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LeGarrette Blount lashes out at fantasy owners after one-touch game

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LeGarrette Blount was essentially a non-factor in the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but he doesn’t care if that ruined your chance at winning your fantasy football matchup.

After he recorded zero carries and caught just one pass for no yards, Blount got tired of seeing fantasy football owners complain about his performance, so he fired back on Twitter. Beware that the tweet contains a curse word:

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Blount then responded to a follower who called him an “entitled n—-r,” which obviously takes things to a level they don’t need to go.

We all know how most players feel about fantasy football. Blount is probably more concerned that the Eagles decided to ignore him with Sunday’s game plan, though he took the high road when asked about his lack of involvement.

LeGarrette Blount deflects questions after going without a carry

LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount remained a good soldier despite going without a carry for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Blount only had one touch — a reception that went for no yards — and no carries in the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Chiefs. After the game, he was asked about his lack of carries. Blount maintained a good team attitude and deflected all questions. He kept saying that his lack of carries was a result of the way the game went.

“You can’t really argue with a future Hall of Famer being in front of you,” Blount said of Darren Sproles leading the team with 10 carries for 48 yards.

Blount also said that any questions about his future role with the team were best directed to head coach Doug Pederson.

Blount’s answers are reflective of the situation. The Eagles only ran the ball 13 times not including rushes by quarterback Carson Wentz. Blount is more of a short-yardage and goal-line back for Philly, so they just had few reasons to call his number. But given their lack of production on the ground, they may want to reconsider their strategy.

Questions about Blount’s role with the team are nothing new; we saw this all throughout the preseason and really shouldn’t be surprised.

LeGarrette Blount fires back at critics of his slow preseason

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LeGarrette Blount hasn’t done a whole lot to excite Philadelphia Eagles fans during the preseason this year, and there has been a lot of speculation about him potentially not making the 53-man roster. But after Thursday night’s exhibition game, Blount made it clear he pays no mind to the haters.

While he finally broke a nice run of 16 yards, Blount totaled just three more yards on his other three carries against the Miami Dolphins. He has now rushed for just 36 yards on 13 carries in three preseason games, but the veteran insists it is nothing to be concerned about.

“We’re not game-planning. We’re not any of that,” Blount said, via Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. “So, you’ve just got to wipe away the noise, don’t pay attention to what you guys say. It’s not all of you guys, but you don’t pay attention to (critics).

“I just put it like this: go tell them to go out there and run a couple of the runs I run and see how many yards they get.”

Eagles coach Doug Pederson made similar remarks about game-planning, and there is probably a lot of truth behind that. Teams aren’t tailoring anything to their particular opponents in the preseason, which is why Blount says paying attention to the numbers is pointless.

“This is when you get on the same page,” he said. “This is when, as a running back, you can figure out how your linemen work together, how they block things together, how they work as a unit. So, this is when you figure that out, so it is important.

“But the numbers? Na.”

With Blount, I think the numbers only matter to fans because a certain level of skepticism about him already exists. He scored an NFL-leading 18 rushing touchdowns last season, but he did it while playing behind Tom Brady. Blount will have to prove he can succeed outside of New England and put some of the concerns about his conditioning to rest.

Doug Pederson: LeGarrette Blount will be ‘a big part of our offense’

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There have been some rumblings that LeGarrette Blount may not make the Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-man roster after he has looked unimpressive in the preseason, but head coach Doug Pederson put that talk to rest on Tuesday.

Pederson was asked about Blount’s roster security, to which he responded that the 30-year-old running back is a “beast” and will have a big role in Philly’s backfield.

Blount has rushed for just 17 yards on nine carries this preseason. While preseason essentially means nothing, he has looked slower than usual. It should also be a concern for Eagles fans that Bill Belichick chose not to bring Blount back for cheap money after he rushed for an NFL-best 18 touchdowns last season.

If a recent report we heard about Blount’s conditioning is true, perhaps he can address the problem before Week 1.

Report: LeGarrette Blount dealing with weight issues at Eagles camp

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LeGarrette Blount apparently hasn’t had his best foot forward in Philly so far.

Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reported on Monday that Blount has disappointed in Eagles training camp and has dealt with weight issues, even going so far as to question if the veteran back is a lock for the final roster.

The 30-year-old Blount, who is officially listed at 250 pounds, signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with Philadelphia this offseason. While his bulky build is largely germane to his power running style, reports earlier this week had indeed suggested that Blount could be on the roster bubble. With how crowded the Eagles backfield is this season, not even last year’s rushing touchdowns leader may be safe if he doesn’t get his act together soon.

LeGarrette Blount on roster bubble with Eagles?

LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount was an exciting addition for Philadelphia Eagles fans after his outstanding season with the New England Patriots last year, but is there a chance the veteran may not make it to the regular season?

Blount has rushed for just 17 yards on nine carries in two preseason games. While it’s never wise to get worked up about the preseason, he’s on the wrong side of 30 and has reportedly looked slow — yes, even slower than usual. In a piece he wrote for NJ.com over the weekend, Matt Lombardo speculated that Blount could be one of the veterans the Eagles end up cutting.

The 30-year-old has struggled to get to the corner on off-tackle runs and it appears as though the workload of last season’s 299 carries with the New England Patriots last season.

In Doug Pederson’s offense, running backs are asked to catch the ball out of the backfield and run off tackle more often than not, neither of which are the strengths of Blount’s game.

The Patriots could have re-signed Blount for fairly cheap money, so that is a bad sign if you believe in Bill Belichick’s uncanny ability to identify when players are about to begin their decline. In reality, Blount’s 1,161 rushing yards and league-leading 18 touchdowns in 2016 were more a product of New England’s high-powered offense and frequency of trips to the goal line.

Carson Wentz could take a big step forward this season now that he has Alshon Jeffery to throw to, but Tom Brady he is not. A 30-year-old Blount is unlikely to thrive outside of the Patriots’ system. The Eagles may be already starting to realize that.

LeGarrette Blount signs with Eagles

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Former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has finally found a home in free agency.

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to sign Blount to a one-year contract. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the deal could be worth up to $2.8 million.

Blount had a career year in 2016, rushing for 1,161 yards and an NFL-best 18 touchdowns. The Eagles were in need of a power back, as they drafted two small, athletic backs last month and are expected to release veteran Ryan Mathews this offseason.

With the Patriots having signed Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead in addition to extending James White, it’s no surprise they chose not to bring back Blount.

LeGarrette Blount receives rare tender from Patriots

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LeGarrette Blount received a rare contract tender that could increase his chances of returning to the New England Patriots.

Blount, who is an unrestricted free agent, received a May 9 tender from the Pats, according to Pro Football Talk.

The tender does two things.

It allows Blount to continue pursuing a deal with another team, but the Pats would receive 2018 compensation if he signs elsewhere. If Blount does not sign elsewhere prior to July 22, he can only return to the Patriots between July 22 and Week 10 of the season. The offer is for 110 percent of Blount’s 2016 pay, which was $1 million.

The offer means the Patriots are still interested in having Blount back, just at the right price. This is somewhat of a surprise considering the Pats signed Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislie this offseason.

Blount was a valuable member of the team as he scored 18 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,100 yards last season.

Report: LeGarrette Blount, Giants have ‘mutual interest’

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With Adrian Peterson having officially announced on Tuesday that he is signing with the New Orleans Saints, fellow veteran running back LeGarrette Blount could be the next domino to fall.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that Blount and the New York Giants have “mutual interest.”

The Giants are still looking to bolster their backfield after they released Rashad Jennings back in February, and they were said to be kicking the tires on Peterson. Now that A.P. is off the market, Blount might be their best option.

Blount is coming off a career year with the Patriots in which he rushed for 1,161 yards and led the NFL with 18 rushing scores. However, he was reportedly unwilling to play for the same $1 million salary New England gave him in 2016, and it seems like the Patriots have signed a player from a division rival to replace Blount.

It’s unclear if Blount has options outside of the Giants at the moment, so he may end up being disappointed with the salary they offer.

Report: Giants have interest in Adrian Peterson, LeGarrette Blount

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The New York Giants are still looking to bolster their backfield after they released Rashad Jennings back in February, but that does not mean they are willing to spend a fortune on the position.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Giants have interest in free agent veterans Adrian Peterson and LeGarrette Blount. However, they have no intention of overpaying for either — especially before the NFL Draft.

This year’s draft class is considered very deep at the running back position, which is not helping guys like Peterson and Blount. Both are on the wrong side of 30, and teams would rather wait to see if they can address the position in the draft.

Blount’s days with the Patriots seem to be over, assuming the Bills don’t match New England’s offer sheet to Mike Gillislee. Peterson has been linked to one other team in recent days, but that team also seems content to wait until after the draft. Patience seems like the only option for guys like Peterson and Blount.