Eagles sign LeGarrette Blount, expected to release Ryan Mathews

Blount's signing likely pushes Mathews out of Philadelphia.

| 2 weeks ago
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Eagles sign LeGarrette Blount, expected to release Ryan Mathews

  • RB LeGarrette Blount, now 30-years old, has signed with the Eagles after being linked with the Giants and Lions.
  • Blount performed best running power (3.98 yards per carry) and inside zone (4.03 YPC) concepts with New England last season. The Eagles heavily used inside zone runs in 2016 and power will likely see an increase in 2017 – even if inside zone usage is dialed back due to alterations in personnel.
  • One possible explanation is the increased influence of Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who ran primarily gap-scheme assignments with the Crimson Tide.
  • Mathews (23.2) ranked 47 of 53 running backs in elusive rating last year while Blount (37.3) ranked 25th, forcing 42 missed tackles in the rushing game alone.
  • Blount and Mathews both performed well in short yardage situations. Blount converted 10-of-25 3rd/4th & short situations in 2016 (40 percent), while Mathews converted five of 13 opportunities (38.5 percent).
  • Durability and ball-security questions have Mathews on the roster bubble. However, Blount is no stranger to those issues, but might better balance the Eagles’ running back rotation.

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Ryan Smith has been an analyst for Pro Football Focus since 2015. He is featured on the weekly ACC podcast, and is also the Philadelphia Eagles Media Correspondent for PFF.

  • Childress

    Blount’s value for Bill Belichick cratered when he he left himself get stripped in the SB. The coach HATES fumbles.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Bill’s facial expression changes about once a decade so how would we know when he’s got a hate on? Your not going to dump a guy simply because he fumbled in the SB….even Walter Payton did that.