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LeGarrette Blount in 'Enemy Mode' with Former Patriots Teammates in Super Bowl

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Kelvin Kuo/Associated Press

LeGarrette Blount won a pair of Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, but the Philadelphia Eagles running back won't allow past relationships to affect his preparations for Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. 

"Straight enemy mode. Ain't no friends, no homies, none of that," Blount said, per ESPN.com's Tim McManus. "We know what we're going to do, they know what they're going to do, we've got the same goal in mind. It ain't no hard feelings, it just is what it is."

Blount appeared in 49 games for the Patriots over two spells with the team. According to McManus, he maintains a group chat with James White, Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden. Blount said he has cut off communication with his former teammates while focusing on the Super Bowl.

After registering a career-high 1,161 yards and a league-best 18 touchdowns with the Patriots in 2016, Blount's role has been more limited with the Eagles, especially after Philadelphia acquired Jay Ajayi in October.

Blount has run for 766 yards and two touchdowns on 173 carries with the Eagles. More than half of that total (467 yards) came between the months of September and October.

In the team's two playoff runs leading up to Super Bowl LII, Blount has just 40 yards rushing, though he has found the end zone twice, including scoring in the second quarter of the NFC Championship Game, which the Eagles shared on Twitter:

Although Ajayi will be Philadelphia's primary ball-carrier against New England, the Eagles will call upon Blount inside the red zone and in short-yardage situations, so he should have an impact on the outcome of the game.

Blount may have frozen out White, Lewis and Bolden for the time being, but he'll probably waste little time firing the chat back up if the Eagles claim their first-ever Super Bowl title.

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