Number 1: LeGarrette Blount – New England Patriots
Although LeGarrette Blount didn’t lead even lead his team in rushing last season, I still believe that he is the number one back heading into this year’s free agency period. The New England offense features many different running backs and skilled position players, so playing time isn’t always a premium. However, when Blount received his opportunity to take over as New England’s primary running back, he certainly did not disappoint. In three out of the last four games of the season, Blount rushed for two or more touchdowns, including a four touchdown game in the second round of the playoffs.
Even with New England having a surplus of backs, Blount finished just one yard away from leading the team in rushing. He also rushed the ball twenty-five fewer times than Stevan Ridley (team leader), giving him the advantage in yards per carry.
LeGarrette Blount is definitely a back that most teams in the league would love to have. Blount has a very unique skill set that makes him a valuable asset. He is a big back, but he is also very quick.
I think one of the best fits for LeGarrette would be New England’s rival, the Miami Dolphins. One of Miami’s biggest needs this offseason will be the running back position. With Miami spending high draft picks on Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller over the past couple of seasons, they might want to try to bring someone in. A tandem of Lamar Miller and LeGarrette Blount would give Miami a pretty formidable running game to complement Wallace, Clay and Tannehill.