LeGarrette Blount Welcomes CompetitionMay 15th, 2012
There were several things that caught Joe’s eye today at the Bucs’ OTA open to the local Tampa Bay chapter of the pen and mic club.
Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount was catching passes out of the backfield. Several in fact.
Quick, someone alert Greg Olson!
Joe didn’t see Blount drop one pass, but Joe cannot confirm he didn’t drop any.
Blount, who should have been the bellcow of the Bucs last season but was jerked around in several ways, including a grand total of five carries — FIVE! — in the season opener against Detroit and seemingly shoved aside for the world renown Benn’d-around play.
Blount said he knew the Bucs were going to bring in a running back in the offseason and welcomes the competition now coming from first round pick Doug Martin (who was held out of practice today with a tweaked hamstring, so said Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik) and speedy Michael Smith.
“I feel I am still [the No. 1 back] until someone takes it away from me,” said a slimmed-down Blount. “Nobody can effect how many carries I get than me.”
Joe thinks the competition — and an offensive coaching staff with a clue — will get the most out of Blount.
In his rookie year, trying to prove himself against veteran and fan-favorite Cadillac Williams, Blount shined.