The NFL's leader in rushing touchdowns in 2016 could be cut before the 2017 regular season begins.
LeGarrette Blount, who had a breakout performance in 2016 with 18 touchdowns on the ground, is not a lock to make the Eagles' final roster, according to a report.
Blount's had a pedestrian preseason thus far with just 17 yards and a fumble on nine carries. He's looked slow and miscast in Doug Pederson's offense thus far.
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The Eagles have already reshaped the position after releasing veteran Ryan Mathews this offseason. Darren Sproles remains entrenched as the third-down and change-of-pace back.
Fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey, impressive undrafted free agent Corey Clement and second-year back Wendall Smallwood, who started three games in 2016, are the other primary options on the roster.
The 30-year old Blount is coming off unquestionably the best season of his career after piling up 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns in New England. But the 299 carries it took to get those numbers might have taken a toll on him.
And outside of his breakout campaign as a rookie in Tampa Bay in 2010, the vast majority of Blount's career success has come with Bill Belichick in New England, where he's played four of his eight season.
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Pick: Blount's slow preseason is a concern, and based on his roller-coaster career, there is no guarantee that he'll be productive outside of New England.
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But talk of Blount not making the Eagles is probably premature and a bit of an overreaction.
Even in the worst-case scenario, Blount can still be a powerful short-yardage and goal-line back that is a nice complement to players like Sproles and Pumphrey. Expect Philly to keep him around through 2017 despite the slow start.