ESPN’s Mike Reiss thinks so.
Reiss reported he believes Blount’s roster spot isn’t sealed with the Patriots given he’s returning from hip surgery and didn’t practice in the spring. He noted if Blount can be the back he was before his injury, then he shouldn’t have any problems remaining with the team.
The Patriots have Blount, Lewis, White, Foster, Brown, and Bolden at running back. Bolden is a special teamer and depth, and James White is a great pass-catcher out of the backfield. Brown is a pure running back, but catches better than Blount. Lewis is a truly remarkable pass-catching running back, but he can run between the tackles better than average. Foster is a pure pass-catcher who might line up in the slot just as much in the backfield.
The Patriots only have two pure running backs so I believe Blount will be the guy going forward unless his hip doesn’t fully heal. The Patriots would only have Brown going forward and I highly doubt they want one pure running back, it was a disaster last year. They have a lot of depth at the pass-catching spot with Lewis, White, and Foster, but a pure running back is another story. I’m in the camp, they need both Brown and Blount going forward, but I could see this going either way. Outside of Brady and Gronk no one has a roster spot 100% locked down on the Patriots every season, so you never know with the Pats but I think Blount stays.
I hope Blount is back to 100% because the Blount/Lewis combo is so deadly.