First, he is only 25 years old, with not that many carries under his belt. He has plenty of carries left in his career. At 6’0″ 247, he can take the pounding of the NFL. We will stand up to the licks he will take with sharing the carry load.
Although LeGarrette Blount is only entering his third season in the league, the time he has spent in the NFL has been successful. In 2010, he became one of only two undrafted running backs in history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in his rookie season, rushing for 1,007 on only 201 carries. Although his numbers did regress some in 2011, he did rush for a 4.2 yard average per carry. His season was also slowed down by an injury that took place in week 5.
He obviously needs to be healthy for the Jets to consider such a move. If he is, they must.
Here are some highlights of a healthy LeGarrette Blount:
Watch him run, and you why he would be a perfect fit for our ground and pound system. He grounds and pounds. He runs north and south, no dancing in the hole. He sees the hole, and Boom!, he hits that hole. He uses his physicality to make plays as well. Watch the end of his runs, he lowers his shoulder into the defender, and keeps his feet moving. You don’t see him getting driven backwards, he drives forward, getting that extra couple of yards that will make Rex and Sparano drool.