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Lighter, faster LeGarrette Blount: Bucs could have 'best backfield in the league'



LeGarrette Blount made quite the statement in his first action since last season, and first appearance since the Bucs drafted Doug Martin in the first round.

But the thing that was just as striking at Blount’s 30 yards on seven carries was improved burst.

If he looked like a different runner, it’s because he is a different runner.

“I feel faster. I feel a lot quicker,” said Blount, who said he’s lost a few pounds and is in obviously better condition than 2011. “I feel a lot lighter on my feet. Everything’s coming into play.”

Blount showed the ability to get to the perimeter easier than in the past, when he lumbered more than he did tonight. Blount said he doesn’t want to be known as a plodding back, though he doesn’t anticipate a change in his physical running style.

“It definitely lets teams know that you’re not one-dimensional,” he said. “It lets teams know you can do certain things in other areas. . . But I’m definitely going to be the same type of back I’ve always been.”

As for the combination of Blount and Martin – who also got off to a good start – Blount said they can be quite the tandem.

“We can definitely be the best duo in the NFL, with the schemes that we have, with the offensive line that we have, with the blocking and the confidence (Martin) has in me and the confidence I have in him,” Blount said. “It’s definitely going to be a really good fit. We have the potential to be the best backfield in the league.”

Well, then.

[Last modified: Friday, August 10, 2012 11:57pm]


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