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Fighting to make Patriots' roster, LeGarrette Blount reunites with Bucs




FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Bucs saw a familiar face when they arrived at Gillette Stadium for today’s workouts with the Patriots.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, traded from the Bucs to the Patriots in April, was wearing New England blue and suiting up for the other guys.

He finds himself in a battle to make the roster, but he made headway in that regard with a standout performance against the Eagles in the Patriots’ preseason opener. Blount finished with 101 yards on 11 carries, including touchdown runs of 51 and 1 yards.

“It’s a good opportunity,” said Blount, who was phased out of the Tampa Bay offense after the Bucs drafted Doug Martin last season. “I’m having fun up here. You can’t really do anything about what’s going on, so I’m just going to see what I can do to stay here. You have no control over that. You have to go out and perform. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

The key for Blount is continued improvement. It’s what will help him make and stay on the roster in New England, which has some decisions to make with a logjam of running backs. Blount is targeting several key areas where he needs to get better.

“Whatever they tell me I need to work on, I work on it, whether it’s catching the ball, whether it’s reading the holes differently,” he said. “I’ll work on whatever they tell me to work on.”

Blount acknowledged that he knew a trade was possible before he was moved. The Bucs had dangled Blount in a trade for weeks before finally executing the deal. But ultimately, he wanted things to finally settle, giving him a chance to compete for playing time somewhere, anywhere.

“I kind of didn’t pay any attention to it,” he said. “I just wanted to play ball.”


[Last modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 8:35am]


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