If you thought playing for the great Bill Belichick was a challenge, running back LeGarrette Blount now has an even larger task ahead of him.
The Philadelphia Eagles have not won an NFL championship since 1960. Over the past three seasons, power running back LeGarrette Blount won a pair of Super Bowl rings with the Pats.
What in the wild, wild world of scrapple are we talking about? At the moment, Blount is listed at 6’0” and 250 pounds on his age on NFL.com. That’s perfect if it’s accurate. And that’s because (via Field Yates of ESPN) one of the newer member of the Eagles’ backfield can earn a $50,000 bonus if he weighs between 240 and 250 pounds on the first day of training camp. The Birds’ facility is the NovaCare Training Complex and the date is July 26.
Let’s be Blount. There are fewer cities in the country that offer the kind of culinary temptations which have made the City of Brotherly Love a must-visit. From cheese steaks and roast pork sandwiches to those unique soft pretzels and much, much more. Talk about food for thought? Philadelphia certainly has its share of food greatness.
Of course, the real issue at hand is improving the Eagles’ ground attack. And head coach Doug Pederson hopes to do that with Blount. The veteran running back signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Eagles in mid-May. He comes off a season in which he totaled career bests in carries (299) and rushing yards (1,161). Blount also scored 18 touchdowns, second in the NFL behind only Arizona’s David Johnson (20).
In all seriousness, Blount could very well be the piece the Eagles’ ground attack has been missing as of late. And he knows something about playing for and winning a Lombardi Trophy. If all goes well with Blount and his weight, perhaps the wait for a Philly Super Bowl title could end sooner than later.