One of the knocks on third-year running back LeGarrette Blount has been that he is not an every down back. In his short NFL career, Blount has struggled in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have wrapped up their three day mini-camp with rookie head coach Greg Schiano telling reporters, he thinks Blount’s hands are just fine.
“Just watching what I saw out here and on tape, does he have good hands? I think his hands are fine. I don’t know how much that will translate into our game plan, but he can catch the football,” Schiano told reporters.
Several reports coming out of the Buccaneers mini-camp, most notably from Pewterreport.com, convey that Blount has taken the majority of the reps with the first team offense. It is June, and with Doug Martin, the Buccaneers second first-round selection on the roster, this should just be a temporary situation. The largest situation revolving around Blount has been his propensity to turn the ball over with his aggressive running style. He has recorded nine fumbles in his two season. Blount told reporters that he has been working on changing ball position which carrying the ball in order to limit the turnovers.
I fully expect to see Martin as the Buccaneers starter by the time the regular season rolls around. If Blount is able to limit the turnovers, he could become a larger factor in Tampa’s offense, but as it stands right now, I would expect Blount to receive 8-10 touches per game.
In additional Buccaneers news, WR Preston Parker, a player who received a one-year contract this offseason, has been impressive in camp and he appears to have the inside track at securing the third receiver position for the Buccaneers.