Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount can’t see future, pressure on Carson Wentz and more news
Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs, 2017 NFL Week 2
Today’s Philadelphia Eagles links dive into some of the biggest storylines from the team’s 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Running back LeGarrette Blount was one of the team’s high-profile free-agent acquisitions on offense, joining wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. And while Jeffery and Smith have acquitted themselves well in Philly, it’s taking things a little bit longer for Blount.
The veteran had zero carries and only one offensive touch, a catch that went for zero yards, in the defeat.
“That’s how the game went,” Blount told reporters afterward.
That doesn’t seem to be in the cards this time, though.
In Week 1, Blount received a heavier workload with uninspiring results: 14 carries for 46 yards. In Week 2, veteran Darren Sproles got the bulk of the work with 10 carries for 48 yards. Second-year pro Wendell Smallwood has had brief cameos in both games, too.
So what’s in store for Blount, who scored 18 touchdowns with New England last season, against the New York Giants next week?
“You gotta ask Doug. I don’t know how things are gonna go next week. I can’t really prediction the future,” Blount said.
With Blount and the running game stymied for most of the afternoon, quarterback Carson Wentz faced plenty of pressure, both from the Kansas City defensive front and the Eagles needing his right arm to lead them to a victory.
It was too much, ESPN.com’s Tim McManus writes. The Eagles need balance, and 46 pass attempts from Wentz and 13 carries by running backs isn’t it.
“We’ve just got to get the whole thing fixed,” coach Doug Pederson told reporters. “When you play good teams like we did, good defenses, you have to have the ability to run the ball. This is two weeks in a row we’ve struggled, so it’s an area that we have to fix.”
On top of that, Wentz was under constant pressure from the Chiefs defensive front. He was sacked six times and was forced out of the pocket often. Wentz finished as the Birds’ leading rusher with 55 yards on the ground. McManus notes this could be an impediment to the offense in the long term.
“Sproles is not a season-long answer,” McManus writes. “Barring one of the other backs emerging, Wentz could be asked to do most of the heavy lifting throughout the season. That can be punishing work — he has been sacked eight times through two games — which is not ideal for a developing QB.”
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