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LeGarrette Blount Joins Eagles' Backfield

Posted May 17, 2017

The Eagles provided quarterback Carson Wentz with another weapon on Wednesday morning by agreeing to terms with veteran running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal.

Blount led the NFL with a career-high and franchise-record 18 rushing touchdowns for the Patriots in 2016. He also surpassed the 1,100-yard mark for the first time in seven years finishing with 1,161 on 299 carries.

The 6-0, 250-pound Blount joins a backfield with veterans Ryan Mathews, Wendell Smallwood, and Darren Sproles along with rookies Donnel Pumphrey and Corey Clement. Byron Marshall is being cross-trained at running back and wide receiver.

NFL.com's Eliot Harrison wrote on Tuesday that the biggest question facing the Eagles is who will be the lead back? Blount was the top rusher for the Patriots in each of the past two seasons.

A rookie free agent out of Oregon in 2010, he originally signed with Tennessee, but landed with Tampa Bay after the preseason. He led all rookie running backs with 1,007 yards, becoming just the second undrafted rookie to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau in NFL history. In the final five games of the season, Blount gained 511 yards and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for December/January.

The Patriots originally acquired Blount in a trade with the Buccaneers in 2013. In his first year in New England, Blount gained 772 yards and averaged 5 yards per carry. Blount erupted for 166 yards and four touchdowns against Indianapolis in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

The following year, Blount started the year with the Steelers, but was released midseason. He reunited with the Patriots and helped them on the way to the Super Bowl by accounting for 148 yards and three scores in the AFC title game win over the Colts.

Blount gained 109 yards and scored a touchdown in the Patriots' three postseason contests last year, which ended with a second Super Bowl ring for the running back.

The Patriots are 7-1 with Blount in the playoffs with the 2013 AFC Championship Game loss to Denver as the only blemish on the record. In 2015, Blount landed on Injured Reserve with a hip injury, and did not play in the postseason.

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