LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday. Ryan Mathews carried the ball 155 times, and that's the role Blount is taking over. Blount has 46 career receptions and one receiving touchdown in seven National Football League seasons, including seven catches for 38 yards last season for the Patriots. 800 yards and 6-9 scores would be acceptable. May.
With the potential of 2018 being just as hectic of an offseason in resigning players who performed and getting new players to fill new roster holes, the focus of the Eagles is on getting talent around Carson Wentz regardless of who provides it.
Blount joins a cast of running backs that includes Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Byron Marshall and rookies Donnel Pumphrey and Corey Clement. "You build a team around players that you know will help you do that". After he led the league in rushing touchdowns a year ago, the Eagles expect to pick things up right where the Patriots left off with Blount. After spending the majority of the past four seasons in huddles with Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, Blount seems eager to work with the newest quarterback he'll be receiving carries from: Carson Wentz.
In their final six games, including the playoffs, Blount had 87 carries and one catch, Lewis had 70 and 10, and James White had 13 and 28, respectively. Maybe teams thought it was a trap set by Belichick, because if the Hood doesn't want him anymore then he can't possibly have anything left in the tank. "I don't think you need to bring the culture of any team over here". Maybe it's as simple as the ill-fated fumble in the Super Bowl?
Despite a narrative about a renaissance at running back, teams are still reluctant to invest in a position where the players have a shorter life span and a lessening impact - at least individually - on the game. Despite receiving the extremely rare May 9 tender, Blount signed with the Eagles.
LeGarrette Blount has had the opportunity to take handoffs from elite quarterbacks thus far in his career. The Patriots have made optimists out of perhaps the most cynical fan base in sports.
The easiest answer is many have tried and failed because mimicking the DNA of the Patriots' way can't be accomplished without the best coach/quarterback combination of the generation and perhaps of all time. I won two Super Bowls with those guys. Gillislee may be good, but up to this point he does not have the track record that Dillon had when he came over from Cincinnati.
Respect goes a long way for Blount, so as long as he feels wanted, he'll give everything he can for the team. He'll go to Philadelphia and we'll see what happens, his last trip to Pennsylvania was of the round trip variety.