LeGarrette Blount announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, but not before making an interesting point about how valuable he really was.
Blount contended on “The Pat McAfee Show” that neither the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots have been able to replace him since he left, as teams believe running backs are too replaceable.
“If you got a nice a running back, [teams] think that in the next couple years there might be another nice running back like you or another nice running back like you,” Blount said, via Ty Anderson of 98.5 The Sports Hub. “To this day, I don’t think the Eagles have been able to replace me and to this day I don’t think the Patriots have been able to replace me.”
The Patriots have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Blount’s departure, and he scored 18 rushing touchdowns with them in 2016. Still, the Patriots won a Super Bowl without him playing a major role in the playoffs, and he didn’t do a ton with the Eagles either.
Ultimately, Blount can say what he wants. He has some pretty good evidence to point to how important he was to multiple teams.
Veteran running back LeGarrette Blount may have a route back into the NFL with the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders, currently in the hunt for a running back, brought Blount in for a workout Wednesday, along with former Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough.
The 32-year-old Blount hasn’t played since he was with the Detroit Lions in 2018. He’s been a complementary back for much of his career, though he’s only three years removed from surpassing 1,000 yards and leading the league with 18 rushing touchdowns with the New England Patriots.
If nothing else, Blount is good at landing on teams with Super Bowl ambitions. That probably isn’t the Raiders this season, but he’s been around a while and could prove helpful.
Matthew Stafford did not play well in the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Thursday and really has not been too swell all season. Regardless, he still has the support of at least one of his offensive teammates.
LeGarrette Blount, who scored two touchdowns in the 23-16 defeat, defended Stafford after the game. He called his teammate “elite.”
Though Blount says it’s not fair to put the whole loss on the quarterback, it’s very easy to point to Stafford’s play at the end of the game as a big problem.
Stafford threw an ugly pick six to break a tie with around six minutes left. It came on the first play of Detroit’s possession after they were handed great field position. Then on the next drive, with Detroit trying to tie the game, Stafford threw an interception in the end zone with 1:11 left to essentially seal the defeat.
This was not a good game from Stafford. They simply need him to play better.
The NFL handed out its list of fines for unnecessary roughness in Week 2 games, with several players on the list.
Numerous fines came out of Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee’s ugly hit on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. Kazee was fined, as was Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith for retaliating.
Also fined was Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount, who came off the bench during Sunday’s game and shoved San Francisco 49ers linebacker Elijah Lee for a perceived hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
At the moment, Kazee is appealing his fine. There is no word on whether any of the other players will do the same.
There are plenty of running backs in NFL history who are more accomplished than LeGarrette Blount, but few are more bejeweled.
Blount has been a part of three Super Bowl-winning teams during his career. He was on the 2014 and 2016 New England Patriots, and he also was a part of the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. That means he now has three Super Bowl rings, which he shared in a photo on Twitter Monday:
Now that is a pretty sight. Blount previously said that he would wear the Eagles ring on his left middle finger. He appears to wear the Patriots rings on his right middle finger and lefty pinkie finger.
Don’t discount his role on those championship teams, either. Blount has rushed for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 career playoff games. He was also the center of the Patriots’ rushing attack for the 2016 season as he led the league with 18 touchdowns and had a career-high 1,161 yards.
The Detroit Lions were in the market for a running back, and it looks like they’ve found their man.
LeGarrette Blount has agreed to a one-year deal with Detroit for $4.5 million, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. That’s a hefty price for any running back, and even more so for Blount. The veteran played for around $1 million in 2016 and won a Super Bowl with the Patriots. Then he made $1.25 million last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, for whom he won another Super Bowl. Quadrupling his salary has to feel like a big win.
Blount, 31, was viewed as potentially being on the roster bubble entering the season but carved out a role for himself on the Eagles. He rushed for 766 yards on 173 carries, good for a strong 4.4 average.
The Lions also had DeMarco Murray and Frank Gore in for visits, but new head coach Matt Patricia is getting one of his former Patriots players.
Doug Pederson has invited a Hall of Famer who also happens to be a former teammate of his to give the Philadelphia Eagles a pep talk the day before the Super Bowl, and we know at least one veteran player who is not going to be star struck over it.
Earlier in the week, Pederson announced that Brett Favre is going to address the Eagles at their team hotel on Saturday morning. When asked on Thursday if he has any specific questions for Favre, running back LeGarrette Blount worked in a zinger.
Blount, of course, won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, whom he will face in Super Bowl LII.
Pederson was Favre’s backup when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl back in 1997, so you can understand the connection. Still, some have wondered why Eagles players would want a Packers legend — one who didn’t play all that long ago — trying to fire them up with a speech.
Blount was obviously just trying to be funny. If anyone decides asks Favre about the recent lawsuit that was filed against him, then things could get a little bit weird.
Anything can happen in one single NFL game. Little-known players can have the game of their lives as they step up and play like a star. That’s true even in high-profile games like the Super Bowl. All you have to do is look at the list of MVPs for confirmation of that. You have your usual luminaries — Tom Brady has won the award four times, Eli Manning has claimed it twice, and Von Miller has his name on it as well. However, you can also spot lesser-known names like Dexter Jackson for Tampa Bay in 2003 and Malcolm Smith beating out everyone from the famed Legion of Boom to claim the honor in 2014 for the Seattle Seahawks. When the Patriots won the Super Bowl last season, it was James White with a huge game. In their victory over Seattle, Malcolm Butler stepped up with the play of the game.
Which under-the-radar players could take Super Bowl LII by storm? Here’s a look at ten candidates.
1) James White, RB, Patriots
White doesn’t get a ton of carries, but you’ll remember what he’s capable of if you watched last year’s Super Bowl. He’s the Patriots’ primary backfield receiving threat, and while he’s not going to get a ton of carries, only three Patriots had more receptions this season than White did. He’s already proven once that he’s capable of changing a playoff game. The Eagles will have to take care to ensure that he doesn’t do it to them as well.
2) Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles
LeGarrette Blount’s role with the Philadelphia Eagles has been greatly diminishing over the past month, but the veteran running back does not seem bothered by it.
The eighth-year back is acting like a consummate professional by focusing on the team while his personal stats and activity drop off.
“It’s just something you can’t be frustrated and you can’t be mad about when you’re 12-2,” Blount said this week via Pennlive.com. “When you’ve won 12 games and only lost two, there’s nothing to argue about. Whatever we’re doing that’s making it work, we’re going to continue to do it, whether you’re a part of it or not, whether you’re getting the ball a lot or not.”
Blount has been the focus of questions about his role on the team since training camp. There were rumors that he was on the roster bubble, but he made the active roster. He even saw a big boost in action after Darren Sproles’ injury and performed quite well. But after the team acquired Jay Ajayi at the trade deadline, his carries decreased.
Blount has not received more than eight carries in any of the Eagles’ last three games. He has not rushed for more than 26 yards in any of the last three games. As long as the team keeps winning, it sounds like he won’t be complaining.
Whether it was a matter of players going down with injuries, failing to produce, or teams blowing games, there were plenty of disappointments in Week 14 of the NFL. We saw the Browns do their usual thing, a fight between a player and fans in Jacksonville, and even league officials not protecting a player the way they should have.
Here’s a look at the 15 biggest disappointments from Week 14.
This was it. This was the chance. The Browns were at home and entered the fourth quarter with a 21-7 lead on the Green Bay Packers. Brett Hundley isn’t exactly an outstanding quarterback, and it seemed unlikely that he’d be able to drag the Packers back from two scores down. This is the Browns, though, and with the Browns all things are possible as long as they’re negative things. A game-tying touchdown with 17 seconds left was followed by a horrible DeShone Kizer overtime interception, and that was that. 0-16 seems more likely than ever.
Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
Carr and the Raiders finally had a chance to make up for most of their tumultuous season. They had the Kansas City Chiefs head-to-head with the opportunity to move ahead of them in the standings — a scenario that seemed impossible even a month ago. The Chiefs’ defense hadn’t been performing well, which should have led to Carr feasting. He didn’t. He was picked off twice while throwing for 211 yards and one touchdown. They didn’t score in the game until garbage time, which was also where he ran up his yardage total. How bad was Carr? He fell on the sword for his performance in this one.