LeGarrette Blount
LeGarrette Blount
31-Year-Old Running BackRB
Detroit Lions
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A true nomad, Blount heads to Detroit after suiting up for three teams the last four seasons. He wasn't able to repeat the career-high 1,161 rushing yards and 18 TDs he totaled for New England in 2016, but his 2017 season with the Eagles was far from a disappointment given his strong efforts on the road to the Super Bowl, and his mark of 4.4 YPC in the regular season was his highest figure since 2013. The 31-year-old has nothing to offer in the passing game, but his brutish running style and 250-pound frame make him difficult for defenders to bring down solo - or even in a pack of two or three - if Blount has a head of steam. He could be an awkward fit alongside Matthew Stafford and Theo Riddick in the Lions' pass-happy offense, but Blount's seen 43 carries inside the 5-yard line the last three seasons, and at the very least he'll provide the team with a goal-line option it hasn't had in a long time. The Lions did use a second-round pick on Kerryon Johnson, who will push Blount for carries. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Lions in March of 2018.
Musters one yard against Panthers
RBDetroit Lions
November 18, 2018
Blount rushed seven times for one yard during Sunday's 20-19 victory over Carolina.
ANALYSIS
Blount's lack of explosiveness was on full display once again, and it again reflected in his stat line. While the veteran could be in store for a much larger workload in the immediate future if Kerryon Johnson's knee injury forces the rookie to miss time, Blount no longer seems to have the skill set to be consistently productive in non-ideal circumstances. Regardless of Johnson's status, Blount will be especially hard to trust for fantasy purposes during a daunting matchup against the Bears in Week 12.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do LeGarrette Blount's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
4.8%
 
Positive Run %
69.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
74.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.8
 
Rushing TD %
3.8%
 
Touches Per Game
8.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
55.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-1.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.08
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.5%
 
% Team Targets
1.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.2
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Bears pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Thursday, Nov 22nd at 12:30PM
Overall QB Rating Against
64.1
 
Cornerbacks
69.0
 
Safeties
33.7
 
Linebackers
79.1
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do LeGarrette Blount's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
247 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.70 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.49 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.85 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.0 in
 
Broad Jump
117 in
 
Bench Press
18 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.50 in
 
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Blount may be a one-dimensional player, but he is very good at what he does. The 6-0, 250-pound power back paced the league last season with 18 rushing touchdowns (equalling his total from the previous three seasons combined) thanks to a heavy volume in the red zone, leading the league in carries inside the 20 and inside the five. He also got far more total touches than expected, with his 299 carries ranking second in the league to Ezekiel Elliott, which resulted in a career high in rushing yards despite a sub-4.0 YPC. Blount hasn't seen more than 12 targets in a season since 2011, but he doesn't need them to provide fantasy value. Now 30 years old and coming up fast on 1,200 career carries, he'll have a hard time approaching last year's numbers after signing with the Eagles.
There's nothing fancy about Blount's game — it's just straight ahead power, here I come, try to stop it. The Patriots have been good to Blount's bottom line, affording him 24 touchdowns in 38 career games (playoffs included). In Blount's other NFL stops, he has just 15 touchdowns in 51 games. (He's also fumbled far less in New England than he did in Tampa Bay, but we're not touching that one. Go ask Roger Goodell what he thinks.) To be fair, there are things Blount cannot do. He has just 12 catches in his New England career, and he was disappointing — perhaps miscast — as a temporary feature back after Dion Lewis was injured last year. But the Pats re-signed Blount to a one-year contract in April, and they didn't go after any running backs in the draft. That tells you how the team feels about him. Mash it all together and Blount makes for a reasonable depth play, though a low-upside one. Even if injuries rained down on other players, it's doubtful the Patriots would want to make him a significant part of the offense. But they know what to do around the goal line.
Following a solid season for New England in 2013, Blount joined the Steelers last year as Le'Veon Bell's backup. He lasted only 11 weeks, though, after walking out on the team in the aftermath of a game in which he failed to receive a single touch. The Patriots welcomed Blount back, and while he didn't make much of an impact in the regular season, another huge performance against the Colts in the playoffs ensured he'd be returning to Foxboro this season. A 6-0, 250-pound load out of the backfield, Blount isn't going to outrun many people, but his tremendous power and surprising balance and agility make him extremely difficult to tackle once he gets a head of steam. He doesn't offer much as a receiver, but as a back who can chew up yardage and wear down the defense, Blount has his uses. The Patriots parted ways with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, reducing Blount's competition for touches, but he is suspended the first game of the season due to a substance-abuse policy violation.
A tractor trailer of a back at 6-foot, 250, Blount – at his best – has deceptively good speed and is extraordinarily difficult to bring down, as evidenced by his top-five finish in yards after contact last year. Used inconsistently for much of the regular season, he exploded in Weeks 16 and 17, rushing a combined 40 times for 265 yards and four touchdowns, then proceeded to shock the world with a 166-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Colts in the playoffs. That work was good enough to earn Blount a two-year deal with the Steelers, where he'll serve as the backup to young workhorse (and very similarly sized) Le'Veon Bell. It's an odd position for Blount, as Bell is perfectly capable of handling goal-line carries, while rookie Dri Archer is a far better fit for passing-down work than Blount. He's not only a stone-handed receiver, but also has averaged approximately one fumble per 48 carries in his career – a dangerous rate. More than likely, Blount is nothing more than an insurance policy for Bell, meaning he won't even see the kind of 150-carry workload he enjoyed last year unless the injury bug strikes.
At 6-0, 247, Blount is a heavy load, who has uncanny speed for his size. That said, he's struggled the last two seasons and lost his job in Tampa Bay to Doug Martin. A trade to the Patriots in April gives Blount a fresh start on a strong offensive team, but it's a heavily crowded backfield in New England with Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Leon Washington and fellow bruiser Brandon Bolden also in the mix. Ideally, Blount could carve out a short-yardage and goal-line role with the Pats, but he'll need to look good this preseason in order to make the team's final roster.
Blount was one of fantasy football’s biggest busts last season, and injuries couldn’t be blamed. He’s still a beast with the ball in his hands and possesses one of the best hurdles in the NFL with a nice combination of speed and power. Few backs in the league are tougher to bring down in the open field. However, Blount is poor in pass protection and lacks discipline, committing too many penalties, and he also fumbled five times on a modest 184 carries. Despite being 6-0, 247, this lack of ball security likely led to him receiving just two goal-line carries (he converted both). There’s an entirely new coaching staff in Tampa Bay, and it traded up to select Doug Martin, whom it views as a “complete back,” in the first round. The rookie is expected to start immediately. There were 32 backs who were given more snaps than Blount last season, and that was before Martin was added to the roster.
Blount went from undrafted rookie to one of the better running backs in the NFL last season, and few saw it coming. He would have been drafted, and maybe even within the first few rounds, had he not been suspended during his senior season at Oregon for punching an opposing player following a season-opening loss, so it wasn’t a question of talent. Blount led the NFL in broken tackles as a runner with 50, which is a remarkable feat considering his 201 carries ranked just 22nd. His 3.7 YPC after contact also was the best in football. Blount doesn’t come without fleas, however, as he’s shown nothing as a receiver and despite his big build (6-0, 247), his coaches lost trust in him in short-yardage situations, and the stats backed them up (Blount was just 2-for-9 at the goal line). Blount is unlikely to start racking up catches, so securing the role at the goal line will be crucial to his fantasy value. There’s no reason he can’t succeed there given his physical attributes as he already possesses the best hurdle in the NFL, and while some question his speed, his three carries for 40-plus yards and 10 carries for 20-plus yards last season both equaled Jamaal Charles’ output. QB Josh Freeman and WR Mike Williams look like stars in the making, so this Bucs’ offense could soon be dangerous. With his ability to break tackles, Blount’s numbers could be scary good if Tampa Bay’s poor offensive line improves.
Blount is one of many backup running backs who could be fighting for the few carries Chris Johnson will not see, but may only see time on special teams in 2010.
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Shut down in Chicago
RBDetroit Lions
November 11, 2018
Blount carried six times for four yards during Sunday's 34-22 loss to Chicago.
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Cleared for Week 10
RBDetroit Lions
November 9, 2018
Blount (knee) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game in Chicago.
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Limited for second straight day
RBDetroit Lions
Knee
November 8, 2018
Blount (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
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Limited by knee issue
RBDetroit Lions
Knee
November 7, 2018
Blount was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a knee issue, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
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Ineffective against Vikings
RBDetroit Lions
November 4, 2018
Blount produced eight yards on five carries and two yards on his only reception during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Vikings.
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