So, LeGarrette Blount was nice enough to help out the NFL today, agreeing to participate in the unveiling of the new Nike NFL apparel in New York. Blount was modeling a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform during the media event there.
But during an interview session accompanying the event, Blount offered a surprisingly honest answer to an interesting question. Asked by CBSSports.com blogger Will Brinson how he would react if the Bucs drafted Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Blount said, "I would not like that pick. I would definitely not be happy with that pick."
That question was followed up with one about the prospect of Blount playing a role similar to that of Brandon Jacobs with the Giants last season, and Blount made it known he prefers to be an every-down back.
His take: "I don't want that role," Blount said.
So, what to make of this?
For starters, here's what needs to be stressed: What Blount thinks doesn't impact the Bucs' draft decisions one iota. Not a bit. Furthermore, did Blount not get the memo about being a team player? Every player wants to be a starter and have as many touches as possible, but thinking it and saying it are two very different things.
Here's the bottom line: Blount has been, for the most part, a featured back for the past 1-1/2 seasons. But despite his 4.6-yard career per-carry average, the Bucs know he has holes in his game that make Richardson appealing. As poor as the Bucs' offense was last season, coaches still felt like they could not afford to play Blount on third downs -- the biggest being that no one wanted to see Josh Freeman taken off the field on a stretcher because of missed pass protections.
Blount is an exceptional runner on early downs and in certain situations. But that doesn't make him a complete running back and it certainly won't prevent the Bucs from drafting Richardson -- no matter what Blount thinks.