It's too early to say how LeGarrette Blount will fit into the New England Patriots' backfield plans in 2013 -- or if he'll fit into them at all.

Blount at least appears to have the enthusiasm of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. That carries some currency in Foxborough.

"We felt like we got good value for Blount," Belichick told Sirius XM NFL Radio, via ESPNBoston.com. "He's a guy that we basically gave up (Jeff) Demps for, and Demps, I'd say, is less of a proven player and there were some other issues with Jeff.

"With LeGarrette, he's been a productive player. He didn't play as much last year with the emergence of (Doug) Martin down there, so I can certainly understand that Tampa was in. We felt like he was a talented guy that we wanted to have on our team."