Former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount recently signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Is this a good fit for him?
Last season, Blount totaled 1,161 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. Even though Blount was able to accumulate some impressive stats, his yards per carry average was rather poor at just 3.9 for the season.
Toward the end of the season and in the playoffs, Blount wasn’t much of a factor for the Patriots. This offseason, it was clear that the Patriots weren’t that interested in signing him. They added both Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee to their backfield.
The signing of Gillislee was the real indication that the Patriots were planning on moving on from Blount. Despite receiving the extremely rare May 9 tender, Blount signed with the Eagles. For Blount, he is extremely happy to be joining the Eagles.
"“This is a perfect fit for me,” Blount said to Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com. “I’ve done everything I wanted to do. I won two Super Bowls with those guys. I don’t regret a single second of being there because I loved it there. They had some of the best years of football that you could ever remember.”“I chose the Eagles for the reason of me fitting in really good here,” Blount later said to Duffy, “(and) the chance of me making the team, having a championship run, having a banner season. And they’re a really good team. They’re a really good team before I came. I just want to fit in.”"
Joining Philadelphia looks to be a good fit for Blount on paper. The Eagles didn’t have a great rushing attack last season, and Blount should provide them with a good option to run between the tackles.
With Carson Wentz developing as a young quarterback, the Eagles are doing a nice job surrounding him with some weapons. Even though Blount isn’t an every down back, he will be a good fit for the Eagles’ offense.