With a number of starting running backs changing teams this offseason, former All-Pro running back and current NFL Network analyst Maurice Jones-Drew ranked which rusher is in the best situation to thrive in 2017. Jones-Drew believes that Blount will be the most productive of the nine backs on his list.
"The Eagles have a solid offensive line and players who can loop on both edges," Jones-Drew wrote. "The thing the Eagles were missing last season was a big ground game. Blount fits the mold and should get a bevy of touches in Philly."
Blount led the NFL as he set a career and franchise record with 18 rushing touchdowns last season for the New England Patriots. He also had 299 rushing attempts for 1,161 yards, both also personal bests. Even though he's 30 years old, Blount doesn't have the wear and tear that most backs his age possess. Blount's 1,168 regular season carries are way fewer than the totals accumulated by the likes of Marshawn Lynch (2,144) and Adrian Peterson (2,418), who will also be wearing new uniforms this year.
Jones-Drew projects at least 250 carries, 1,100 yards, and 12 touchdowns for Blount in midnight green. Ryan Mathews led the team with 661 yards on 155 carries although he had eight trips to the end zone.
"The physical back has the ability to carry defenders 3 to 4 yards. His presence will help sophomore quarterback Carson Wentz, because opponents will have to load the box with Blount in the backfield," Jones-Drew wrote.