Eagles sign RB Blount to one-year deal

Solenn Plantier
Mai 18, 2017

Since that 1,000 yard season, the most Blount had rushed for prior to 2016 was 781 yards in 2011. He was a RB1 in fantasy football and finished ahead of guys like Melvin Gordon and Jay Ajayi.

Blount signed a one-year deal with the Eagles, per the team. As far as current situations go, this is arguably the best landing spot possible for Blount.

The Eagles still have Ryan Mathews under contract but can save $4 million by cutting him and will likely do so now as he continues to recover from offseason surgery.

Blount played for former Eagles coach Chip Kelly at the University of OR in 2009, which was Kelly's first season as head coach for the Ducks. His touchdown total set a new Patriots' record. It was just his second season of over 1,000 rushing yards and his first with double-digit touchdown rushes. But he was released before the season began, and he's since played for the Buccaneers, Patriots and Steelers. "Obviously, LeGarrette had a tremendous amount of success with New England previous year".

Beyond the ramifications for the Eagles, though, is what this means for the Patriots.

The desire for Blount in Detroit was understandable, but the attraction was mostly superficial based on counting stats Blount achieved last season because he racked up so many carries. Why do I also think this? If Blount scores 10 more rushing touchdowns, he can climb into the top 50 of all time. The Patriots acquired Blount in a trade with the Bucs in 2013.

Blount played for OR during former Eagles coach Chip Kelly's first game with the Ducks, when Blount punched an opposing player. A big improvement from last season when they ranked thirtieth in the league.

Blount has obviously performed well as a rusher, but offers very little as a pass catcher. Since 2012 he as averaged 5 receptions and 35 yards on 7 targets per season.

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