Are the Eagles accelerating their plan?

The Eagles made a surprise signing yesterday with the addition of LeGarrette Blount.  We know they desperately needed another running back.  Blount is the downhill physical healthy back the Eagles need.  Ryan Mathews was physical and did all he could but injuries sidelined him and he was unfortunately know help.  With the signing of Blount the Eagles will eventually save $4 million by cutting Mathews.  As of now he’s still on the roster but I don’t expect him to be here once camp starts.  Blount finished the year ranked 39th in RB rankings according to Pro Football Focus with an overall grade of 68.0.  Although he ranks out of the top 32 starting backs these numbers don’t tell the story.

Blount finished 8th last year in the league in rushing with 1,161 yards on 299 carries.  He won’t see nearly that amount in this offense but he’s a weapon the Eagles haven’t had.  My question is where do the Eagles find themselves after this signing?  Have they accelerated their plan to compete?  LeGarrette Blount is 30 years old and will be 31 during the season.  They’ve made some moves this year that I would not have based on where I thought they were.  Hindsight is 20/20 because I would not have signed both Jeffrey and Smith and preferred a young WR through the draft but after Davis was taken 5th we knew that wasn’t an option.  I still think this team is 2 years away from really competing with the big boys.  The Eagles need to finish over .500 this year with meaningful games in December or Doug Pederson is in some serious trouble.  I don’t expect Dallas to be as good but they’ll still be a handful.  The Giants are much improved while the Redskins are in transition.

This offense has the potential to be very good.  Ultimately the defense, specifically the secondary will hold them back.  Teams will exploit the Eagles on the outside through the early part of the season.  The front 7 will have to get home.  That will do a great job in helping out this secondary.  That being said it will be fun to watch this team grow through the off season and regular season.  They have some pieces in place.

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