LeGarrette Blount: I won’t be happy if Bucs draft Trent Richardson

Reuters

The Buccaneers may select Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the fifth pick in this year’s NFL draft. If they do, they’ll have an unhappy camper in running back LeGarrette Blount.

Blount told Will Brinson of CBSSports.com that if the Bucs draft Richardson, “I would not like that pick. I would definitely not be happy with that pick.”

Speaking at the unveiling of the NFL’s new Nike uniforms (an event for which he’s missing the start of the Bucs’ voluntary offseason program), Blount told Brinson he doesn’t want to be a Brandon Jacobs-type player who comes in for short-yardage situations. Blount wants to be the every-down back, and if Richardson comes in as the fifth overall pick, Blount will view Richardson as a competitor for the No. 1 running back job, not a partner on a team that uses a running back-by-committee approach.

As JoeBucsFan.com notes, if Blount were the type who offered politically correct answers, he’d have said that he’ll welcome whoever Tampa Bay takes with open arms. But Blount is not interested in political correctness. And Blount is not interested in sharing carries with Richardson, either.

73 responses to “LeGarrette Blount: I won’t be happy if Bucs draft Trent Richardson

  1. Do your job better and you won’t have to worry about it. But it is too late now, isn’t it?

  2. Blount is awful at short yardage, always is stutter-stepping or going lateral instead of lowering his head and bolwing people over. He also can’t seem to grasp pass pro schemes and came off the field on 3rd down for Kregg Lumpkin, who was rated the worst 3rd down back in football by some stat geeks, which speaks volumes for what the previous coaches thought of his 3rd down ability. In other words, he’s extremely limited and has so far proven he’s not an every-down back.

    Don’t get me wrong I love Blount, but he’s only got himself to blame.

  3. Love ya bro, but get over it..be a team player or hit the bricks.. we don’t need an “Its all me” attitude from you or any other player for that matter.

  4. I hate to tell this cat but if Trent Richardson is drafted with the 5th pick there is no need to view him as competition . Trent Richardson has your job .

  5. Hmm, the last time an NFC South RB was mad about his team taking another RB in the first round, he was traded before the season started.

  6. Maybe you should sucker punch Trent when you meet him then. Oh wait… probably not a great idea.

  7. I see no reason for Blount to be politically correct. But if the Bucs pick Richardson, it is up to him to prove his value.

  8. Dude, you have had every oppertunity to prove that they don’t need to dfart another back. But you have failed in those chances. Being unhappy and not controling yourself is just another reason the Bucs will let you walk once they have a replacement.

  9. Just like the Forte situation. The days of having one featured back are gone. Use it for motivation if you like, but don’t begrudge your team for adapting to the times.

  10. I love Blount as a football player ( we all know he sucks as a people), I just don’t see a big enough production difference between him and Richardson to warrant a top 5 pick.

    If I am the bucs I am taking Blackmon or keuckley. They could also take the corner but IMO he is a bit overrated.

    If you look at the nfl rb landscape most of the starters were not top picks. Heck the best back in the nfl was thought to be a reach in the second round in shady McCoy.

    This draft has so many good players at tough positions to find like corner and dt, why would you pick a player first who’s production most likely will be matched by some unknown 5th rounder

  11. I’m afraid Blount is the type of guy that just shuts down in a situation like the one described above. If the Bucs are set on drafting Richardson, they would be better of trading Blount and keeping a positive lockerroom.

  12. He is just another ME guy who loves the video and Mic, Richardson will pass him real quick, seems like a burger flipper who has a little bit of talent and will soon be long gone. Bill

  13. Lions should trade for him give the bucks one of our defensive ends or tackles we got plenty and they need to shore up that D. He would be a good fit for us ,strong powerful back just what we need with lashoure probably suspended , best and smith injury prone all the time.

  14. Sharing the load = less wear and tear = longer shelf life = more earning potential. And the RB position needs every bit of shelf life it can get.

  15. Yea, so. Your an overratted big back, with fumble issues. Trent Richardson is 10 times the back Blount could dream of being. You don’t like it…to bad, your not good enough to be irreplaceable. Glad Blount is once agian showing why I would cut his sorry behind if he were on my team.

  16. Richardson will not be competition for the number one running back slot; Richardson will be the number one running back. Blount doesn’t like that prospect but then maybe he should not have put the ball on the ground this last year. Blount doesn’t like it…..too damn bad.

  17. Blount was at his worst in short yardage situations… he won’t have to worry about that role.

  18. 1. Ball security
    2. Pass Catching
    3. Pass Blocking
    4. Short yardage
    Richardson is far superior to Blount in all those areas which are essential for a complete, three down back. When you get replaced by a fullback and jorneyman third stringer for those situations you shouldn’t be surprised when your team considers drafting someone who can fill those roles and is also a more explosive player in general than you are.

  19. And we all know that the purpose of the draft for the entire multibillion dollar enterprise known as the NFL is to make Blount happy.

  20. If they draft Richardson, James Blount has a better chance of winning the #1 spot than LeGarrette does.

  21. It cracks me up when pundits say what athletes “should have said” to be more PC with their statements. Garbage. Blount said exactly what he thought, and for the entertainment of all of us fans, it’s much more interesting when the players don’t censor themselves.

  22. Ummm, why would Blount necessarily be a short yardage back ahead of Richardson?

    Richardson is a truck also, but a fast truck.

  23. blount’s actually a good back but last year the bucs were losing by so much every game he didn’t touch the ball in the second half. therefore draft claiborne and play some defense

  24. Blount told Brinson he doesn’t want to be a Brandon Jacobs-type player….
    that is a complete idiot of a person and a BAD “winner” to boot!
    _____________
    Don’t worry LGBlunt-man;
    not only will u never win anything in Tampa,
    NO ONE could ever be a bigger idiot that Brandon Jacobs. NO ONE.

  25. I don’t think Blount wants to test his new coach……….he coached in NJ just long enough to know how to bury a body under Giants Stadium if needed!

    This is one fight buddy you won’t win he may be the only coach in the NFL who would gladly fight you he is totally crazy!

  26. Shouldn’t he just shut up and be happy someone gave him a shot. He went undrafted because of his attitude. SO what if your unhappy,go do your job.

  27. LEARN. TO. BLOCK.

    You want to be an every-down back. FIGURE OUT HOW TO PASS BLOCK. When you get sat down for Kregg Lumpkin, it says something. You have to be able to contribute in the passing game, and Blount (A) can’t catch particularly well and (B) couldn’t block my grandmother on a pass rush, and she’s been dead for 15 years.

  28. In your earlier story today you mentioned that Blount was a no show for the first day of “voluntary” workouts. The implication was that he was being irresponsible.
    Now we learn he was at an NFL event doing team and NFL promos for the new uniforms. Maybe you should have mentioned that in the earlier post.

  29. Personally, I think Blount is absolutely correct. While he’s not an elite running back, he’s certainly good enough to win with, and the fact that he was an undrafted free agent just bolsters the argument that you shouldn’t even think about using a top 5 pick on a position that can be so easily filled much later. To win in the NFL, you must be able to pass efficiently, and stop the opposing passing game. I don’t care how well you run or stop the run, if you’re not good in the passing game, you can’t win. Period. QB’s, elite LT’s, CB’s, pass rushers, and WR’s are the only positions that you should consider that high in the draft. If you don’t have a need in those spots, you trade back.

  30. theandy59 says:Apr 3, 2012 6:52 PM

    Personally, I think Blount is absolutely correct. While he’s not an elite running back, he’s certainly good enough to win with, and the fact that he was an undrafted free agent just bolsters the argument that you shouldn’t even think about using a top 5 pick on a position that can be so easily filled much later. To win in the NFL, you must be able to pass efficiently, and stop the opposing passing game. I don’t care how well you run or stop the run, if you’re not good in the passing game, you can’t win. Period. QB’s, elite LT’s, CB’s, pass rushers, and WR’s are the only positions that you should consider that high in the draft. If you don’t have a need in those spots, you trade back.

    I wish people like this^^^^^would just shut up. I have much more respect for people that come on and give simple opinions than guys like above that get on here and act like they are an NFL GM’s with all the answers. If your gonna respond with this drivel please attach your resume to your post.

  31. I don’t blame him…its a dog eat dog world in the NFL.. Who wants to welcome someone in to take their job away..

  32. Hey Legarette, you should be happy you have a spot on a team. This is a TEAM sport, it’s not about you. If the Bucs feel drafting Trent is what’s best the team, then they’ll draft him. If they do draft Trent, your spot is taken.

  33. “Speaking at the unveiling of the NFL’s new Nike uniforms (an event for which he’s missing the start of the Bucs’ voluntary offseason program)… ”

    This statement infers that he doesn’t have permission to at the event, when he was probably asked to be by the organization.

  34. 1. Who cares what you want ? If you played better and didn’t fumble every three carries they wouldn’t need to draft Richardson.

    2. This isn’t the NBA where you can whine your way out of town or pimp your services before your a free agent. Ask Ochocinco, Carson Palmer, Jake Plummer, Todd Bell and a whole host of others.

  35. kenny328usa says: Apr 3, 2012 7:34 PM

    theandy59 says:Apr 3, 2012 6:52 PM

    Personally, I think Blount is absolutely correct. While he’s not an elite running back, he’s certainly good enough to win with, and the fact that he was an undrafted free agent just bolsters the argument that you shouldn’t even think about using a top 5 pick on a position that can be so easily filled much later. To win in the NFL, you must be able to pass efficiently, and stop the opposing passing game. I don’t care how well you run or stop the run, if you’re not good in the passing game, you can’t win. Period. QB’s, elite LT’s, CB’s, pass rushers, and WR’s are the only positions that you should consider that high in the draft. If you don’t have a need in those spots, you trade back.

    I wish people like this^^^^^would just shut up. I have much more respect for people that come on and give simple opinions than guys like above that get on here and act like they are an NFL GM’s with all the answers. If your gonna respond with this drivel please attach your resume to your post.
    ________________________________

    I’ll be sure to talk real simple and use small words next time, dude. That way you can keep up.

  36. As a Bucs fan I love the Blount man and I think he can become a much better back if he got more touches and protected the ball better, our new head coach is going to be way more demanding than Raheem was. I also agree with everyone that says you can get the good backs later in the draft but i’m all about drafting Richardson

  37. Grow up! There is always someone waiting to take your job in the NFL and in life. Play better and shut up or just go punch someone you ass.

  38. Pack your bags Blount! You’re no Brandon Jacobs, heck you’re not even Jimmy Jacobs , brandons 3rd cousin who lives by the river! Trent will be the man, time to figure out who you’re gonna punch next!

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