There’s been a lot of talk about the Bucs dissatisfaction with LeGarrette Blount on short yardage plays. Mark McKenna discussed that on PewterPlank just yesterday. But that frankly is only a small criticism in light of the revelation that Blount has been this season. The talented rookie back has been active for just nine games this year and has started in only three of them but still has managed to amass 599 yards on 134 carries (a 4.5 yard average) for 5 touchdowns while igniting a stagnant Buccaneers rushing attack.
When Blount began to see the field the Bucs’ rushing attack was bottom five in the league and as of this morning it ranked 11th in the entire NFL. That’s notable improvement. Give the offensive line and the coaching staff a lot of credit but Blount has been the spark-plug that got things a-crankin’ for the Bucs run game.
While it’s probably too late for him to mount any real candidacy towards offensive rookie of the year (his teammate Mike Williams does have a legitimate shot at the award though) he does have a legitimate shot at a 1,000 yard season. In his next three games Blount will face the 28th ranked rush-defense (Redskins), the 25th (Detroit Lions), and the 21st (Seattle Seahawks) before rounding out against the 16th ranked run defense in New Orleans.
It would take averaging just a hair over one hundred yards per game for the rest of the season, on his career Blount has just two 100-yards rushing days, but it’s very possible in light of the defenses he’ll be facing. 1,000 yards is definitely not out of LeGarrette Blount’s reach, and getting it would go a long ways towards the Bucs playoff hopes.