LeGarrette Blount explains why he left Patriots for Eagles

  • LeGarrette Blount explains why he left Patriots for Eagles

LeGarrette Blount explains why he left Patriots for Eagles

But when you consider what Blount has done as a Patriot and the historic season that he just had in New England, it is unusual that his departure hasn't met with more acrimony or fan apprehension.

Seems like a fair question. That should be amended because not only was 2016 LeGarrette Blount's best season, it is the best season by a Patriots running back EVER. He thinks the Patriots are okay without Blount and added that they would not have let him go if they will miss him.

Last season, Wentz finished his rookie campaign passing for 3,782 yards with 16 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

Everyone loves Blount in New England. "Tom (Brady) is an fantastic player". He's a smart player. Carson (Wentz) is one of the type of players you want to build around.

LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday.

"This is a flawless fit for me", Blount said to reporters. The Eagles generally do not. I've been in the backfield by myself before; I don't have a problem with it.

Of course, Blount probably won't be under pressure to produce the kind of numbers he put up a year ago for the Patriots.

And Blount is joining a West Coast offense that doesn't appear to be an ideal fit for his skill set.

What coach Doug Pederson will likely want him to do is move the pile in short-yardage and goal-line situations. And they're a really good team.

"He's a really talented player", Blount said. "I've done everything I wanted to do". I like the way they do things around here and the way they play ball.

Is there a minimum number of carries he needs?

Blount joins a running back group in Philadelphia that includes Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey (Ryan Mathews is on the roster, but is expected to be cut once healthy). "I split time with Stevan Ridley, I split time with Cadillac Williams. It doesn't bother me".

"The weight I need to be at", he said with a smile.

None of the Eagles' remaining backs are three-down backs. Management probably hopes that doesn't entail getting pulled over with 20 grams of weed, as in August 2014, when Blount and then-second-year Steelers back Le'Veon Bell were arrested in Ross Township, near Pittsburgh. I've split the load with guys before, so it doesn't bother me. So I want to be a part of that.

Indeed, Blount seemed to take pains not to come off as the marquee guy with the rings coming here to show the losers how to win. The chance of making the team have a championship run. But it happens in Foxboro and the collective thought is along the lines of: "Well, Bill must really see something in White long term and I'm sure Gillislee will work out".

"I've been a part of something special before. So I think that plays a big factor in it". (The Eagles) have a culture of their own. "I don't think you need to bring the culture of any team over here". In week 17 against Buffalo, in the pouring December rain, Blount amassed 189 yards on just 24 carries with 2 touch downs. "No team goes out there not to win".

The reason why the Eagles or any team in the National Football League wouldn't hand out long-term contracts could range anywhere from lack of confidence in the player to continue to perform to uncertainty in the fit.