Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow (5) goes to hand off to running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots' LeGarrette Blount, Julian Edelman, Brandon Bolden expected to crack 53-man roster

ESPN Boston is projecting that both LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden will crack the New England Patriots 53 man roster while Edelman retains his roster spot.

Blount entered training camp as a long shot but has been practicing pretty well while averaging 7.9 yards a carry on 14 pre-season carries. Those numbers could be a little inflated as Philadelphia’s defense refused to show up and bring down the power house running back early in pre-season.

If Blount is kept on the roster, he could be used as a red zone/goal-line running back. Right now the Patriots have five running backs on their roster. Those names include Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Leon Washington and of course Blount and Bolden. Ridley and Vereen don’t seem to be going anywhere so it could be between Washington, Blount and Bolden who fight for the final roster spot or spots.

“We take it and feed off each other. He goes and makes a great play and I try and go out and make an even better play. Then he goes out and tries to make an even better play. We just feed off each other. We push each other to be better.” Brandon Bolden said about Blount 

Now as Blount and Bolden hope to make the roster, wide receiver Julian Edelman looks as if his roster spot is safe. He came into camp on the bubble, but caught seven passes for 57 yards in two pre-season games. He has been Danny Amendola’s direct back up in the slot and could be kept on the roster in case Amendola happens to re-injure that collarbone.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    “If Blount is kept on the roster, he could be used as a red zone/goal-line running back.”

    Bolden, not Blount will be the goal-line running back. Blount is more of a breakaway RB with better vision and better moves. Even though Blount is the bigger RB, Bolden is the bruiser and punishing back. It would be a big plus if both of them make the 53-man roster.