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Blount still thinks he’s the Bucs’ top back

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount reacts Reuters

Before the NFL draft, Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount said he wouldn’t be happy if Tampa Bay took running back Trent Richardson early in the first round. As it turned out, the Bucs took running back Doug Martin late in the first round, and Blount is fine with that — because he still thinks he’ll be the No. 1 option in the running game.

Asked if he still sees himself as the No. 1 back, Blount said today, “Yeah, until they take it away.”

In fact, Blount said, “they” can’t take it away from him at all: Rick Stroud ‏of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Blount sees himself as in control of how much he carries the ball.

“Nobody can affect my carries but me,” Blount said. “They drafted [Martin] because we needed him. But at the end of the day, we’re both going to play. But don’t nobody affect my carries but me. Not what he does, not what anybody else does, just how I practice and how fast I get the offense down pat.”

Blount said he lost some weight to get ready for organized team activities, motivated in part by a desire to prove he can carry the load.

“I had the idea they were going to draft another guy,” Blount said. “Them drafting a running back might be what I needed to become an every down back.”

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41 Responses to “Blount still thinks he’s the Bucs’ top back”
  1. txnsvols0489 says: May 15, 2012 1:10 PM

    Kid’s got a lot of fight

  2. seatown12 says: May 15, 2012 1:13 PM

    If I were Doug Martin I’d be wearing my helmet at all times…probably even in the shower…ya never know

  3. billsfan27 says: May 15, 2012 1:13 PM

    Blount will be totally forgotten three years from now.

  4. billhicks666 says: May 15, 2012 1:15 PM

    His running style packs a punch……..hello? Is this thing on?

  5. redguy12588 says: May 15, 2012 1:16 PM

    If the Bucs don’t want this guy, let him go, the Steelers would love him.

  6. truninerfan49 says: May 15, 2012 1:17 PM

    I’m sure the Bucs agree with you LeGarrette. A fat, slow Rb with a fumbling problem deserves to be the #1 Rb.

  7. lostsok says: May 15, 2012 1:17 PM

    Winner: Doug Martin by a knockout.

  8. grandpoopah says: May 15, 2012 1:18 PM

    He is the Bucs best back… at ultimate fighting.

  9. milkmandanimal says: May 15, 2012 1:20 PM

    Yes, you’re the #1 back until they take it away. So, for about another week or so.

  10. pftree says: May 15, 2012 1:22 PM

    all of this coming from the kid who cold clocked a lineman in the back of the head after a game in college?

    i so care what his opinion of himself is.

    Doug Martin will replace him week 1.

  11. jagsfanugh says: May 15, 2012 1:25 PM

    Blount needs to shut up. There is a reason he was a 7th rounder or free agent. Backs taken that late have a lack of vision and are more straight ahead runners.

  12. 7thlombardiontheway says: May 15, 2012 1:28 PM

    I only have one thing to say about this. Six rings.

  13. Josh says: May 15, 2012 1:54 PM

    And he is willing to punch anyone / everyone in the face to prove it.

  14. veence69 says: May 15, 2012 1:57 PM

    Would YOU want to be the one to tell him?

  15. kleppnasty says: May 15, 2012 1:59 PM

    What is he supposed to say? This is the obvious response. He has to have the mindset that he can get better and keep his starting job, and if/when he loses it, he needs to have the mindset of working even harder to win it back.

  16. veence69 says: May 15, 2012 2:00 PM

    Think about that for a second. My favorite team has never won a Superbowl, yours has won 6 – And we’ve both hoisted the same amount of Lombardi Trophies, worn the same amount of SB Rings and received the same amount in bonuses.

    Crazy.

  17. doe22us says: May 15, 2012 2:00 PM

    Dude said aint no one going to take it away lol, they drafting the Doug guy pretty much confirms it lol.

  18. elmaxoh says: May 15, 2012 2:12 PM

    He’s not that bad , but he needs to learn how to block and how to pick up blitz .

  19. beastup22 says: May 15, 2012 2:17 PM

    Blount should definitely still be the number one back. He is a big bruising back with good feet and nice agility. He can run, through over and around most defenders. Now that signed Nicks he will be able to get to the second level more and that will he a problem. Martin is good but he will be the third down back.

  20. milkmandanimal says: May 15, 2012 2:35 PM

    Blount should definitely still be the number one back. He is a big bruising back with good feet and nice agility. He can run, through over and around most defenders. Now that signed Nicks he will be able to get to the second level more and that will he a problem. Martin is good but he will be the third down back.
    ———————————————————–

    Um, no. Blount regularly gets stopped for losses or no gain, has very little agility in terms of being able to change direction, and his one ability is “slam into people and hope they fall off”, which is great when it works, but it also leads to his fumbling. He’s not shifty in any way, and he’s just yet another strong, one-cut runner.

    Also, and most importantly, running the ball doesn’t matter like it used to, and backs have to contribute in the passing game both as receivers and blockers. Blount doesn’t catch well, and he is absolutely, utterly, and terrifyingly awful as a blocker. He can’t read a blitz at all and simply cannot block anybody. He spent loads of time sitting on the bench last year, because the Bucs were way behind and they had to pass, so he got benched for Kregg Lumpkin.

    If you want to be a number one back, “benched for Kregg Lumpkin” should probably not appear on your resume.

  21. jgedgar70 says: May 15, 2012 2:42 PM

    “I had the idea they were going to draft another guy,” Blount said. “Them drafting a running back might be what I needed to become an every down back.”

    So if they had drafted some other position, you were going to sit on your can and not work hard? If I were a Bucs fan, this attitude would worry me.

    This team still puts the “fun” in dysfunctional.

    Mark it down – Bucs start 0-1 as Cam Newton shreds them. Again.

  22. bunjy96 says: May 15, 2012 2:45 PM

    He had 2 years to learn how to block.

    Now with Martin coming on board he has decided to learn?

  23. 49erstim says: May 15, 2012 2:54 PM

    If anything I see the Bucs using a multiple back system at first. The performances of both men will shake out who starts. I will say that from the couple of Bucs games I caught last year that Blount wasn’t the only reason that running game faltered. The line blocked poorly, but worse than that the offense was anemic.

  24. fmwarner says: May 15, 2012 2:55 PM

    Maybe he’s wrong, but he has the right attitude. He’s placing the responsibility for his playing time in his own hands instead of setting it up to blame it on the coaches if he sits.

  25. ilovefoolsball says: May 15, 2012 3:04 PM

    Bount went on to say “If I’m not the #1 back I’m gone punch a mother#*($*(& out ya dig?”

  26. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 3:09 PM

    And he will clock anyone who disagrees with him.

  27. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 3:11 PM

    veence69 says:
    May 15, 2012 2:00 PM
    Think about that for a second. My favorite team has never won a Superbowl, yours has won 6 – And we’ve both hoisted the same amount of Lombardi Trophies, worn the same amount of SB Rings and received the same amount in bonuses.

    Crazy.

    __
    Even more crazy…the team that most New Englanders root for has hoisted half as many of those Lombardis, yet they all pretend as if they somehow had anything to do with the successes of those mercenary players.

    Crazy indeed.

  28. jimthebuilder27 says: May 15, 2012 3:25 PM

    Blount had that great run against the Packers (I know cuz that’s my team) but he’s very inconsistent. Hurt my Fantasy Team at times!

  29. bucfandango says: May 15, 2012 3:29 PM

    Blount’s number 1 problem last season can be summed up in 2 words.

    Greg Olson.

    Need I say more?

  30. therealbrettfavre says: May 15, 2012 3:32 PM

    Kinda ironic that Doug Martin is from Boise State which, as you may recall, is the team that beat Oregon causing Blount to throw that punch. Hopefully Martin takes his job early.

  31. detroitrollin22 says: May 15, 2012 3:43 PM

    @jagsfanugh

    Blount would have been taken in the first three rounds of the draft if he wouldn’t have punched the guy on Boise. He was a very good back at Oregon. Also, Blount’s problem is ball security and effectiveness on 3rd downs, not a lack of vision.

  32. latchbeam says: May 15, 2012 3:54 PM

    He may try to sucker punch Martin…

  33. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: May 15, 2012 3:54 PM

    Tons of upside. Didn’t help him coming from that spread garbage at Oregon. The fumbling had to get better, but it looks like a lot of it happens after he’s 3 or 4 defenders deep and fighting for more yards. Gotta pass protect though. If he can get better Bucs will have formidable running game.

  34. skittlesareyum says: May 15, 2012 4:12 PM

    I don’t understand Blount. Most of the time he acts like he needs to jump over everyone, almost like he forgets how big he really is. Then every so often he seems to remember it, like in the game against the Packers. That 54 yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty, even though at the time I wanted to throw my beer at the TV.

  35. deeppurple13 says: May 15, 2012 4:22 PM

    Ok, there are things that people should know about the Blount object. We all know what he is at face value which is a slow learning-seemingly one demensional back with anger issues. What many people may not realize is that this guy has issues figuring out which shoe goes on which foot.

    Complicated blocking schemes will be impossible for this guy to figure out. He has a handler that has to constantly monitior his actions so that he doesn’t do something stupid (again). He is a physical beast but just doesn’t get it and sadly, I don’t think he comes with the ability to get it. Mentally, it just doesn’t click, and because of that, Tampa did what they had to do in their backfield.

  36. alstottwastheman says: May 15, 2012 4:24 PM

    I still like Blount. Yeah he’s not the best pass catcher or blocker, but those are things that can be worked on. Everyone seems to forget he ran for almost 1000 yards in like 10 starts his rookie year. He had a bad year last year, but so did the whole team. I don’t get why Freeman gets a free pass for the season because the team brought him down, but Blount was supposed to be a pro bowler. I still say should Blount should start with Martin as the 3rd down/goaline back. Martin is the rookie, make him earn his playing time.

  37. censorshipisbad says: May 15, 2012 5:39 PM

    Blount = Brandon Jacobs 2.0 (only a bit more athletic)

  38. bigdrew04 says: May 15, 2012 6:07 PM

    Blount is the man just needs to hold onto the ball

  39. bucforever says: May 15, 2012 6:09 PM

    It has been said that a pro athlete gets paid to train and practice. Most of them would probably play on game day for nothing. Competetion is in the DNA. The point is every position on the team must be earned. Coach Sciano seems like a fair minded man. The best player will get the job but they will have to earn it on the practice field.
    GO BUCS

  40. zampft says: May 16, 2012 12:21 AM

    nice grammar. Can’t these guys at least pretend they went to college?

  41. nobby821 says: May 16, 2012 4:01 PM

    NEWS FLASH: Doug Martin becomes the only player in NFL history to not be fined or suspended for smoking a Blount in practice.

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