Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

LeGarrette Blount explains why he left Patriots for Eagles

The Eagles acquired one of the best free agents still available on the market this week by signing veteran running back LeGarrette Blount.

A huge piece of the puzzle.

Running back LaGarrette Blount set boundaries during his first press conference with the Eagles Thursday. "I've done everything I wanted to do".

Likewise, Blount views the signings of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, his former teammate defensive end Chris Long, as further evidence that the Eagles are in full fledged win-now mode. He was equally as impressive in short-yardage situations, where he converted 13 of 19 attempts. "So I think that plays a big factor in it". The Buccaneers picked him up and he rushed for 1,007 yards. "I've been part of something special before, and you just get the feeling they have something special here". "I just want to fit in". Before I do all that, I have to go out here and learn the offense, learn the playbook, learn what I'm going to be good at, what I'm going to be required and recommended to do.

"He's a really talented player", Blount said.

LeGarrette Blount could have returned to the New England Patriots for the 2017 season if he wanted.

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Blount added: "I chose the Eagles for the reason of me fitting in really good here, (and) the chance of me making the team, having a championship run, having a banner season". I've split time with Stevan Ridley (in New England), I've split time with Cadillac Williams (in Tampa).

Blount, who will turn 31 in December, is coming off a career season for the Super Bowl champion Patriots.

Last season, Wentz finished his rookie campaign passing for 3,782 yards with 16 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

None of the Eagles' remaining backs are three-down backs. And, heck, Pederson isn't exactly known for running the football. "I wouldn't necessarily put a number on (how many carries he needs), but after a few, you can kind of tell".

When asked about the history of Philly sports, Blount said he wants to be remembered as one of the greats. I'm a basketball fan in general, so no matter how good or bad the team is, I just like the games.

If he didn't sign with a team before the deadline, the Patriots would be the only team he could sign with this year. "I'm very excited to be here and compete with those guys, and hopefully, make some room for myself". I like the way they do things around here. Although Schrager emphasized that there are not many players who left Foxborough and achieved success with different teams.

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