man and talk about the situation so that we’re all on the same page as to whatever it happens to be and what the direction is going forward. That’s easy. There’s not sending a message. You just have a conversation with somebody. This isn’t cryptic. We’re just trying to win a football game, that’s all.”
The Patriots had a four-man running back rotation of LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen and James Develin on Sunday. None of them ran the ball well, but Vereen is clearly the most valuable of the four in terms of fantasy. Even if Ridley is active Week 14 against the Browns, it's going to be hard to trust him until we see what kind of role he has - and of course he doesn't fumble. Since it's fantasy playoffs, time is running out for Ridley owners in terms of trusting him in your lineup.
Beat: Pats will rotate their 'big back'
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 1:33pm
I think there are a few layers to consider when it comes to Stevan Ridley.
First, I'd be shocked if they released him. He is a good runner working through a ball-security issue, which is similar to what Kevin Faulk faced early in his Patriots career. We saw him overcome it, so I don't think we're at an end-of-the-road type situation with Ridley.
I'd expect to see more of a rotation with Ridley, LeGarrette Blount (also a ball-security risk) and Brandon Bolden in that big-back role. The Patriots are deep at the position with those three, plus Shane Vereen, so I don't see any personnel additions.
Beat writer Mike Reiss said the days of Ridley seeing half the snaps are likely over, at least for the short term. It's unfortunately because Ridley has run well before fumbling and getting benched. For at least this week, Ridley can't be trusted in your lineup in what is likely an important game with playoff implications. In fact, of all the NE backs, Vereen is probably the only safe play here - at least until we see how this week vs. Houston plays out.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 10:45am
Running back Stevan Ridley lost a fumble for the third consecutive game tonight, and this one ended his shift.
Ridley, who has lost four fumbles this season, was beside himself after the game, but he made sure to also praise his teammates for overcoming the mistakes that led to a 24-0 deficit.
“First of all, this night is about the team and how we pulled it out,” Ridley said. “We fought back, being down 24. For me, it’s almost disgusting -- consecutive weeks, and personally as a player, my team deserves better. I come in. I work and bust my ass every day to come in here and not make the same mistakes. To have the same mistakes happen, there’s something I’ve got to do different, I’ve got to do better.
“As a competitor, all I can do is come in here and keep working. I’m not settling for anything less, and I’ve got to be there for my team when they call me. For me, I’m not going to focus on what I did or didn’t do. I’m just happy that we were able to come through and get this win tonight. That said a lot about this team and how hard we fought.”
LeGarrette Blount took over but also fumbled which turned the workload over to Brandon Bolden, who was inactive last week, but looked pretty good and scored a TD. Outside of pass-catching Shane Vereen, the Pats RB situation is pretty muddy right now. At this point, you almost have to let this sort itself out and not play Ridley in Week 13 against the Texans.
Shane Vereen returns to practice
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 11:25am
Stevan Ridley returns to practice
Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 11:30am
There's no word about his participation level at this point, but we'll know more later. It's a good sign that he'll be ready to play against the Saints. LeGarrette Blount fumbled in Week 5, so don't be surprised if Ridley gets a big workload with Brandon Bolden acting as the passing down back.
Stevan Ridley (knee/thigh) OUT for Week 5
Friday, October 4, 2013, 7:08pm
Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is officially out for Sunday's tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals. Ridley was not on the field for Friday's practice, according to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. The team's starting running back hasn't participated all week because of knee and thigh injuries.
This means LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden (who is dealing with a knee injury of his own) will pick up most of the slack. Blount looks like he'll see the bigger bump, as he plays a similar role -- between the tackles grinder -- as Ridley. Combined, Ridley and Blount have averaged 20.3 carries this season, so don't be surprised if Blount sees 18-22 totes against a Bengals defense that is #23 in RB aFPA. Bolden has additional value in PPR formats, but we'd still lean Blount if given the choice in PPR. We'd be more bullish on Bolden if not for the knee injury, which he re-aggravated against the Falcons on Sunday night. He's still a decent RB3/flex start, especially in PPR.