LeGarrette Blount signing shaping up to be boom or bust for Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) 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.
Today’s Philadelphia Eagles links take a look at the reaction to the LeGarrette Blount signing both locally and nationally.
The MMQB’s Peter King examines both sides of the Blount signing and whether or not the Eagles’ larger offseason trend of signing veterans to short-term deals to place around quarterback Carson Wentz makes sense.
“I think there are a lot of things to like about the Eagles signing LeGarrette Blount,” King writes. “The bruising running back scored more rushing TDs himself last season (18) than the Eagles did as a team (16). His addition fortifies a backfield heavy on change-of-pace runners and will take pressure off Carson Wentz. Plus, the team can get back the cap space (and more) by cutting Ryan Mathews.”
But then there are the questions around Blount and his uneven pro career that seems to really only have had stability when he’s been in New England.
“I think, on the other hand, it’s fair to question two things about the Blount move,” King continues. “First, will he be as effective outside of the Patriots structure under Bill Belichick? Blount’s last stint on a different NFL roster didn’t end well; you probably remember the Steelers cutting him in the middle of the 2014 season after a rocky few months during which he was arrested for marijuana possession and walked off the field during a game before the clock had expired.”
LeGarrette Blount discusses his potential role on Philadelphia Eagles
The FS1 duo of Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe from Undisputed fall along the same line as King. They’re not sure Blount can continue his success from New England away from coach Bill Belichick in Philadelphia.
“I don’t think [he’ll help] much,” Sharpe said. “Let me ask you a question: Does he move them past the Giants or the Cowboys? No, no. And what we’ve seen from skill position players that leave New England,they never enjoy the success with their other team that they’ve enjoyed in New England.
“You can go back. Look at Deion Branch, look at [David] Givens, look at [David] Patten.
“Skill position players, when they leave New England, they don’t have the same level of success.”
Locally, the move is seen as a solid signing that met a need for an offense. Philadelphia Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes called Blount “a better brand of Band-Aid” for the Eagles offense. Hayes’ colleague, Les Bowen, writes that Blount should fit in with the Eagles offense, while PhillyVoice’s Jimmy Kempski says Blount could wear many hats for coach Doug Pederson.
Here’s the rest of the day’s Eagles links: