LeGarrette Blount has come forward with a name for someone he suggest has the potential to be a very special player indeed. The name he dropped recently was the QB for the Philadelphia Eagles, Carson Wentz. Since spending the a fair chunk of the past four seasons in huddles with the likes of Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, Blount now sounds very keen to receive carries from the newest quarterback in the form of Wentz.
In a recent press conference Blount stated that “He’s a really talented player,” going on to say of Wentz “Obviously, he’s one of the better quarterbacks of his draft class and generation. I think he has the potential to be a really special player. He has all the tools that are needed, and all the grind that is needed, and he has the mindset to maximize his ability if he just continues to work hard. Carson is one of those guys you want to build a team around.”
Blount should know what he’s talking about having lined up behind a promising young first-round quarterback previously. Back in 2010 he signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent where he joined forces with the mighty Josh Freeman at the time. That turned out to be Freeman’s career-best season of 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions and they both had an equally productive 2010 campaign. Blount himself reached the 1,000-yard plateau, a feat he didn’t accomplish again until the season just past.
Blount is seen as the latest weapon for the Eagles’ this offseason having signed with them recently. The 250 pound ‘bulldozer’ is seen to give the Eagles a more rugged, even veteran, game presence have already bolstered their aerial attack with acquisitions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith thus far.
Blount said recently “I’m one of the older backs here, so I definitely want to make sure the young guys stay on the right track”. Asked what he thought of the team so far, he added “They have a great group here, especially (Darren) Sproles, (Donnel) Pumphrey, (Wendell) Smallwood. All those guys. They’ve got a lot of good guys here.”
Breaking down the official NFL stats, the Eagles were one of NFL’s the worst teams in short-yardage scenarios last season. Ranking a measly 26th in first down percentage on runs (57.1 percent) and 21st in yards per carry (2.7) in those play situations. The signing of Blount is seen to address some of those shortcomings with the 30-year-old bruiser’s skill set nicely complimenting the rest of Philly’s backfield.
The player was leading the league with 5.4 yards per carry on third- and fourth-and-short. He’s now becoming the latest piece of a team that he has high expectations for.
It sounds like it’s the best move for the veteran running back who said “I chose this place as a place that I wanted to be” he added “A lot of guys that are here are going to be a big part of why this team is going to be successful in the future. So I want to be a part of that. I’ve been part of something special before, and you just get the feeling they have something special here.”
Only time will tell how Blount’s predictions will play out this off-season but one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be an exciting watch!