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Bucs will give LeGarrette Blount more time to learn playbook



Many readers have been asking if and when the Bucs plan to get recent acquisition LeGarrette Blount involved in the offense.

As to the "if" question, the answer is yes. The Bucs feel Blount can help them and give their offense a different dimension with his physical running style.

When it comes to "when", well, the time hasn't come just yet. In talking to offensive coordinator Greg Olson, it's clear the Bucs feel Blount needs more time. If nothing else, he's got to learn the offense, which is quite different than what he's been accustomed to in the past. Unlike the team's other new back, Kregg Lumpkin, Blount does not come from a system that used familiar terminology nor does he have prior NFL experience, other than playing in preseason games.

For those reasons, the Bucs are going to give Blount a little more time before injecting him into the offense. The most likely scenario is that Blount gets a look after the bye week, which comes in Week 4 following next week's home game against the Steelers. That gives him two straight weeks of work in the playbook while coaches will be able to devote time to helping him.

Olson indicated Lumpkin could get involved as early as this Sunday at Carolina, so there appears to be a willingness to use a variety of options in the backfield. But then again, there's just one ball and a lot of backs. So, coaches have some work to do to determine how to move forward with sharing the football.

As for Blount, well, give him a little time and you might find it was worth the wait.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:58am]


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