Blount and the Pats' rushing attack were in full force in Philly.
By far, the most impressive performer on Friday night was that of LeGarrette Blount. He answered a lot of questions in his first exhibition game with the Patriots.
After watching his role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers strongly diminish last season, Blount definitely impressed during his first action in a Pats' jersey. He carried the ball 11 times for 101 yards, including two touchdowns—all game-high totals for New England.
Not only did Blount prove that he can be the Patriots' short-yardage power running back, but he also showed that he could break off some big runs as well.
One of the most impressive plays of the night found Blount completely changing his direction on a carry, trotting 51 yards down the field for a touchdown on the first play of the drive. He also powered his way in for a score from one yard out in the third quarter.
It was tough envisioning what the 6'0" 250-pound back's role would be behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, but it looks like he may be a strong option for the Pats in short-yardage situations.
Bill Belichick was happy to add Blount in the offseason and has been impressed by him so far, noted Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
I’ve had a lot of respect for LeGarrette and what he’s done through his career. He’s had a good spring for us and a good training camp for us. I think he helps us.
It will be interesting to see how Blount responds this week against his former team, Tampa Bay, which has a strong run defense. Still, the Patriots have to be pleased with their new power running back.