In 2017, the Giants rushing attack lacked a cutting edge as it finished 26th in the league with just 1,549 total rushing yards. The blunt attack could have been better if the team had signed LeGarrette Blount last offseason as star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wanted.
Instead, Blount signed a one-year deal with the Eagles and is now preparing for the Super Bowl as the Giants prepare their draft strategy with the second overall pick, a reward for finishing 3-13.
"[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, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. "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."
Beckham and Blount share the same agent and became close when the receiver was preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft, where the Giants would select him 12th overall.
This season, Blount rushed for 766 yards and two touchdowns. His opportunities were limited when the team traded for Jay Ajayi. The Giants, meanwhile, gave the bulk of their carries to Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gellman after giving Paul Perkins first shot at the job to begin the season. Darkwa led the team with 751 yards and five touchdowns.