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Robert Blanton

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Height: 
6-1

Weight:

201

Age

28
Notre Dame
6 Years Pro

2016 Season

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TRANSACTION SUMMARY:

04/20/17: Signed a one-year contract with Dallas.

11/26/16: Placed on Reserve/Injured with a foot injury.

03/18/16: Signed a one-year contract with Buffalo through 2016.

04/28/12: Drafted in the fifth round (139th overall) by Minnesota.

Biography

The Dallas Cowboys signed safety Robert Blanton to supplement a secondary depleted by free agency prior to the 2017 season. Originally a fifth round draft pick (139th overall) by Minnesota in 2012, Blanton has started 19-of-70 games in his NFL career and totaled 229 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception, 13 pass breakups and 48 special teams tackles over five NFL seasons. He had his best season in 2014 for Minnesota, making 111 tackles and logging his only career interception in 13 starts for the Vikings seventh-ranked pass defense. He signed a one-year deal with Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, and made 26 tackles on defense before a foot injury ended his season after 10 games. Comfortable playing multiple positions across the secondary, Blanton has a chance to win a starting job in a Cowboys secondary that returns only two starters from the 2016 season.

 

2016 (Buffalo):

  • Started two-of-10 games played for the Bills, totaling 26 tackles and nine special teams tackles before a foot injury landed him on IR in November.
  • Made his Buffalo debut in the season opener at Baltimore (9/11), then logged his first tackles as a Bill against Arizona (9/25), finishing with three.
  • Started against New England (10/30) and had a season-high 10 tackles.
  • Suffered a foot injury at Cincinnati (11/20) that landed him on Reserve/Injured on Nov. 26.

2015 (Minnesota):

  • Played in all 16 games, starting one, and contributed 28 tackles and nine special teams tackles for the Vikings.
  • Played extensively on defense against Seattle (12/6) after Harrison Smith left game due to injury, leading team with nine tackles, seven solos.
  • Had season-high and tied a career-best with three special teams stops against the N.Y. Giants (12/27).

2014 (Minnesota):

  • Started 13 games, appearing in 15, finishing third on the team with a career-best tackles (111), his only career interception and four pass deflections for the NFL’s seventh-ranked pass defense.
  • Snagged his first career interception and also added his first career fumble recovery at Buffalo (10/19).
  • Tied his career-high with 14 tackles in the overtime win against the N.Y. Jets (12/7).

2013 (Minnesota):

  • Played in all 16 games, starting three, and logging 59 tackles with six breakups while leading the team in special teams tackles with a career-high 19.
  • Earned his first career start at Baltimore (12/8).
  • Set a career-high in tackles with 14 against Detroit (12/29).

2012 (Minnesota):

  • Saw action in 13 games and finished with five tackles, a pass breakup and 10 special teams takedowns.
  • Had all of his defensive stats against Tennessee (10/7).

COLLEGE:

  • Appeared in 50 consecutive games at Notre Dame, making 26 starts, and totaled 193 career tackles with 19 tackles for loss, 16 pass breakups and eight interceptions.
  • In 2011 started all 13 games and finished third with 70 tackles, adding eight tackles for loss, two interceptions and eight breakups as a senior.
  • In 2010 Saw action in all 13 games and totaled 52 tackles, including seven tackles for loss (third on team), to go with a sack and two interceptions.
  • Started eight games at cornerback and played in all 12 games, ranking eighth on team with 38 tackles and tied for second with two interceptions in 2009.
  • Appeared in Notre Dame’s final 12 games of the season after sitting out the opener against San Diego State, tal- lying 33 total tackles and three tackles for a loss, adding two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.

PERSONAL:

  • Named 1st-Team All State in 2006 and 2007 at Butler High School in Matthews, NC and 2007 Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Observer after blocking six kicks and adding 94 tackles with five interceptions as a senior.
  • Standout in basketball and track, surpassing 21 feet in the long jump and 6’10’’ in the high jump.

COMMUNITY:

  • 2017 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.

Stats

Career Stats

gamesdefense
seasonteamggstotalsoloastscksftypdefintydsavglngtdsfffr
2016BUF102352780-0-----0-
2015MIN161342860-3-----0-
2014MIN151310672340-21---001
2013MIN1636037230-0-----0-
2012MIN130131030-0-----0-
TOTAL248174740051---001

Recent Games

defense
wkopresulttotalsoloastscksftypdefintydsavglngtdsfffr
17@NYJL 10-30
16MIAL 31-34
15CLEW 33-13
14PITL 20-27
13@OAKL 24-38
12JAXW 28-21
11@CINW 16-121100-0-----0-
9@SEAL 25-314130-0-----0-
8NEL 25-4111830-0-----0-
7@MIAL 25-287700-0-----0-
6SFW 45-160------------
5@LAW 30-196420-0-----0-
4@NEW 16-02200-0-----0-
3ARIW 33-183300-0-----0-
2NYJL 31-371100-0-----0-
1@BALL 7-130------------

defensive

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2016BUF10352780-0-----
2015MIN16342860-3-----
2014MIN1510672340-210111
2013MIN166037230-0-----
2012MIN13131030-0-----
TOTAL 7024817474005101-1

fumbles

yearteamgfumlostffown fropp frown ydsopp ydstdoobsftytb
2016BUF10-----------
2015MIN16-----------
2014MIN15----1-0----
2013MIN16-----------
2012MIN13-----------
TOTAL 7000-01000000

kick returns

yearteamgretydsavglngtd20+40+fcfum
2016BUF10---------
2015MIN16127272701000
2014MIN15---------
2013MIN16---------
2012MIN13---------
TOTAL 70127272701000

preseason

gamestacklesinterceptionsfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggstotalsoloastscksftypdefintydsavglngtdsfffr
008/03/2017ARIW 18-20100------------
108/12/2017@LAL 10-13102110-0-----0-
208/19/2017INDW 19-24101100-1-----0-
308/26/2017OAKW 20-24103120-1-----0-
TOTAL 406330-2-----0-

defensive splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Arizona Cardinals13300-0-----
Baltimore Ravens10----------
Cincinnati Bengals11100-0-----
Los Angeles Rams16420-0-----
Miami Dolphins17700-0-----
New England Patriots2131030-0-----
New York Jets11100-0-----
San Francisco 49ers10----------
Seattle Seahawks14130-0-----

defensive splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Outside Own Division614950-0-----
vs AFC Teams6221930-0-----
vs NFC Teams413850-0-----
vs Own Division4211830-0-----

defensive splits - split by MONTH

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
November25230-0-----
October5262150-0-----
September34400-0-----

defensive splits - split by STADIUM

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
CenturyLink Field14130-0-----
Gillette Stadium12200-0-----
Hard Rock Stadium17700-0-----
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum16420-0-----
M&T Bank Stadium10----------
New Era Field4151230-0-----
Paul Brown Stadium11100-0-----

defensive splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Losses5231760-0-----
Wins5121020-0-----

defensive splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Mondays14130-0-----
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)11100-0-----
Sundays8302550-0-----
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