Sony Michel, Dion Lewis, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, Damien Harris, Brandon Bolden, James White, heck, even Cordarrelle Patterson: The New England Patriots have cycled through plenty of starting running backs since LeGarrette Blount left after the 2016 season.
He doesn’t think any of them have quite replaced him.
During an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show this week, Blount discussed the current market for running backs in the NFL and commented on how two teams gave up on him late in his career.
“To this day I don’t think the Eagles have been able to replace me and to this day I don’t think the Patriots have been able to replace me,” Blount said.
Blount last played for the Patriots in 2016, when led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns and helped keep the offense moving during Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. Blount’s 1,161-yard campaign was also the last time a Patriots running back has rushed for 1,000 yards in a season.
2017: Dion Lewis – 896 yards, 6 TDs
2018: Sony Michel – 931 yards, 7 TDs
2019: Sony Michel: 912 yards, 7 TDs
Since 2016, the Patriots have used a number of different running backs. None have managed to hold on to a consistent role out of the backfield like Blount did during his two separate stints with the team. Michel has come the closest. However, the 2018 first-round pick has not quite met the expectations that were raised…