The biggest statement LeGarrette Blount made Friday night wasn’t his touchdown run.
“We can definitely be the best duo in the NFL, with the schemes that we have, with the offensive line that we have, with the blocking and the confidence [Martin] has in me and the confidence I have in him,” Blount told Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s definitely going to be a really good fit. We have the potential to be the best backfield in the league.”
Perhaps Blount should start with being the best backfield in the NFC South, where a group that includes Michael Turner in Atlanta is probably last in terms of top-to-bottom talent, behind Carolina’s three-headed attack (or maybe four, if you count Cam Newton) and a New Orleans fleet of backs who fit into specific roles.
Blount ran for 30 yards on seven carries, and Martin added seven carries for 21 yards. Each scored a touchdown, as coach Greg Schiano tried to establish a mindset with playcalls,
Blount said he’s lost weight, and feels quicker this year, which is what a guy who is being pushed for his job should say.
Of course, by putting himself at the top of the heap so soon, he may have said a bit too much.