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RB LeGarrette Blount - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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Blount won't get 18 rushing touchdowns like he did last year in New England, but it's not difficult to imagine him equalling or even bettering Ryan Mathews' eight from last year for the Eagles. If he does that, Blount should contribute at least 5-6 scoring weeks for best ball teams at running back, which is a fine return on the mid-round pick he will cost in drafts.

Summary

LeGarrette Blount has had a strange NFL career. A strong rookie season in Tampa Bay was followed up by dwindling usage in his 2nd and 3rd seasons. He landed in New England in 2013 and was a part-time contributor, but the team didn't fight to keep him and Blount signed with the Steelers in 2014. He wore out his welcome immediately in Pittsburgh and was released mid-season, being added back into the Patriots fold. He continued in a part-time role for the next few years. Last season, at 30 years old and on a roster full of other talented, arguably more versatile, running backs -- Blount had a career year. The 6'1", 241-lb bruiser rushed for 1,161 yards and scored EIGHTEEN (18) rushing touchdowns for the Super Bowl champions. In spite of his heroics, the Patriots went in a different direction this offseason including the additions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. Blount eventually found a new home in Philadelphia. On paper, it's an excellent fit as the Eagles had the league's smallest running backs exiting the NFL draft. Blount should fit in as a key part of a running back committee and serve as the main option on conventional 1st and 2nd down run plays, short yardage and the goal line. The one concern for fantasy owners is Blount's troubling history outside of his time in New England. Presuming he's matured (he'll turn 31 years old this season), he has an opportunity to be a fantasy-relevant commodity particularly in non-PPR leagues. (August 12)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 38, 28, 29, 30, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 35, 36, 41, 41, 44, 47, 47, 48, 52
RB Redraft PPR - 41, 29, 30, 30, 33, 35, 35, 36, 38, 41, 41, 41, 42, 42, 47, 47, 50, 52, 57
RB Dynasty - 48, 36, 38, 46, 49, 52

Stats and Projections

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2014 NE/PIT 21 185 828 8 16 14 72 0 1
2015 NE 12 165 703 6 7 6 43 1
2016 NE 16 299 1161 18 8 7 38 0 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 140 * * 3 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 190 * * 6 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 15 180 * * 7 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 135 * * 5 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 78
RB: 30
Overall-PPR: 88
RB-PPR: 34

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Latest News

Eagles | LeGarrette Blount gets vote of confidence (Tue Aug 22, 12:46 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount is a 'beast of a runner' and going to be 'a big part of our offense,' according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Our View: Reports about Blount having a weight problem and speculation about his roster spot being in danger have been flying around. Pederson seems to crush that sentiment with these comments. Fantasy owners should just know that Blount hasn't been overly impressive (five carries, eight yards against the Bills last week) in the preseason. His fantasy stock is cooled down with the regular season right around the corner.
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Eagles | LeGarrette Blount having weight issues (Mon Aug 21, 11:05 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount has been having 'weight issues' and looked 'disappointing in practice,' which is why it's possible he might not make the final roster.

Our View: Blount was supposed to be the battering ram for the Eagles offense, but there has been speculation that he won't even make the 53-man roster. Eagles coach Doug Pederson insists that Blount will be a big part of the offense, so for now it looks like his roster spot and starting job are safe despite reports/indications to the contrary.
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Eagles | LeGarrette Blount not guaranteed roster spot (Sun Aug 20, 11:44 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount has struggled to get to the corner on off-tackle runs and has only nine carries for 17 yards through two preseason games, leading Matt Lombardo of NJ.com to conclude Blount may be among the team's cuts this summer.

Our View: Blount wasn't exactly impressive scoring 18 touchdowns last year - they were mostly a product of the Patriots offense dominance. It's difficult to make a strong case for drafting Blount at ADP.
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Eagles | LeGarrette Blount held in check (Thu Aug 17, 10:54 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount rushed for eight yards on five carries in the preseason game against Buffalo Bills Thursday, Aug. 17. He also caught two passes for 15 yards during the game.

Our View: Blount will likely start to open the season, but Wendell Smallwood could threaten his workload. This is looking like a three, if not four back backfield, with Blount only having value when he scores.
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Eagles | LeGarrette Blount unimpressive so far (Tue Aug 15, 10:49 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount 'hasnít exactly stood out' during training camp so far, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane.

Our View: Blount isn't a flashy player, but he's a battering ram who can grind it out between the tackles. With no live tackling in practice, it would be difficult for a player like him to really stand out.
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