The Philadelphia Eagles have signed former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday morning.
A two-time Super Bowl winner with New England, Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2016 with 18, and rushed for 1,161 yards in the regular season. The Eagles have a stable of smaller, finesse backs like Darren Sproles and the speedy rookie out of San Diego State Donnel Pumphrey, who was taken in the fourth-round of this year’s NFL draft. They have lacked the workhorse running back that can be counted upon to drive straight ahead and convert on 3rd-and-one or 4th-and-inches. Blount is that running back.
This very likely means that Ryan Mathews will be released by the Eagles. Mathews has played well for the Eagles, when healthy, but continued struggling to stay on the field for Philadelphia.
With a balanced rushing attack, defenses will have more to worry about than just stopping Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffery connections. 2017 could be a fun year for Eagles fans.
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