Blount starts but Cadillac still has impact
Though it was little more than a symbolic change, Bucs rookie running back LeGarrette Blount started his first game after entering last week's game on the second play behind starter Cadillac Williams.
But Blount didn't do the job alone.
He credited the combination of him and Williams with keeping the defense off-balance, allowing the Bucs to rush for 162 yards. In recent games, Blount was used primarily in running situations, with Williams seeing many of his snaps in passing situations because of his pass-protection skills. But the Bucs have started to mix things up, using both players in various scenarios, and that has sprung Williams for some big runs.
"Cadillac had, what, seven carries for (51) yards?" Blount said. "That's the element of surprise, baby.
"When he comes in there, they say, 'Hey, 24's in the game. They're about to pass.' Then he hits them with the run. The element of surprise always works. It happened last week, too, when he broke that 50-yarder. As soon as (Cadillac) came in, we hit them. It's a deadly combo."
Williams averaged 7.3 yards on his seven carries, including a 26-yard dash on third down. Blount finished with 82 yards on 26 carries, the 3.2-yard average well below the 4.8 average he entered with. But Blount ran down the clock, punished defenders and kept the defense honest, making his a successful day.
"Sometimes," he said, "you can take 2 or 3 yards and a cloud of dust."