Blount: Wentz 'has potential to be really special' –

LeGarrette Blount has had the opportunity to take handoffs from elite quarterbacks thus far in his career. After spending the majority of the past four seasons in huddles with Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, Blount seems eager to work with the newest quarterback he’ll be receiving carries from: Carson Wentz.

“He’s a really talented player,” Blount said in a press conference Thursday. “Obviously, he’s one of the better quarterbacks of his draft class and generation. I think he has the potential to be a really special player. He has all the tools that are needed, and all the grind that is needed, and he has the mindset to maximize his ability if he just continues to work hard. 

“Carson is one of those guys you want to build a team around.”

Blount has lined up behind a promising young first-round quarterback before. He signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2010, joining forces with Josh Freeman. The duo each had a productive campaign that year, including Freeman’s career-best season of 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions. Blount reached the 1,000-yard plateau, a feat he didn’t accomplish again until this past season.

The 250-pound bulldozer was the latest weapon added to the Eagles‘ arsenal this offseason after he signed on Wednesday. After bolstering the aerial attack with acquisitions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, Blount gives the ground game a more rugged, and more veteran, presence.

“I’m one of the older backs here, so I definitely want to make sure the young guys stay on the right track,” Blount said. “They have a great group here, especially (Darren) Sproles, (Donnel) Pumphrey, (Wendell) Smallwood. All those guys. They’ve got a lot of good guys here.”

The 30-year-old bruiser’s skill set nicely complements the rest of Philly’s backfield, and addresses

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