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Rick Stroud, Joe Smith and Greg Auman

Will LeGarrette Blount finally get his chance? If so, he's ready

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While starting running back Doug Martin is doing his thing on the field on Sunday, veteran backup LeGarrette Blount might be largely a spectator for the third straight game.

But if and when Blount is called upon, he vows to be ready to eagerly spring into action after just three carries in two games.

“At the end of the day, if they tell me to go in, I’m going to be ready,” said, Blount, the Bucs’ leading rusher in each of the past two seasons.

“I might not play as much, but I stand there and listen and do everything that everybody else does. My time will come. And I’ll be ready.”

Blount averaged 14.3 carries per game in 2010 and 2011, his first two seasons with the team. But the addition of Martin, seen as a more versatile and complete back, has reduced Blount to a complementary role. 

Blount has come to terms with his reality.

Greg Schiano “coaches by (doing) what he thinks is going to work at that time, and if he feels like it’s not my time to play or I’m not able to help the team at that point, what happened these last couple of weeks is going to continue to happen.”

The Bucs might have an opportunity to kickstart their running game on Sunday against a Cowboys defense that just yielded 182 rushing yards to the Seahawks a week ago.

In the meantime, Blount’s lack of involvement in the past two games raises a question: How does he keep his head in the game? By enjoying the ride through his teammates who actually are on the field.

“When I’m watching guys like Mike Williams play, and he’s scoring touchdowns, it’s great,” Blount said. “To be honest, he’s my closest friend on the team. I’m going to be into it and excited for him. I enjoy that.”

[Last modified: Saturday, September 22, 2012 12:14pm]

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