Bucs' LeGarrette Blount sees bigger things to come
The Bucs get started with their preparations for the Cardinals today here at One Buc Place, and one guy who is excited to get back to work is running back LeGarrette Blount.
Fresh off a 72-yard performance on 11 carries against the Rams, Blount feels that his role and, more important, his production, can grow as his comfort level does.
"I feel like I can get better over the course of the season," Blount said. "I feel like I can get better every day because we practice every day. We learn blitz pickups and protections every single day. From the first game to now, you can see how much difference I’ve had in playing time, so I’m going to continue to try to learn everything I can to be a bigger part of this offense."
That appears to be in the process of happening because Blount already showed in Sunday's game that he's capable of picking up blitzes and helping to protect quarterback Josh Freeman. He had a key block on a play that Freeman turned into a first-down conversion with a completion.
"That was something we’ve definitely been working on a lot," Blount said. "(Coaches) were comfortable with me running that play. When that blitz came, they were comfortable with me picking it up. That’s definitely a plus. I’m just going to continue to build off that performance."
Another thing that was clear after that performance is Blount's ability to run through -- and in some cases, over -- tacklers. It's the kind of thing that inspired his teammates on their way to another come-from-behind victory.
"You can feel the excitement on the field," Blount said. "The offensive line, everybody on sideline jumping around, it’s just exciting when you break off a big run after you’ve broken a tackle or two. When you get back to the sideline, those guys just tell you, ‘Keep running hard. Keep running downhill. They’re scared to tackle you.’ That just inspires me to run even harder the next time I get the ball."