2016 - Patriots sign LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal. Blount finished last season with 173 carries for 766 yards and two touchdowns, as well as eight receptions for 50 yards and one touchdown for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Overall, though, Blount's production dipped late in the season - he failed to reach the 40-yard mark in any contest between Week 13 and the NFC Championship Game - and it's clear to see why Philadelphia chose not to bid against the Lions with Ajayi and Clement in the fold.
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Both the Eagles and Patriots surrounded him with more dynamic runners who could have a bigger impact in the passing game, allowing Blount to do what he does best - crash through the line and punish would-be tacklers.
It makes sense. Honestly, I can't remember the last time the Lions had a big back.
Tobin played in 15 games last season. But can the team rely on Pumphrey or Smallwood to produce in a limited - yet important - role week in and week out? They haven't had a running back gain at least 100 yards in a game in four seasons and the Lions averaged 76.3 yards rushing and 3.4 yards a carry - last in the National Football League - during the 2017 season.