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Patriots Get Blount From Bucs

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LaGarrette Blount will join a crowded New England backfield. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.
LaGarrette Blount will join a crowded New England backfield. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.

The New England Patriots have traded a seventh round draft pick in the 2013 draft and running back Jeff Demps to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for running back LaGarrette Blount. 

Blount went undrafted in 2010 and after spending training camp with the Tennessee Titans, found a home with the Bucs. Blount’s rookie year was his best. He rushed for 1,007 yards on 201 carries for a five-yard average and six TDs. He followed that up with 781 yards and five TDs in 2011 before falling out of favor with the coaching staff in 2012 when he only had 41 rushing attempts for 151 yards. 

With Blount, the Patriots get a bigger back who could remind fans of Corey Dillon with his bruising, between the tackles style of running. It’s unknown how the Patriots will use Blount in their offense or if he’ll even make the roster.  

Blount joins a crowded backfield that includes Stevan Ridley (1,263 yards, 12 TDs in 2012), Shane Vereen (who will most likely replace Danny Woodhead’s role as third down/passing back), Brandon Bolden (undrafted in 2012), and recent signee Leon Washington (veteran back and strong kick returner). 

Meanwhile, Demps departs from the Patriots after signing on with the team last season during training camp. Demps never played a snap for the Patriots going on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. 

Before joining the NFL, Demps played for the Florida Gators and also competed in track and field. He ended up going to the 2012 Olympics in London where he won a silver medal with the U.S. team in the 4x100 meter relay. 

Reports that the Patriots were looking to trade Demps started last month when he reportedly said he wanted to play football and run track. Talks heated up on the third day of the 2013 NFL draft and a deal was struck.