LaGarrette Blount was surprised when he learned that he had been cut by the Tennessee Titans and was looking for a job. Blount had a good preseason with the Titans and felt his job was safe, backing up Chris Johnson. But Blount was released and the Buccaneers moved quickly to sign the troubled running back.
Blount, the former Oregon Duck, has a well documented past and some of it he rather forget. Blount set the Oregon season record for touchdowns with 17 in his first full season with them, showing a unique combination of speed and physical running. The 247-pound running back was poised for another break out season last year, but it came to a disastrous end in Boise. Blount let his emotions get the best of him as he struck a Boise State player after the game, a punch that was seen all across the nation. He was suspended the rest of the season following the incident, but was finally allowed to return after demonstrating good behavior. He returned to the field in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State. But a late fumble put the Ducks behind and eventual loss.
Blount was not drafted in the 2010 NFL draft, but was quickly signed by the Tennessee Titans because of his physical talent and size. He was impressive in camps and OTAs and continued to improve during the preseason. But during one practice, he let his emotions get him again after a physical tackle by one of his own teammates led him to swing another punch (not as bad this time). He was not suspended and Coach Fisher stated that he did not think anything of the punch (both Fisher and Blount have always been on good terms).
Blount has a reputation as a fighter, a bad person almost, but this is far from the case. I have followed Blount since his Oregon days (I am a big Oregon Ducks fan!) and can say he is not a bad person, he just allows his emotions to get the better of him. He is a family man that is just looking to get onto the field and do what he loves the most, running the football.
Blount will be a great weapon for the Buccaneers rushing attack. Cadillac is a good overall runner, but as big and physical as Blount, especially near the goal line. Kareem “Huggy Bear” Huggins is the fastest running back and has good size. Blount can be the Bucs’ goal line option if needed, but he can also break to the outside and has incredible athletic ability (jumped over many opponents while at Oregon). So while his emotions remain questionable, his physical ability is not. He will be a great running back for the Bucs and will add some force to the running game.
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