- Height / Weight
- 6'0" / 241 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- December 5, 1986 (31)
- 9th Season
- 2010 / Rd. / Pk. (TEN FA)
Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount, who had a career-high 18 touchdowns with the Patriots in 2016, is expected to be the team's short-yardage/goal-line back in 2018. However, he converted just eight of 15 runs (53 percent) with one yard to go for the Eagles last season. Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson scored the only touchdown in goal-line work with the second team in a joint practice with the Raiders on Tuesday. Johnson should eventually see more work than Blount in this committee backfield, which makes Blount pretty much what he's been the last two seasons: a touchdown-dependent and inconsistent fantasy option at flex.
The Detroit Lions very clearly have a top two when it comes to their running back committee next year. LeGarrette Blount and rookie Kerryon Johnson split all the carries in 7-on-7 drills at organized team activities last week. That leaves Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah as the odd men out, although either could still factor into the receiving game, especially Riddick. Expect Blount to be the primary ball carrier next season with Johnson pitching in on early downs. No Lions running back holds elite fantasy value, however.
The Detroit Lions have come to terms with free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount on a one-year, $4.5 million contract. New head coach Matt Patricia is known to be a big Blount fan, and the two worked together when Blount was on the Patriots. Blount followed up his 18-touchdown 2016 season with just two touchdowns last season. However, he represents an upgrade to Detroit's struggling running game. With a poor offensive line and a pass-heavy offense, however, Blount's value takes a hit in the Motor City. Consider him an RB3 for now. Theo Riddick may still be the preferred passing back, but Ameer Abdullah will likely be hurt the most by this move.