In 2015, the Eagles put all their eggs into the DeMarco Murray basket and he became a massive flop for them. They moved on from him the following offseason due to his poor fit in the offense.
Things were turned over to Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Mathews was the lead back with 661 yards and eight touchdowns and Sproles added another 438 yards and two scores — plus 427 receiving yards.
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Trying to get stronger at running back after that season, they went out and signed LeGarrette Blount, who was coming off a Super Bowl win with the New England Patriots.
Blount was heavily used by New England, as he led the league with 18 touchdowns, while also crossing the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.
For the Eagles, they placed him in a committee with Jay Ajayi — who they traded for from the Miami Dolphins during the season.
Blount was the power back and did his job well. He averaged 4.4 yards per rush and ended the season with a respectable 766 yards. That’s not where his real payoff came for Philadelphia with the 247-pound runner.
Blount paid dividends for them in the playoffs, as he ran for a touchdown in every postseason game en route to the first-ever Super Bowl win in Eagles history.
Blount took it to his former team in the title game, as he ran for 90 yards and a score on just 14 attempts. He did leave after the season, but Philadelphia got exactly what they were looking for with him: a power runner to put them over the top offensively.