Eagles give running back LeGarrette Blount 1-year deal

New England Patriots running back Le Garrette Blount celebrates a touchdown with the End Zone Militia during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday Jan. 22 2017 in Foxborough Mass

Blount likes the Eagles' chances this season

The 30-year-old Blount, who signed a one-year contract with the Eagles, is fresh off a career season in which he won a Super Bowl with the Patriots, rushed for 1,161 yards and was second among all wide receivers and running backs with those 18 scores. That's partly because Ryan Mathews was unable to stay healthy and they haven't had a really skilled big back to operate in the West Coast offense since, possibly, Dorsey Levens back in the 2004 Super Bowl season.

The Eagles would appear to have complementary parts with Blount as the obvious running-down, short-yardage and goal line option, Sproles the change-of-pace, pass-catching, third-down blocking option, and Smallwood and Pumphrey as a mixture of both depending upon the circumstance. "I'll do whatever they want me to do". Have a championship run. They have a lot of really special players on their team that make a lot of really good plays. Have a better season. "We feel good about the depth and competition that we have created at the running back position and we are looking forward to getting the guys out on the field next week for OTAs (Organized Team Activities)". So I want to be a part of that. When you add those names to Jordan Matthews, Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz, Jason Peters, Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks, the Eagles offense certainly seems improved from where they were at this time previous year. For more insight on Blount, here's a question and answer exchange with New England Patriots writer Rich Hill from Pats Pulpit. I'm a basketball fan in general, so no matter how good or bad the team is, I just like the games.

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski sets the over-under for LeGarrette Blount's rushing attempts at 170 this season. He's a smart player.

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The reason why the Eagles or any team in the National Football League wouldn't hand out long-term contracts could range anywhere from lack of confidence in the player to continue to perform to uncertainty in the fit. "Came up here to New England and played great". (The Eagles) have a culture of their own. "When he's out there, he demands a lot of respect from any team that you're playing against, so I think that plays a big factor in it". The Patriots already have six Running Backs for the 2017 season which is more then necessary. Blount sees unique skills in Wentz.

"(Wentz) has the potential to be a really special player", the OR product said. So up-and-coming is right, I feel like he's probably the best quarterback in his draft class. I think he has the potential to be a really special player. He has all the tools that are needed, and all the grind that is needed, and he has the mindset to maximize his ability if he just continues to work hard.

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