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RB LeGarrette Blount - Philadelphia Eagles

6-1, 241Born: 12-5-1986College: OregonDrafted: ---

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Week 21: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Eagles running game has turned to Jay Ajayi, but what is interesting is that Jay Ajayi has started off tremendously in each of his last two games, but then has struggled throughout the second and third quarter as the defense gets in rhythm against the offense. Ajayi had 49 yards in the first quarter against the Falcons only to have 53 yards for the game. Against the Vikings, Ajayi had 20 yards on his first two carries, but only had two carries for three yards for the rest of the first half. This is a running attack that has to find more consistency in the Super Bowl in order to win this game. LeGarrette Blount has taken most of the short-yardage and goal-line work as the Eagles have tried to mix the roles of Ajayi, Blount and even Corey Clement who has filled in the third down roles. The Eagles are very strong on the offensive line with the exception of left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai who is filling in for the injured Jason Peters. Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, and Lane Johnson have all been very solid this season. The Patriots defensive front is one of the weaknesses on this team as their front seven is the one weak spot on their team. The linebackers of the Patriots have struggled this season as Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, Marquis Flower, and Jordan Roberts have all struggled at the linebacker position while Deatrich Rowe and James Harrison have struggled at the defensive end position. On the season, the Patriots allowed 4.8 yards per carry which was the second worst in the NFL. This is the matchup that will likely determine the Super Bowl this week as if the Eagles can consistently stick with Jay Ajayi they will win this game but if they get off to a strong start and then avoid him, then it could be a tough road for them in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs DAL 19 9 37 0 1 1 11 0 0 4.8
19 vs ATL 20 9 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.9
20 vs MIN 0 6 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 8.1
21 vs NE 24 14 90 1 0 0 0 0 0 15
21 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 7 * * 1 * * * *
21 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * 1 * * * *
21 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 8 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 20 vs MIN (6 / 21 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount continues his role as the short yardage back as he only saw six carries in this game, but was able to find the end-zone on an 11-yard run up the middle in which the offensive line did a great job creating a hole and Blount barreled into the end-zone carrying defenders who were unable to knock the big running back backwards.

2017 Week 19 vs ATL (9 / 19 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount was primarily used for short yardage carries in this game as he saw the goal line work this week. While he did score a one-yard touchdown on fourth and goal, he seemingly was not utilized except for short down plays which has been his role for the past few weeks and we expect this role to continue in the future.

2017 Week 17 vs DAL (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Blount was filling in for Jay Ajayi who did not play in this game due to rest. Blount who only played 25% of the snaps in this game, did lead the team in carries with nine as no other running back saw more than four carries. This was a typical LeGarrette Blount performance as he just was able to use his power to gain positive yards but did not have any memorable runs or break anything longer than a nine-yard carry

2017 Week 15 vs NYG (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount was only given 7 carries this week and was unable to do much of anything with them. He averaged 3 yards per carry and none of the work came on the goal line this week. Ajayi has slowly taken touches away from Blount and he now looks to be the expendable piece for the Eagles this offseason. With Kenjon Barner and Corey Clement starting to make noise behind him, Blount is going to continue to lose touches as the season wraps up.

2017 Week 14 vs LAR (7 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Blount was largely a non-factor in this game as he averaged just 1.7 yards per carry and was stuffed at the goal line on his one goal-line attempt from the half-yard line. Blount appears to be falling out of favor for this Eagles team.

2017 Week 13 vs SEA (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount was only on the field for 19% of the snaps in this game as when the team falls behind, he is not going to see much playing time. When he was on the field, he had a tough time getting anything going as he averaged just 3.2 yards per carry and his longest run was just 11 yards. These types of weeks are tough for Blount as his strength is not in pass-blocking or receiving. Expect him to see his normal workload in games the team is winning.

2017 Week 12 vs CHI (15 / 97 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount looked mobile in this game as he averaged 6.5 yards per game and even hurdled a defender in the second quarter. The offensive line absolutely dominated this Bears defense this week and if Blount gets to the second level he is very difficult to take down as we saw on a 35 yard run this week which unfortunately Blount fumbled at the end of it to take away an otherwise very strong run that took several defensive backs to bring him down. Blount once again led the team in snaps as he was on the field for 51% of the plays this week.

2017 Week 11 vs DAL (13 / 57 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount saw the most snaps this week for the Eagles as he was on the field for 47% of the snaps this week. Prior to the fourth quarter, Blount had really struggled to get anything going in this game but was able to break a 30-yard run in which he cut two yards into the backfield to elude an oncoming defensive player.

2017 Week 9 vs DEN (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount was only on the field for 16 snaps in this game which was the lowest since week two this season. Blount is the least explosive back on the team so far this season and his role going forward will be something to watch as he did start the game but did not see many carries after the first few drives.

2017 Week 8 vs SF (16 / 48 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

This was the type of game that we occasionally see from LeGarrette Blount where he just does not get much going early on but is able to wear down the defense late for some big yardage. Blount's last two carries of the game were 11 yards and 12 yards in which prior to that point he had just 14 carries for 25 yards. That 12-yard touchdown was a touchdown late in the game in this one. Blount was on the field for 50% of the teams play which is a season-high for the running back.

2017 Week 7 vs WAS (14 / 29 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Unfortunately for Blount, it looks like the Redskins game plan focused on stopping him rather than Carson Wentz. The big running back had no success running the ball and barely averaged 2 yards per carry. The majority of his 29 yards also came on one play with a 21-yard rush with 3 minutes left in the game. Blount had 8 yards on 13 carries to that point and was frustrated by the Redskins' defensive front all night. Blount was brought in to be the big back on the goal line. However, Blount was given the ball on the 4-yard line and he was stuffed for a 3-yard loss. Blount was unable to get going today but Wentz and the passing game more than made up for the frustrating running game. With a very weak 49ers defense coming to town next week, Blount should be able to get back on track.

2017 Week 6 vs CAR (14 / 67 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount has solidified himself as the lead running back in this backfield after starting the season off slow. Blount has gelled with this offensive line to continuously find holes created by Jason Kelce straight up the middle. Even on plays in which he was unable to have a hole, Blount would turn to his raw power in this game by putting his head down and carrying a defensive player a few yards before going down. Blount was able to find the end zone early in the third quarter on a one-yard play in which he was hit in the backfield and then hit again by Mike Adams carrying him into the end zone.

2017 Week 5 vs ARI (14 / 74 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With no Wendell Smallwood in this game, LeGarrette Blount saw the primary role as the running back this week. Blount continues to run the ball in his limited action on the field as he saw 26 snaps while carrying the ball 14 times on those 26 snaps. He continues to use his power behind this offensive line. Blount got off to a slow start in this game, but in the third quarter, he was able to have a run off the left tackle for about 25 yards untouched and then carry defenders for another 12 yards for a gain of 37 yards which was half of his total yardage on one carry. Outside of this run there really was not a lot to mention for Blount as he had 13 carries for 37 yards and one of those was a 14 yard run up the middle.

2017 Week 4 vs LAC (16 / 136 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

After not having a carry two weeks ago, the Eagles have turned back to Blount and he delivered in a big way this week. Blount is still not seeing a significant amount of snaps as he was only on the field for 26 snaps and saw 16 carries, so when he is on the field he is seeing a high percentage of carries. Blount looked explosive on a 68-yard run in which he broke several tackles and was able to show a little bit of speed after breaking three tackles and cutting the ball outside only to be brought down inside the ten. Blount showed significant power in this game as he was difficult for the Chargers to tackle in a one on one situation as it often took several Chargers to bring him down.

2017 Week 3 vs NYG (12 / 67 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount after not being on the field much in week two as he only had six snaps had 12 carries including a touchdown from inside the one yard-line. Most impressive from Blount was his ability to get yards on those carries as he averaged 5.6 yards per carry including a 20-yard run which was Blount's longest carry of the season so far. On the play, Blount followed Jason Kelce who pulled from the center position to be the lead blocker and leave a huge hole for Blount to run through.

2017 Week 2 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount did not have a carry in this game and only saw six snaps. He did catch one pass, but for the time being it appears that he has dropped out of favor in this offense.

2017 Week 1 vs WAS (14 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)

LeGarrette Blount answered the question this week on whether he would receive a full workload of carries as he out carried Wendell Smallwood 14 to 4. Blount was only on the field for 23 total plays. This is going to be a situation to watch all year as while Blount had the carries his longest run was only 7 yards and he only averaged 3.3 yards per carry. Wentz did find Blount for a receiving touchdown on a one yard pass on the goal line which was a nice bonus as this was his only target that he had in this game.


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