The Eagles made quite a statement today by signing Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who scored a league-leading 18 touchdowns for the Super Bowl Champs. This says the Birds are interested in helping put good players around Carson Wentz, so he can have a successful second season.
He agreed to a one year deal for up to $2.8 million according to Ian Rapoport.
Blount should give the Eagles a tremendous boost in the red zone and short yardage. With the addition of Blount to Alshon Jeffery, the Eagles have greatly improved their weapons in the red zone. Defenses will have to be thinking stop the run when Blount is in the backfield and that can open up things for Wentz to throw the ball once he fakes it to Blount.
He’s a big back at 6 foot and weighing 250 pounds, but Blount can get up off the ground when leaping into the end zone. He’s got good speed when he gets going, but this guy knows how to get a first down on short yardage and he knows how to get into the end zone.
“LeGarrette Blount is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him to this football team,” said Howie Roseman, Eagles executive vice president of football operations. “We feel good about the depth and competition that we have created at the running back position and we are looking forward to getting the guys out on the field next week for OTAs.”
Blount has played in the NFL for seven-years and he’s played for three clubs, New England, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. He had his best year as a pro last year with New England, as he ran for 1161 yards with those 18 touchdowns. The big physical back has two Super Bowl rings.