LeGarrette Blount looks ‘pretty smooth’ catching passes for the Philadelphia Eagles – Philadelphia Eagles News

LeGarrette Blount looks ‘pretty smooth’ catching passes for the Philadelphia Eagles – Philadelphia Eagles News

LeGarrette Blount built a reputation as a bruising power running back. He may add a new dimension to his game during his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017.

The Eagles plan to use Blount in passing situations. 

“Yeah, he’s actually a pretty good pass catcher,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson told reporters. “When you watch him at practice and in some of the drills that we’ve put him in, he’s pretty smooth.”

Blount has caught 46 passes for 337 yards and one touchdown during his eight-year career. He caught a career-high 15 passes for 148 yards in 2011 in Tampa Bay, he second season in the league. Blount has never caught more than seven passes in a season during his seven other seasons. 

The six-foot, 250-pound Blount, who gained a career-high 1,161 yards and scored a league-leading 18 rushing touchdowns with the New England Patriots in 2016, caught a combined 13 passes for 81 yards during his past two seasons with the Patriots. 

“Maybe he doesn’t have the numbers and all that, and he hasn’t been used that way, but I’m very comfortable putting him in situations where we can throw him the ball,” Pederson said.

What may have prompted Pederson to use Blount in passing situations is he rarely drops passes. He has been targeted 66 times during his career and he caught 23 passes of 27 targets during the past four seasons.

“If it’s called for me to catch the ball, I do,” Blount said. “I don’t drop passes.” 

Blount has been catching passes during the Eagles organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp that ended last week. Blount was expected to be a two-down back specializing in short-yardage and goal…

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