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LeGarrette Blount meeting with Patriots

Free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who was released by the Steelers on Tuesday, is meeting with the New England Patriots today, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson, and is expected to sign.

The "pros and cons" of re-signing Blount were examined on Tuesday, with a reader poll indicating that 68 percent were not in favor of the move as of Thursday morning.

First-year running back Jonas Gray had a breakout game in Sunday's win over the Colts, rushing for 201 yards with four touchdowns to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. At 230 pounds, Gray is the team's top big back, and he's backed up by Brandon Bolden in the role, with Bolden's contributions on special teams making him a valuable member of the roster.

The Patriots complement their big backs with smaller, shiftier personnel, as Shane Vereen (5-foot-10, 205) is the top running back in that role. He is backed up by rookie James White (5-10, 206), a fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin.

Adding Blount would create a surplus at the position, but the Patriots might view it as worth it based on Blount's success with the team in 2013.

Last season with the Patriots, Blount rushed for 772 yards on 153 carries, an average of five yards per attempt, and scored seven touchdowns. He rushed for 189 yards against the Bills in the final week of the regular season and followed that up with 166 yards on the ground and four touchdowns against the Colts in the playoffs.

The Steelers waived Blount less than 24 hours after he left the field before the end of the 27-24 win over the Titans because the fifth-year veteran was upset he did not receive any carries in the game.

Blount went unclaimed on waivers, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, and he is now free to sign anywhere.

He rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns this season but carried the ball only five times in the Steelers' past two games and did not gain a yard.

To make room on the roster for Blount, the Patriots will cut defensive lineman Casey Walker, according to a source. When that transaction unfolds, assuming there are no unexpected twists, Walker would be eligible to return to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Information from ESPN.com's Scott Brown was used in this report.