It's picking up speed at the right time.
That helped the Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 34-20 in the regular-season finale and clinch a first-round bye.
On Saturday night, the Patriots (12-4) face the Indianapolis Colts (12-5) in an AFC divisional-round game.
"We've been out here in the cold," Blount said after practice Wednesday with the temperature in the teens, "trying to get used to it and see how it's going to be for the game."
Bad weather wasn't a problem against Buffalo. In a game-long downpour, he had 36- and 35-yard touchdown runs and returned kickoffs 83 and 62 yards.
And Blount's 189 yards rushing were just 76 fewer than his total of 265 in his first eight games. He nearly doubled that in the next eight games with 507 yards as he learned the offense in his first season after being traded from Tampa Bay, which drafted him in 2010.
"I feel like I ran hard in the beginning also, but it's just as the season went on I got more comfortable," Blount said. "I just kind of figured out a lot more about the offense to be a little bit more successful."
Now he's part of a deep group of running backs with different styles.
Blount runs over defenders.
"It wears and tears on the defense," Blount said. "They get tired of hitting backs like me, like Rid, like Brandon. And they get tired of chasing Shane around. So I feel like if you do that to them for a while, sooner or later they're going to crack."
Combine that with
Special teams, too.
Or because of it.
"Being my size definitely helps," Blount said. "I get to come out running full speed. And then another part of it is the kickoff team has to run all the way down there to tackle you and then once you break their line of defense then they have to turn around and chase you."
But he knows returners like Leon Washington and Devin Hester, two of the best in NFL history, have something extra.
"The 83-yarder I had probably would have been a touchdown with one of those guys," Blount said.
Brady isn't complaining about any of his backs.
The Patriots rushed for a season-high 267 yards against the Bills, with Ridley gaining 74.
Another big ground game could be coming against the Colts, who gave up the seventh most yards rushing in the league.
"It's a heck of a challenge," Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said. "They've got a stable of guys that are all more than capable."
In their last three games, the Patriots have rushed for an average of 168.3.
But if the Colts focus too much on stopping that, Vereen can catch a short pass and run. He had 47 receptions despite missing eight games with a broken wrist.
Defenses try to stop him by showing "different looks," he said, "trying to keep offenses on their toes, not really knowing what you're going to get until the ball's actually snapped."
They do know what they'll get from Blount - a powerful runner who barges through opponents.
"I'm sure it's hard to bring (him) down," Vereen said. "I wouldn't want to do it. That's why I play offense."