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LeGarrette Blount takes to the air -- again



He did it again.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, faced with deciding to go over or around a defender, once again took to the air and went over him.

Blount leaped over Carolina safety Charles Godfrey who was standing between Blount and the goal line in the second quarter. Blount didn’t clear Godfrey but bowled over him in midair, flipping into the end zone in a play that was a bit reminiscent a Blount run at Arizona two weeks ago.

“I could’ve run through him,” Blount said. “But he’s so low to the ground. What’s the chances of me getting as low as he is?”

As far as describing his feat, Blount said, “I wouldn’t call it flying. When you’re 240-plus pounds, it’s like taking a little bounce. Unfortunately, I didn’t land on my feet this time. But I did land in the end zone. I’ll take that. It evens out.”

Blount finished with 91 yards on 19 carries, another strong performance as he continues to get the bulk of the carries. But he did have a bit of an issue with ball security, as a handoff exchange between he and QB Josh Freeman was botched in the third quarter and his near fumble in the fourth quarter on a play on which he was ruled down by contact. The play survived a replay challenge. Sunday’s miscues come after a key fumble at Arizona.

“I don’t know if it’s ball security or if it’s laziness with putting the ball on the ground too early,” coach Raheem Morris said. “I told him, ‘Just get up (after the play) with the ball every time.’ It’s just part of being young.”

The third quarter fumble, however, didn’t affect Blount. Nor did his inability to convert a fourth-and-inches last week at Atlanta in a play that ultimately lost the game.

“He’s got a short memory,” center Jeff Faine said. “It’s not even week to week. It’s in the same game.”

[Last modified: Sunday, November 14, 2010 9:18pm]


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