Blount ran for 46 yards on 14 carries during a Week 1 victory over the Washington Redskins, and the rushing attack overall averaged just 2.4 yards on 24 carries. It was not the debut they were hoping for, but Blount isn’t reading too much into it.
“It takes more than one game and it takes more than a couple carries a quarter or however we did it last week. Obviously it wasn’t effective,” he said. “We’ve got to get more yardage than what we produced out there. I’ve got to do a better job at running the ball and breaking tackles and making guys miss. The offensive line, they did a great job opening up holes.
“It’s early in the season so we’re going to continue to work at it, going to continue to rep it and get better and better at it. [Eagles coach] Doug [Pederson] has made it a priority so that’s one of the things we want to get done, for sure.”
Blount led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns last season for the New England Patriots while also establishing career highs in rushing attempts (299) and yards (1,161). A quiet preseason cooled expectations heading into the regular season and fueled concern about whether all the mileage logged last year would catch up to the 30-year-old in 2017. Blount, though, believes the results will improve as he adapts to his new environment.
“I ran behind the line in New England for a few years. I got better and better over the course of time,” he said….
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