LeGarrette Blount – 2014
stats while on the Patriots
- Two-time Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI)
- NFL rushing touchdowns leader in 2016
- 49 regular season games – 677 carries for 2,917 yards, 34 TD | 19 rec, 137 yards, TD
- 8 postseason games – 111 carries for 470 yards, 8 TD
Originally traded to the Patriots in 2013 from the Bucs, LeGarrette Blount left the team the following season to join the Steelers. It was a huge loss for New England’s offense. But if you believe in fate, things in Pittsburgh didn’t last long, allowing Belichick to bring back Blount on a two-year deal midseason in 2014.
Blount’s return couldn’t have happened at a better time, as the Patriots were currently in the midst of the second leg of their dynasty and on track to win another three Super Bowls.
In his first full season back in Foxboro in 2015, he immediately assimilated into the offense as if he had never been gone from the team, totaling 165 carries for 703 yards and six touchdowns. He set records in the playoffs with his performance against the Colts in the AFC Championship, totaling 30 rushes for 148 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the Patriots’ franchise leader in postseason rushing touchdowns with seven scores.
But the best was yet to come.
The 2016 season is, without a doubt, his most memorable due to his record-breaking performance. He finished the season with 299 carries for 1,161 yards and a league-high 18 touchdowns, making him the first player in franchise history to lead the league in scores.
Blount’s durability and unreal power on the ground became a staple of the Patriots’ offense in his return to the team. He was a significant part of many wins that helped the team further their chances at winning championship games, and it was hard to see him sign elsewhere in 2017.