FOXBORO, Mass. — Don Jones is a nice guy — maybe a little too nice.
The New England Patriots special-teamer plans to give newly re-acquired running back LeGarrette Blount his old jersey No. 29 for free.
“I don’t need to (get anything in return),” Jones said. “I don’t think we need to get into all that. I’m just gonna let him have it. I’m gonna get No. 31 and keep on rolling with the Patriots.”
No. 31 is held by rookie running back Tyler Gaffney, who’s on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Blount has been wearing No. 60, a number usually reserved for offensive linemen, in practice so far, though he had his old No. 29 crewneck sweatshirt sitting in his locker.
“He was real nice,” Jones said about how Blount approached him. “He seems like a real nice guy. Shoot, I think we made friends because of this, so I’m glad.”
Blount confused the local media when he was warming up in practice while wearing No. 60. Give his 250-pound stature, Blount looked like a long snapper or linebacker.
“I just grabbed a jersey, just to hopefully figure out what was going on, to see if I could get the number back,” Blount explained Friday.
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