By Michael Bennett
Eagles’ running back LeGarrette Blount has looked sluggish and ineffective during the first two preseason games against Green Bay and Buffalo — nine carries for 17 yards.
So, coach Doug Pederson, is he in any danger of not making the team?
“The guy is a beast of a runner. I don’t know what else to tell you. Eighteen touchdowns, 15 in the red zone last year, that’s the production. You saw yesterday [in joint practices] the style of running that he can do,” Pederson said yesterday.
“As coaches, we might be doing our players injustice by putting them in bad situations, I’m just going to be honest with you,” he added. “But you saw what he’s done these last couple days [in joint practices with the Miami Dolphins]. I’m excited he’s here, and he’s going to be a big part of our offense.”
Blount, who signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Eagles back in May, ran the ball a career-high 299 times during the regular season for the New England Patriots last season. He also set personal bests in rushing yards (1,161) and touchdowns (18).
“I have full confidence in my ability and what I can bring to the table and what I can do. I think the coaches do, too,” he said. “Our offensive line is really good. They’re one of the better offensive lines in the league. I’m 100 percent confident in what I can do and what they can bring to the table, and just knowing that they have my back.”
Blount said that he has not ignored any speculation on the outside.
“I don’t look at it, I don’t listen to it, I haven’t heard it, so I don’t know,” he said.