In listing some of the initial things to watch for with the New England Patriots' offense on Monday, the status of running back LeGarrette Blount was highlighted.
Blount had a season-ending hip injury last December.
With quarterbacks, rehabbing players and rookies already reporting to training camp, we now have more clarity on the status of Blount. Thanks to a training camp preview video from Patriots.com, which showed parts of Monday's practice, it is confirmed that Blount passed his initial medical tests at training camp and is cleared to practice.
We had a good idea of this yesterday as well, when the Pats announced who was starting camp on the PUP list and Blount's name wasn't listed. Blount will probably be the "2" in a 1-2 punch with Dion Lewis. In the six games in which they both played, Lewis averaged 11.0 touches (5.3 rec) for 84 yards and 0.66 TD, which extrapolates to high-end RB1 numbers both PPR and standard formats. Meanwhile, Blount averaged 16.3 touches for 80 yards (4.74 YPC) and 1.0 TD in the six games that Lewis also played. Blount slipped down the stretch, averaging 13.4 carries for 51 yards (3.61 YPC) and 0.20 TD in his final five games with Lewis sidelined. James White, Donald Brown and Brandon Bolden figure to compete, but this is shaping up to be a Lewis/Blount backfield.