Aug 2, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews (24) and running back Kenjon Barner (34) and running back Darren Sproles (43) warm up during training camp at NovaCare Complex.
Though Blount is not a pass-catching threat, he adds a whole new dimension to play-action pass calls that haven't always been respected by opponents.
The Detroit Lions didn't pursue a running back early in free agency, didn't take one in the 2017 NFL Draft, then decided against signing Matt Asiata after he took part in the team's rookie minicamp as a tryout. This also makes it pretty apparent that the Eagles will have a running back by committee this year.
Plus, they probably don't need to give him the same workload that the Patriots did. He has spent the last three season with the New England Patriots. New Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery wasted little time welcoming Blount to the team.
The Eagles could also use his prowess in short-yardage situations.
Production: Career highs in carries (299), rushing yards (1,161) and rushing TDs (18) in 2016.
In two playoff games and the Super Bowl last season, Blount totaled 101 yards and one rushing touchdown.
"It's an exciting group with a good mix of veteran backs who have had success in this league and younger backs who can learn from them", Roseman said. The team picked him up after he went un-drafted out of Oregon. Sproles will be extremely busy when the Eagles are passing, but Pumphrey could chip in here, as well. The Patriots acquired Blount in a trade with the Bucs in 2013. He's had his share of character problems stemming back to his college days, where he punched a Boise State defensive lineman in the face after a season-opening loss.
Born: Dec. 5, 1986 (Age 30), Madison, Fla. It was the biggest comeback and first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
"I told him he shouldn't be defined by an incident that happened on September 3, 2009, because that's not the type of person LG is", Kelly said in August 2013.
This could net the Patriots an additional compensatory pick next year. With the bright future of Carson Wentz and the newly added depth of their offense, things are definitely looking up for the Philadelphia Eagles organization.