LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
1 day ago

The Eagles hope Blount's presence will help them achieve balance on offense, ESPN.com's Tim McManus reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 2016 Eagles had a rookie quarterback from a non-FBS school, an above-average defense and a poor group of pass catchers -- a trio that typically would beg for a run-heavy approach. Of course, the backfield wasn't all that much better than the receiving group, which led to a middle-of-the-pack ranking in pass-play percentage (16th, 59.4). The team's transactions during the free agency period and draft hinted at the possibility of a pass percentage above 60.0 in 2017, but the mid-May addition of Blount on a one-year, $1.25 million contract suggests the Eagles do still aspire toward some degree of balance. While he presumably won't have the opportunity to match last season's 299 carries, Blount projects as the primary early down runner and top goal-line option in what should be an improved offense. Once Ryan Mathews (neck) is released, Blount will be the team's only running back heavier than 210 pounds with any significant NFL experience.

LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
3 weeks ago2 Comments

Blount was absent from OTAs Tuesday due to a family obligation, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Blount was recently signed by the Eagles two weeks ago on a one-year, $2.8 million contract, and while the time away from his new team surely isn't ideal, the tailback is expected to have plenty of opportunities to prove he can be a lead back in Philadelphia. Blount is coming off a season where he rushed for a league-high 18 touchdowns and career-high 1,161 yards with the Patriots in 2016.

LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
1 month ago11 Comments

Blount signed a one-year contract worth up to $2.8M with the Eagles on Wednesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Blount, who rushed for a league-best 18 touchdowns in 2016 with the Patriots, will provide the Eagles' backfield with much-needed physicality on early downs and short-yardage situations. His signing doesn't bode well for Ryan Mathews' (neck) future in Philadelphia, who has already been expected to be released this offseason. Darren Sproles is slated to fill his usual role as a utility man, while Wendell Smallwood (knee) and fourth-rounder Donnel Pumphrey figure to share carries behind Blount. The 30-year-old bruising back recorded a career-high in rushing attempts, rushing yards, and touchdowns last season during his seventh year in the league, proving there's still plenty of juice left in the tank.

LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
1 month ago9 Comments

Blount received a free-agent tender from the Patriots on Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

By extending Blount a tender, the Patriots protect the compensatory selection they will receive upon him signing with another team. The tender is worth $1.1 million for one season, if Blount chooses to sign. If he remains unsigned once training camp begins he'll only be able to negotiate with the Patriots.

LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Blount could sign with the Giants before the draft, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Blount seemingly hoped to reunite with the Patriots, but his former team instead signed both Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. The 30-year-old bowling ball is left in a difficult position, as the few teams still in search of a power runner might be able to fill their need during a draft that has a strong crop of running backs. With Adrian Peterson headed to New Orleans, it's possible Blount feels some added pressure to sign before the start of the draft. The Giants are a sensible fit, likely hoping to boost their backfield without expending an early-round pick to do so. 2016 fifth-rounder Paul Perkins did show lead-back potential down the stretch of his rookie season, but it isn't hard to envision a three-headed backfield in which Blount handles a lot of early-down carries and goal-line work, while Shane Vereen (triceps) most of the obvious passing-down snaps and Perkins does a little bit of everything.

LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
3 months ago

Blount and the Patriots have mutual interest in continuing their relationship, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Blount was in a similar situation last offseason, hoping to cash in on a solid 2015 campaign, but ultimately settling for a one-year, $1 million deal to stay in New England after going unsigned through the first month of free agency. Coming off an 18-touchdown season, the 30-year-old power back probably expected to draw more interest on the open market this time around, only to find that the one-dimensional nature of his game still limits him to a few possible destinations. Blount might even be willing to accept a discount to stay in New England, where he enjoys a cushy role as the goal-line and clock-killing power back in a high-powered offense. Other possible fits include the Giants and Raiders.

LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
3 months ago

Blount could be a good fit with the Giants as a complement to Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen (triceps), SNY.TV.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off a 2016 campaign in which he ran for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns -- albeit on 3.9 yards per carry -- Blount remains unsigned through the first 10 days of free agency. His production largely is viewed as a product of the Patriots offense, which provided Blount with a plethora of goal-line carries and clock-killing work. While a return to New England isn't out of the question, the Patriots did recently sign Rex Burkhead to a one-year, $3 million contract to join a backfield that also includes James White and Dion Lewis (hamstring). There may still be room for Blount in that picture, as Burkhead, Lewis and White are all smaller backs with pass-catching skills. Other teams that could be in the market for a power runner include the Giants, Packers, Buccaneers and Raiders.

LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
4 months ago

Blount gained 31 yards on 11 carries and lost a fumble in the Patriots' 34-28 overtime victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

EDGE Analysis

Blount's most prominent play was a dubious one, as he had the ball ripped out by Falcons safety Deion Jones on the second play of the second quarter, giving Atlanta possession at their own 29-yard line. That turnover eventually resulted in a Devonta Freeman five-yard touchdown run, and the Patriots used Blount sparingly after that point. The scarcity of touches also came as a result of the four-possession deficit that New England found itself facing early into the third quarter, a scenario that largely froze Blount out of the action due to his minimal role in the passing game. An unrestricted free agent after playing on a one-year, $1 million contract in 2016, it remains to be seen if Blount will be brought back to serve as the team's primary two-down back.

LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
5 months ago

Blount rushed 16 times for 47 yards and a touchdown, and caught his lone target for eight more in Sunday's 36-17 AFC Championship win over the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

Blount was a much bigger part of the game plan after playing second-fiddle to James White with only eight touches against the Texans last week. The 30-year-old veteran scored his team's lone rushing touchdown from one yard out in the third quarter for his 19th rushing score in 18 games. Finding running room in the Super Bowl won't be easy against a Falcons defense that hasn't allowed more than 34 yards on the ground to any non-quarterback this postseason.

LeGarrette Blount
RB PHI (10)
5 months ago

Blount carried just eight times for 31 yards in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round victory over the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

The bruising back had been removed from the injury report on Friday after missing the prior two practices with an illness, yet still ceded the majority of backfield work to Dion Lewis on the night. Blount did get a goal-line opportunity late in the first half, but was stuffed for no gain at the one-yard line. Blount then saw his last two carries on New England's final possession, and he managed to rip off an 18-yard gain to the Texans' 47-yard line that took the clock down to the two-minute warning. Saturday's usage may have simply been a case of the Patriots opting to play it safe with one of their most valuable commodities, and Blount could therefore be back to a much more customary workload in next Sunday's conference championship.