FOXBORO, Mass. — LeGarrette Blount was able to find a silver lining after the Pittsburgh Steelers cut him for reportedly leaving the sideline early in their Monday night win over the Tennessee Titans.
Blount was released Tuesday, cleared waivers Wednesday and already was rocking a No. 60 New England Patriots jersey Thursday morning.
“You know, I don’t really want to talk about it,” Blount said Friday about how his brief Steelers tenure ended. “But just the fact that it opened up another opportunity to get back here was — it ended up being a good thing for me.”
Blount played for the Patriots last season and shined in the back half after he seized the starting running back role from Stevan Ridley. Blount had 772 yards on 153 carries with seven touchdowns in 2013. He had just 65 carries for 266 yards with two touchdowns with the Steelers.
“I got the news after the waivers were over that they wanted to bring me here,” Blount said of the Patriots. “I was excited about it. I wanted to be back. It’s a good thing that they brought me back. I’m ready to play ball.”
Head coach Bill Belichick said Friday that Blount’s role with the Patriots is “up to him.”
“It means a lot,” Blount said. “Bill’s a straightforward shooter. He’s a 100 percent honest person, and I truly believe that if I do what I have to do, then I’ll make myself a role on this team. Whatever I have to do, I’ll do to make myself productive.”
Blount said he was “comfortable” with his decision to sign with the Steelers over the offseason, despite receiving interest from the Patriots. Blount still missed New England, however.
“I missed it a lot,” Blount said. “I missed the guys, I missed the coaches. It was fun. I was excited to be back. I was welcomed with open arms by everybody.”
Blount wasn’t worried that he’d be a free agent for long, despite his reported insubordination with the Steelers.
“No, it wasn’t scary at all,” Blount said. “I feel like I’m talented enough to have ended on any team.”
Blount could see an immediate increased role this week if Belichick decides to punish starter Jonas Gray for being late to Gillette Stadium on Friday.
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