BLOUNT’S STILL THE MAN, EAGLES BIGS SAY AFTER AJAYI TRADE!

By Peter Gleason

Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich met with the media yesterday in the wake of the blockbuster acquisition of 24-year-old running back Jay Ajayi, and he had a message for LeGarrette Blout:

“Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re a big reason we’re 7-1. You’re a big reason we’ve made the strides we’ve made in the running game. Your tenaciousness running the football, the attitude that you’ve brought, the toughness that you’ve brought, the unselfishness that you’ve brought, is a big part of our identity.'”

Blount and Ajayi rank 10th and 12th in the NFL in rushing yards, although Blount’s 4.7 average is higher than Ajayi’s 3.4. But Ajayi ran for nearly 1,300 yards in his 2016 Pro Bowl season, and the Eagles didn’t bring him here to ride the bench.

“LeGarrette continues to be our starter and [we’re] just really excited to have that group and add a good player,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said.

“We like our running back group. This was an opportunity that came to us. We thought [he] was a good player who could add to our team. He’s a young player who’s under contract for the next couple years (through 2018).

“At the same time, everyone has seen the way LeGarrette has run. Wendell has had really good games for us. Corey. We brought Kenjon back, as well. It just adds to the group, and all that stuff with playing time is sorted out by the coaches.”

“LeGarrette’s awesome,” Roseman said. “He wants to win. He’s won. He’s all about winning. He’s been in situations before where there have been productive backs on the team. He’s been a tremendous team guy since he’s walked in the building and a leader for this football team. Nothing changed today.

“LeGarrette has been productive when he’s gotten the ball,” Roseman said. “He’s a warrior. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion and we’re really glad to have him.

“So, you know, I really shouldn’t get into starter roles. That’s really up to the coaches, but we are counting on LeGarrette going forward here.

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