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Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount not worried about his age, not telling his weight

Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount not worried about his age, not telling his weight
Published On: Fri, May 19
Feb 7, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount celebrates during Super Bowl LI Champions parade through downtown Boston. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

LeGarrette Blount is 30, an often unwelcome age in the NFL " especially for running backs. On the day Blount signed his one-year deal with the Eagles, Philadelphias new running back said his health is great and expressed optimism about his place with the Eagles after winning a Super Bowl with New England last season.

To play a full season, play every game, every carry that they gave me, I feel great, I feel amazing, Blount said of how he feels at 30. The thing I do most is I make sure I stay on a healthy diet. As long as I eat good and maintain my weight, Im pretty good at it. Its easy to stay healthy at that point.

The Eagles are hoping that there are still quality carries left in his sizable frame. They are taking on Blount after he totaled a career-high 299 carries last season, but his career workload is not as significant. He has 1,168 rushes since entering the NFL in 2010, which ranks 16th among active rushers. Thats fewer career carries than former Eagles LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray, both of whom remain in their prime and were among the top rushers in the NFL last season.

Heading for his eighth NFL season, Blount said he can play as many \[years\] as I need to play. The Eagles only need him to play this year " thats how long his contract lasts.

Blount will take the field for the Eagles during organized team activities next week, but his size was apparent even in an Eagles T-shirt on Thursday. At his listed weight of 250 pounds, Blount is bigger than any linebacker on the Eagles. The internet offers different weights for Blount, and he was uninterested in clearing up any discrepancy by sharing what the scale reads.

Im the weight I need to be at, Blount said.

That size is what the Eagles backfield needs. Hes clearly the pounder in the Eagles group, and his effectiveness in short-yardage and goal-line situations will be a welcome addition.

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