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LeGarrette Blount's practice performance improving; More carries to come?



Only time will tell whether Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount actually assumes a larger role in the Bucs offense in the weeks to come, as coaches have suggested.

But Blount is doing one thing that will only help his case: He’s performing better in practice.

“I think LeGarrette has practiced better the last couple weeks,” coach Greg Schiano said. “I think when you prepare better you play better.”

Schiano places great emphasis on practice performance when determining the roles of players on game day.

Blount has 13 carries in four games after giving way to first-round pick Doug Martin (71 carries) in the starting lineup. Neither has had great success – Martin is averaging 3.5 yards per carry, Blount 3.4 – but the Bucs are hoping their dramatic difference in styles create problems for defenses.

“Like I’ve said, I think those guys can really play off each other well,” Schiano said. “They are different styles. They are different body types. I think it can serve the whole offense well for them both to have carries.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 9:34am]


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