Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a number of new weapons on offense, including running back LeGarrette Blount. He’s very excited about how Blount will change their offense, especially in the most crucial part of the field.
“Adding LeGarrette, first and foremost, I think will help us a ton in the red zone and short-yardage situations,” Wentz said on SiriusXM NFL Radio “[He’s an] in between the tackles guy.”
That power running game could help them punch it in when they would have settled for a field goal in 2016. The Eagles scored 22.9 points per game last season. Meanwhile, Blount scored 18 rushing touchdowns all on his own with the New England Patriots.
But it’s not just about Blount. He adds to the Eagles’ terrific depth at the position.
“Obviously, we still have Darren Sproles who can do a little bit of everything,” Wentz said. “And adding [Donnel] Pumphrey in the draft – [he’s] kinda like Darren. You know, you can create some mismatches. Split him out, he can play some receiver. He can do some different things, like Sproles can. And we’ve still got [Wendell] Smallwood and we’ve got some other backs that are all competing. In those days that we’ve gone live out here, they’re all working their tails off and they’re running hard.”
Plus, Wentz has seen how adding a star back like Blount can push the rest of the team to be their best.
“So it’s definitely – having a guy like LeGarrette – it’s definitely, again, just like with the wide receivers, it’s boosted the competition in that room,” he said. “It’s been cool to see just how much better we’ve gotten.”