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LeGarrette Blount says Bucs "trusted" his word



We had a chance to meet new Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount today.

Among the things I asked him was what, exactly, he did to sell himself to the Bucs in a pre-draft visit. Turns out it wasn't complicated.

"They trusted me when I told them it wasn’t going to happen again," he said.

I think we all know what "it" is.

Blount was honest about his situation. He readily admits that he believes his violent post-game punch of a Boise State player last season while at Oregon is the reason he wasn't drafted. He didn't blame anyone for his predicament (like the media, for instance), which is a sign that he is willing to shoulder the blame. He's more concerned about what lies ahead.

"At this point, it doesn’t really matter," he said. "I’m getting my shot. Undrafted or drafted, I’m going to get my shot to be on this football team."

Speaking of which, why is he on this team after all? Offensive coordinator Greg Olson answered that question.

"It's a big man's game," Olson said. "First of all, it’s a 16-game season and there's talk of an 18-game season. It's difficult on smaller-framed bodies to play that position in the National Football League. We've got a real good change of pace guy in Kareem Huggins. We like him and he’s a young player. . . But we believe it's a big man's game and LeGarrette Blount fits that mold."

Blount couldn't agree more. When I asked him to describe his running style, he said this:

"I’m a big physical running back. All my runs are going to be downhill. I get positive yardage, tough yardage, one or two yards here and there when we need it."

It'll be a while before Blount can have an impact. He is a long way from knowing the offense, for one. But the Bucs had a genuine interest in him during the draft and are truly happy to have him on the roster. We'll have to wait and see whether their interest is justified by his play.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 9:49am]


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