LeGarrette Blount was back on the field on Thursday. (WEEI.com)
FOXBORO — For the first time since Dec. 13 of last year, LeGarrette Blount was back on the field with his Patriots teammates.
After the Patriots’ win over the Texans, Blount was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury. He missed all of the spring practices, but was back participating on Thursday, the first day of training camp.
“It’s great,” Blount said of getting back on the field. “It’s a wonderful feeling to just be out here and blessed to be out here with these guys — sweating, hot and just being able to be able to come out here and work with them.”
While he’s back on the field, it doesn’t appear the 29-year-old will be going full-tilt, at least for the time being.
“We’re taking it day-by-day,” he said. “Good enough to go out there and participate in practice and all activities.”
Blount participated in all the drills on Thursday, but it’s worth noting it was the first day of camp and the team will not be in full pads until Saturday. It won’t be until then where there will be a true sense of exactly where he’s at in regards to being full strength.
As it relates to the running back group, they may be asked to do a bit more than in the past, especially in the first four games to take some weight off of Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulders. Blount isn’t thinking about that as he’s just worried about himself.
“Me personally, that’s the only thing I am worried about is me,” he said. “What I can do to contribute and what I can do to help the team do whatever we need to do to win games.”
Last year Blount had 20 or more carries in just one game and that could potentially change over Weeks 1-4 if the team goes to more of a ground-based attack.
“I’m going to do whatever Bill [Belichick] needs me to do to make sure we’re successful,” he said.
Blount leads a running back group that includes Dion Lewis, James White, Donald Brown and Tyler Gaffney.