As Jay Ajayi's role in the Philadelphia Eagles' backfield expanded recently, LeGarrette Blount's shrank. Blount played at least 22 snaps in 9 of Philly's first 11 games, but over the past three weeks, the bruising 250-pound running back has been on the field for no more than 17 offensive plays in a single contest. He's registered less than nine carries in each of the three outings, too. A 31-year-old veteran with two Super Bowl rings on his resume, Blount might have been able to guess that the Eagles' Oct. 31 trade for Ajayi could slice into his playing time. And he repeated in interview after interview that he would remain content with however the running back rotation unfolded. Though the the Birds leaned toward Ajayi the past two games, giving the newcomer 27 carries to Blount's 15, the elder statesmen of the Eagles' running backs room has declined to express annoyance about his limited usage. "It's just something you can't be frustrated and you can't be mad about when you're 12-2," Blount said. "When you've won 12 games and only lost two, there's nothing to argue about. Whatever we're doing that's making it work, we're going to continue to do it, whether you're a part of it or not, whether you're getting the ball a lot or not. "Everyone knows what the ultimate goal is. So we'll continue to strive for that, whether it's one guy playing, two guys playing or whatever." The goal Blount alluded to is a Super Bowl run. The Eagles, one win away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC, feel they have a shot at a title, even without injured MVP candidate Carson Wentz playing quarterback.
LeGarrette Blount not bothered by diminishing role
Penn Live | Dec 23