LeGarrette Blount on ‘great’ health: ‘I’m at the weight I need to be at’
LeGarrette Blount is listed at 250 pounds but speculation abounds as to whether or not that’s what the scale reads when he steps on it. And he isn’t about to discuss it, either.
Despite questions this week concerning his true weight after signing with the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday on a one-year, $2.8 million deal, Blount refused to divulge such information, saying, “I’m at the weight I need to be at.”
Blount of course is on the wrong side of 30 for a running back, turning 31 in December. Yet he insisted this week that his health is “great” heading into his eighth NFL season. Not only that, Blount envisions a successful season for himself after appearing in all 16 regular-season games with the New England Patriots in 2016.
“To play a full season, play every game, every carry that they gave me, I feel great, I feel amazing,” Blount said, via Philly.com. “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, I’m pretty good at it. It’s easy to stay healthy at that point.”
Blount enjoyed a great season statistically speaking as well with the Patriots, rushing a career-high 299 times for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns. Given the Eagles offense as a unit combined for 16 touchdowns on the ground in 2016, Blount is expected to help out in that regard, as well as in short-yardage situations.
“It’s a mind-set, and you’ve got to know that if it’s third and inches, or third and 1, that’s what you get before you expect to get the big play,” Blount said, via Pro Football Talk. “You have to make sure you secure the first down first. Situational football is big.”
Blount obviously isn’t a fleet-of-foot scatback, so it’s not like a few extra pounds here and there are going to hold him back on what he does best: Ground and pound in bruising fashion between the tackles and punish defenders who meet him in the hole.
Experience and expected productivity is why the Eagles signed Blount. So long as he stays healthy and contributes, the Eagles won’t care if he’s carrying a few extra pounds.