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LeGarrette Blount's Outlook with the Eagles

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From being a 1,000 yards rusher as an undrafted rookie with the Bucs in 2010, to Super Bowl champion. Eagles newly acquired running back LeGarrette Blount has had quite the roller coaster ride of a career. After 8 years in the league Blount rolled with the Patriots last season tallying up 18 TDs, 1,161 yards on 299 carries. The question heading into this year’s fantasy football season is can he do it again with a different team? 


After the Patriots had a busy offseason signing a bunch of running backs not named LeGarrette Blount. The Eagles pulled the trigger and signed Blount on a one year contract. Blount should be used as an early down bruiser who can punch it in from the goal line. He joins pass catching specialist, running back Darren Sproles. The team still has Ryan Mathews under contract but are expected to release him once he passes a physical regarding his recent neck injury. The eagles also have sophomore RB Wendell Smallwood, Kenjon Barner and recently drafted Donnel Pumphrey. Blount should have no problem staying out on the field ahead of those guys.  

 The numbers that Blount produced in New England may be difficult replicate due to the Eagles just not having the same high-octane offense that we have grown accustomed to the Patriots having. In addition to adding Blount the Eagles have signed wide receivers Alshon Jefferey and Torrey Smith. They do still have Jordan Matthews and tight end Zack Ertz. This may lead to more passing and less running. Those 299 carries may come down closer to the 200 mark. 


If the Eagles maintain their run first style Blount could have an opportunity to get in the end-zone quite a bit this season. Last year the Eagles had the fifth most rush attempts inside the opponents five yard line. I believe the Eagles signed Blount to be their hammer to get in that end zone. Blount should have a low-end RB 2 floor with RB 1 upside.

Editor's note: Blount also had the most rushes inside of the 5 yard line

Top 10 backs from inside of the 5 *based of % of Fantasy points*

On fantasy football calculator, Blount is going as the 29th running back off the board. He has a great chance to get you a great return on investment in the early 7th round of you fantasy draft. My early prediction for Blount is 200 rushes, 800 yards and 8-10 touchdowns. In the 7th round you are likely taking chances anyway. Why not take a chance on a guy that we have seen rush for 1,000 yards before and just posted a league best 18 rushing touchdowns?
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