Early-season Star Now Afterthought in Eagles' Offense

LeGarrette Blount has gone from a centerpiece of the Eagles' offense to virtually an afterthought.

Don't expect him to complain about it.

"There's not really any complaints coming from me, considering the fact that we've only lost two games," Blount said this week. "That's big for me. Winning is first and foremost. As long as we're doing that, everything's going to fall into place."

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But Blount's decline has been precipitous.

The first 11 games of the season, he averaged 13.4 carries per game, 60 yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry.

The last four games? Those numbers have dropped to 6.8 carries per game, 18 yards per game and 2.6 yards per attempt.

"You can't really go into the game trying to predict how many carries you're going to get," Blount said. "You've just got to know whenever you get in there you have to take advantage of every opportunity."

Blount, who led the NFL with 18 touchdowns last year, has just two this year, none since the 49ers game back in October.

This is the first time since 2014 he's gone four straight games with single-digit carries, and the first time in his career he's gone seven straight games without a touchdown.

"The game calls for certain runs and we've got a lot of backs," Blount said. "Some of the runs are designed for certain backs, and if those runs are working that back will play more or if he gets hot that back will play more."

Blount has a team-high 164 carries, but over the last month, Jay Ajayi has nearly twice as many  (50 to 27) and about three times as many yards (214 to 71).

The first 11 weeks of the season, Blount got the ball on 19 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps. The last four weeks, that number's dropped to 9 percent.

"We've got a lot of great backs," Blount said. "We have a Pro Bowler from last year (Ajayi). We have me, who played pretty good last year. We have Wendell (Smallwood), we have Corey (Clement), we have Kenjon (Barner), and we all play, and we all have certain things that one does well, better than the others, and sometimes the game just calls for a certain package or he might get hot or you just never know.

"As long as we're winning the games, I don't really care how many carries I'm getting. We put ourselves in a great position. I don't want to waver it. Whatever it takes for us to continue to be successful. 

"Whether it's me getting a lot of carries, whether it's (Ajayi) getting a lot of carries, whether it's Corey getting a lot of carries, we want to just keep winning the games."

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