Blount says he'd welcome RB Richardson as a teammate
Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount still doesn't see a need for the Bucs to draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson, but he says he would welcome him as a teammate.
When asked earlier this month at the unveiling of NFL Nike apparrel in New York by CBSSports.com blogger Will Brinson how he would react if the Bucs drafted Richardson, Blount said, "I would not like that pick. I would definitely not be happy with that pick."
But on Wednesday, Blount seemed willing to accept Richardson as a teammate.
“Like I said, it was just a comment,'' Blount said. "There’s nothing for anybody to read too deep into. You know, there’s not nothing I would want to explain. It was just a comment and I left it at that.
“Of course. I’d welcome him as a teammate. I’ve met the guy before. He’s not a bad kid, but at the same time, like I said, I'd welcome anything that helps the team get better. I’d welcome anybody as a teammate, it doesn’t matter who it is.’’
The Bucs own the No. 5 overall pick and coach Greg Schiano is a fan of Richardson's ability to be an every down back. He also has been critical of Blount's lack of ball security. The former Oregon running back has fumbled nine times, losing six, in two pro seasons. Richardson, meanwhile, had more than 600 touches with only one lost fumble at Alabama.
"We talk about everything,'' Schiano said. "The one thing I want the players to know I want them to feel they can talk to me about everything and I want to be able to talk to them about everything. So, as we get to know each other and relationships grow and the trust grows, I think they'll figure it out that I have one purpose and Mark Dominik has one purpose, to make this organization the best it can be. And we're going to do whatever is the best thing for the Bucs.
"LeGarrette has practiced really well two days in a row. LeGarrette is trying to do everything we ask. That's all I can tell him is, "I love the way you're practicing, let's keep it up.' Whoever ends up coming in the draft, who knows? I don't get too worried about that. The more good players you have, the better team we're going to have.''