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LeGarrette Blount to the Eagles

Not since Greg Bell suited up for the 1990 Raiders a year after scoring 15 rushing touchdowns for the Rams has a single-season rushing touchdown leader played for a different team the next season. Sadly, Bell’s landmark is now consigned to history, after the Eagles signed former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal. Going into the offseason, RB seemed to be a position of serious need for the Eagles, with only second-year back Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles set to be on the roster. Ryan Mathews, the leading rusher from 2016, was still suffering from a neck injury, and once he passed a physical always seemed likely to be on his way. No RB was signed during the first wave of free agency, but Donnel Pumphrey was taken in the draft and former Wisconsin tailback Corey Clement caught on as an UDFA. Pumphrey was, in my eyes, taken with the goal of replacing Sproles in the long run, but the Eagles seem to have finally addressed their need for an early down thumper by signing Blount. But does he still hold fantasy value?

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By Neil Dutton | @ndutton13 | Archive

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