BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Odell Beckham Jr. did his best to try to get LeGarrette Blount on the Giants’ roster. Instead, Blount was one of several veteran running backs passed over by former general manager Jerry Reese, who opted to give Paul Perkins a chance to win the starting job.
Blount helped the Patriots win last year’s Super Bowl and is in position to win another, this time with the Eagles. He signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia after getting a tepid response on the open market during the offseason.
“[Beckham] did the same thing that any really, really close friend would do, and that’s try to get a close friend on the team,” Blount said Thursday. He is represented by the same agent as Beckham and got to know him after the Giants drafted him in the first round in 2014. “It’s a lot easier to play when you’re really close to somebody. You go to work and you see him every day, you grind with him every day. He definitely wanted me to be there.”
Blount rushed for 766 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season, and he has two rushing touchdowns in the Eagles’ two postseason games. The Giants gave the starting job to Perkins, but after he was injured and ineffective, Orleans Darkwa took over as the feature back.
The Giants finished 3-13. Blount is one step away from winning another ring.