Eagles, Roseman banking on LeGarrette Blount to carry the load

Eagles, Roseman banking on LeGarrette Blount to carry the load

Former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is long in the tooth at 30-years-old. While he ran a respectable 1,161 yards last season, he did with 299 carries, averaging 3.9 yards per carry – mind you, that was in Tom Brady’s show where mixing it up and garbage time is more than a rare occurrence.

Blount is a resilient back, but we’re not quite sure he’s someone you should be treating like your newfound savior of your future running game.

But Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman sure seems to think so:

“We’re always looking for complementary players when we go over our roster and positions,” Roseman said, via the team’s official website.

“Obviously, LeGarrette had a tremendous amount of success with New England last year, rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns and winning a Super Bowl. He sets the tempo for your team as a running back.

“He can run between the tackles and he can drag tacklers down the field. He can do everything you look for in the running game. He had runs of plus-20 yards (Blount had seven rushes of 20-plus yards last season, tied for sixth most in the league) and he’s won two Super Bowls in the last four years. For us, people are going to see that his size is what jumps out at you, but he’s also got quick feet for a big man. He has a complementary skill set that works well in our backfield.”