The Detroit Lions added a substantial boost to their anemic running game this offseason. Perhaps GM Bob Quinn’s biggest acquisition of 2018, the signing of RB LeGarrette Blount has not gone unnoticed by NFL.com analyst, Maurice Jones-Drew.
In a recent article by the former Jaguars Pro Bowl running back, he provided some pretty lofty expectations for the newest addition in the Lions backfield. He noted Blount having a more favorable workload as the impetus to his prediction.
MJD’s thoughts below:
It’s no surprise Blount had a productive year in Philadelphia one year after he led the league in rushing touchdowns (18) with the Patriots. He was very effective in the Eagles‘ committee-backfield approach, finishing the season with his highest yards-per-carry mark (4.4) since 2013. Now entering his 10th pro season, Blount’s play should compare to his Patriot days. He’ll be Detroit’s first- and second-down back, leaving the rest of the cast fighting for third-down reps — and making Blount the team’s first 100-yard rusher since my colleague Reggie Bush in 2013.
2018 prediction: 200 carries, 1,000 yards, 15 TDs.
Important to note, Blount’s role could be decreased if the Lions were to draft a running back early in the upcoming draft.
No matter the circumstances, Blount would be considered a savior in the eyes of fans if he were to put up those type of stats.
No Lions back has even had 200 carries in a season since Joique Bell in 2014. The last Lions RB to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark was Reggie Bush in 2013 and only Barry Sanders has ever reached 15 rushing touchdowns in the history of the franchise (16 TDs, 1991).
If Jones-Drew’s prediction were to come to fruition, the Blount signing could truly be the most impactful move of the offseason– maybe in the entire NFL.
— Logan Lamorandier (@LLamorandier) March 17, 2018