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Schiano says Blount has been on time this off-season



LeGarrette Blount may have needed to hire a driver to get to work on time the past two years, but he hasn’t been tardy under coach Greg Schiano.

During an interview with Jim Rome Tuesday, Schiano said Blount has demonstrated great work habits in the off-season.

"I think that probably got blown out of proportion a little bit,” Schiano said. “He probably had some troubles — I’m not really familiar with the facts — but that’s all behind us. LeGarrette has been great. We’ve had workouts here, we’ve had OTAs, minicamps, and he’s been on time for everything. It hasn’t been an issue at all and I don’t foresee that being an issue.”

Nonetheless, the Bucs drafted two running backs, including using a first-round pick on Boise State's Doug Martin. Utah State's Michael Smith was selected in the seventh round.

“I have a lot of faith in LeGarrette,” Schiano said. “LeGarrette has bought into what we’re doing, he’s working incredibly hard, and if you watch and you see the things he does from time to time, it’s great — really great running back play. It’s just we need to put those things together consistently.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 5:28am]


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