LeGarrette Blount's value within the Patriots organization is something that has been debated by fans for quite awhile now. He's been the team's primary ball carrier for the better part of three years, but the fanbase is divided as to whether or not he is a guy who brings something to the table, or is merely an average running back.
For his career, Blount has rushed for 4,259 yards and 35 touchdowns with a 4.5 yards per carry average. He has had a couple of signature playoff games against the Indianapolis Colts, and seems to show up for the big games, but Blount has been terribly inconsistent for the entirety of his career.
But, for as streaky as he's been, Blount has been an instrumental part of the Patriot offense for several years. Most running backs under Bill Belichick play for a year, maybe two, and are on their way. But at 29-years-old and a few years in the organization, Blount is still running as strong as ever.
No matter how pass-heavy an offense is, and the Patriots are as pass-happy as they come, you need a running back who can take a handoff for 3-4 yards to change the pace and keep the defense honest. That's exactly what Blount does for New England. The big, bruising 250 pound back runs it up the middle for decent yardage over and over again, eventually wearing down a defense and breaking off some big-yardage runs.
The way Blount runs reminds me of a lesser Marshawn Lynch. He's a big back who runs with power and also has the speed to break off a big play. He's not going to take a toss around the left side and make guys miss, but hand it to him, let him wear down on the defense 3-4 yards at a time, and the big run will come.
The idea that LeGarrette Blount isn't an impact running back is laughable. Is he an elite back? No, but when you need to rely on him, he almost always comes through. He's having a great 2016 season so far, and with the threat that is Tom Brady returning soon, those running lanes will only get bigger.