By Mary Cunningham
LeGarrette Blount picked to sign with the Eagles instead of the Giants as a free agent:
“I chose the Eagles,” Blount said yesterday at the NovaCare Complex. “For a specific reason of … Me fitting in really good here. The chance of making the team. Having a championship run. Having a better season. They’re a really good team. They were a really good team before I came here.
“They have a lot of really special players on their team, they make a lot of good plays. I just want to fit in somewhere.”
Blount finished last season with 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns, two more than the Eagles’ team!
The opportunity to play with Carson Wentz and compete for snaps immediately ultimately won out for Blount.
“He has the potential to be a really special player,” Blount said of Wentz. “He has all the tools that is needed and all the grinding that is needed. He has the mindset to maximize his abilities if he continues to work hard.”
The free agent signings of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, along with Blount’s former Patriots teammate defensive end Chris Long, also tipped the scales toward Philly.
“I think every team is trying to win championships,” Blount said. “No team is going out there expecting to not win. I think every team is expecting to win. You build the team around players who you know who will help you do that. Carson is one of the type of players you want to build around. I think they’re trying to win now. For sure.”