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Expect a two running back rotation after Blount's performance Sunday



LeGarrette Blount has powered his way into a running back rotation with Cadillac Williams.

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson on Monday stopped short of saying that Blount would be the starter after watching him rush 11 times for 72 yards (6.5 yard avg.) in Sunday's 18-17 win over the St. Louis Rams.

But he made it clear the Bucs' intend to have Blount split carries the remainder of the season with Williams, the club's leading ballcarrier who is averaging 2.5 yards per rushing attempt. 

"When you see the game as you watch him, we've always talked about it being a big man's game and he's obviously a big person and he showed it yesterday,'' Olson said of Blount. "He's got tremendous strength and power in his running game. So we were excited in what we saw I'm sure just as you were as well. We're excited about his first outing and we think he'll get better as we go along so there's no reason not to believe he will be a guy who will continue to carry the ball for us.

"We feel good with LeGarrette Blount in his progression and how he's moving forward. We feel good about his growth as a player. We feel good about Cadillac Williams and we feel good about Earnest Graham when he's healthy. We've got three guys there and we're still working with (Kregg) Lumpkin as well to get him up to speed.''

Williams led the Bucs Sunday with eight catches for 34 yards, including the game-winning 1-yard touchdown reception with 10 seconds left. But Olson made it clear that Williams is not going to be reduced to a third down back.

"To me, he's a very good running back,'' Olson said. "Different style, obviously, than LeGarrette Blount. He does some different things. He didn't have great looks yesterday in the run game. He was instrumental in the end in the two-minute drive. He had six touches there in that last drive, including the game-winning catch. So obviously, he brings a lot of value to our football team, not only as a third down back because of his ability to protect, but he's still a good running back in this league and we still will count on him to help us moving forward.''

[Last modified: Monday, October 25, 2010 1:04pm]


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