The New York Giants decided not to pursue free agent RB LeGarrette Blount, allowing him to sign with the hated Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Did the New York Giants really have a serious interest in former New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount? As it turns out, no. The Giants may have toyed with the notion, but Blount was not really a fit here after the Giants drafted Clemson’s Wayne Gallman in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Perhaps if Blount were still unsigned in training camp, GM Jerry Reese might have considered bringing him in.
Forget all of that now. Blount was scooped up by the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal this week in what appears to be an another adroit move by the rising Eagles, who have added several new offensive pieces this offseason. In free agency, they signed veteran WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith and then drafted the highly-productive San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphery.
My old friend Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice believes Blount will not replicate the career-high success he enjoyed last year in Foxborough when he rushed for 1,161 yards and an NFL-leading 18 TDs.
Kempski sees Blount taking over the role held by Ryan Mathews last season, who was an early and short-down pacesetter. Mathews, who is coming off neck surgery and is expected to be released, rushed the ball 155 times for 661 yards in 2016. Jimmy expects Blount to get about 800 yards and maybe 6-8 TDs. Not bad, but not record-setting, either.
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The Giants would probably have brought Blount in to be the short yardage and goal line back. But they have Gallman now to do that. He will be mixed in with Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen and Shaun Draughn. They recently signed Jame Madison’s Khalid Abdullah, a 5-foot-9, 211 pounder who could vie for a roster spot this summer.
Odell Beckham, Jr. Officially the Hardest WR to Tackle in the NFL
If you noticed that Odell Beckham, Jr. is hard to corral out on the football field, there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight. He has a mercurial property to him, a penchant for escapability that makes him the most difficult wide receiver in the NFL to tackle.
No WR forced more missed tackles on receptions in 2016 than Odell Beckham Jr. pic.twitter.com/bwXe02cAMI
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 19, 2017
Bisnowaty Inks Rookie Deal; “Fastest Man in College Football” Signed
The Giants signed sixth round draft pick Adam Bisnowaty to a four-year, $2.54 million this week. Bisnowaty, a 6-foot-6, 307 pound offensive tackle out of Pitt, is the fourth of the team’s six draftees to be brought under contract thus far. Second-rounder DT Dalvin Tomlinson (four years, $4.57 million), third round pick QB Davis Webb (terms not disclosed) and fifth rounder DE Avery Moss (four years, $2.65 million) are the others. Gallman and first round pick, TE Evan Engram, have yet to agree to terms.
Bisnowaty is expected to give incumbent RT Bobby Hart a run for his money this summer and by all indications he has a good shot at doing that. At rookie minicamp, Bisnowaty had to be told to scale back his aggressiveness, a trait that endeared him to the Giants’ scouts. They have been trying to get more physical on the offensive line this offseason and with the addition of free agent D.J. Fluker and Bisnowaty, they are off to a good start.
In other moves, the Giants parted ways with CB Nigel Tribune, WR Rob Wheelwright, RB Daryl Virgies and OT Martin Wallace and signed Abdullah, S Trey Robinson, CB SaQuan Edwards and WR Kevin Snead, out of Carson-Newman, who ran a 4.22 40-yard dash at Tennessee’s pro day.
There's a reason Kevin Snead is now a member of the New York @Giants
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