Age: 30 (12/5/1986)
Experience: Seven Seasons
2016 Season Statistics: 299 ATT, 1,161 YDS, 18 TD, 67 FD; 7 REC, 38 YDS
If the New York Giants are looking for a bruising running back who can play between the tackles, one could argue that no available player is better than LeGarrette Blount. The 30-year-old is coming off of the best season of his NFL career and is a master in the red zone.
30-year-old running backs have a stigma to them, but this is a possibility that should be explored, even if a signing doesn’t occur.
Blount ran for a league-best 18 touchdowns during the 2016 NFL regular season. He also ranked No. 5 in the NFL with 67 first downs via rushing attempts and fumbled the ball just twice with a hefty 299 rushing attempts.
Blount also accumulated an average of 3.9 yards per carry, which is due in some part to his being utilized in short-yardage situations.
It may also signal that the 30-year-old has become more of a situational running back, no matter how exceptional the overall statistics may be.
Fair as the concern may be, the Giants ranked dead last in the NFL in rushing touchdowns during the 2016 season. That alone is reason to believe Blount would be a quality addition to a team that can’t seem to find the end zone on a consistent basis.
Blount is a relative non-factor in the passing game, but if Paul Perkins shoulders the load in that regard, this could be an intriguing 1-2 punch.