Some camps have banned tackling from practices in an effort to protect their players from injuries. His former coach at Oregon, Chip Kelly, has banned tackling at the Philadelphia Eagles practices. New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount likes the contact and putting the pads on.
“I feel like being in pads, yeah, it plays more to my strengths than anything,” Blount said, via the Boston Herald. “A big guy like me, I’m agile and I show flashes of things, but for me, I feel like showing what I can do. My biggest advantage is in pads. I’m a big, physical guy.”
The Patriots already have a crowded backfield with Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley but Blount says he’s felt welcomed.
“I mean, they’re a really close-knit group, you know,” he said. “They walk with me and I fit in, I fit in really well with them. They brought me right in, so I’m pretty comfortable with them now.”
His experience in Chip Kelly’s hurry-up offense at Oregon is helping him keep up with the pace of the New England Patriots offense.
“Yeah, my experience with Oregon helps me a lot with that,” he said. “Being in this position, it’s kind of tough learning the offense, but my experience at Oregon helped me a little bit with that. (The coaches) just kind of told me to do my job, whatever happens, happens, wherever I land, I land. Things have been going well lately. Everything is kind of molding, so I’m feeling good.”