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Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount feels great at 30 years old

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A big reason RB LeGarrette Blount was not signed until the Eagles recently handed him a one-year deal is that he’s 30 years old. Everyone knows that running backs tend to drop off the map at 30, in terms of decreased production and increased injury risk. He led the NFL in touchdowns with 18 last year, and he ran for over 1,100 yards, but teams were still nervous that he wouldn’t be able to do it again. That’s also why his deal is so short.

He doesn’t seem concerned, however. Per Philly.com’s Zach Berman, he said:

“To play a full season, play every game, every carry that they gave me, I feel great, I feel amazing. 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.”

When asked what weight he was trying to maintain, he just said:

“I’m the weight I need to be at.”

He was also asked why he picked the Eagles, who now have a bit of a crowded backfield. He said:

“I chose Philly because I thought it was the best fit for me. The guys here, the way they do things around here, I like the way they play ball.”

He does bring a size and physicality that the Eagles didn’t have without him, meaning that he’ll still be very valuable in specific situations, despite all of the other backs working with him. He seems to have some idea of what that role will be, as he said:

“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. You have to make sure you secure the first down first. Situational football is big.”

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