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Week 3 vs. PIT
Rushing: 6 / 27 / 1
Blount as you may recall played at the University of Oregon and had a melt down after the Boise State game where he punched a player on the opposing team. Blount was suspended for almost the rest of the season and cost himself millions of dollars in the NFL as he went undrafted. He was in the Tennessee training camp as an undrafted rookie and almost made the team but was eventually cut and signed by the Bucs. Blount got work on Sunday and looked very good on his limited touches. His damage on Sunday came mostly on 1 drive and ironically it was the best drive of Freeman's day too. Blount on 2 separate 2nd and 10 plays busted off a total of 20 yards by bouncing it outside to the right and running over a couple Pittsburgh linebackers and defensive backs along the way. It's too early to say what role Blount will have moving forward but at the least he seems like a short yardage monster and also a guy that can spell Cadillac during the game. He ran hard and with authority. He was making the most of his opportunities in the game.
Week 5 vs. CIN
Rushing: 4 / 3 / 0
Really wasn't given much of a chance and the Bucs were behind for much of the game until they rallied late so they ended up throwing the ball a lot.
Week 7 vs. STL
Rushing: 11 / 72 / 0
Blount was used as a change of pace early and seemed to take over as the lead back in the second half. He is nowhere to be found in passing situations, but Blount's size and strength made him tough to bring down on early downs, and he even showed a surprising open field burst on a few big runs that called back by penalties, including a 46-yarder. He rarely went down on first contact, and Blount's battering ram style was complemented by nice footwork to find the hole. He should be the primary running down back and short yardage back for the Bucs going forward.
Week 8 vs. ARI
Rushing: 22 / 120 / 2
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 2 targets
Blount was barely involved in the first half, but the second half saw a heavy dose of him as the Bucs opened up a 17-point lead. Blount was running tough, breaking tackles and even leveling Kerry Rhodes on the way to his first TD. He was undeniable on a key runs, including one to get out of the shadow of the Bucs own goalposts, and another that gave the Bucs the field position to win at the end of the game. He fought tacklers at every turn, and his physical style is fitting perfectly with the attitude of this team. His footwork was also nimble and effective, especially for such a large back. His big run late in the game showed surprising speed and athleticism as Blount hurdled a would-be tackler. Blount did fumble and fail to recognize the ball was live, leading to a Cardinal defensive TD, but that was the only blemish on the breakout game for the undrafted free agent. He looks like a solid RB2 going forward.
Week 9 vs. ATL
Rushing: 13 / 46 / 0
Blount led Tampa Bay in rushing, with 46 yards on 13 attempts, but was not able to duplicate the success he's had recently on the ground. He also came up short on a fourth and one from the Atlanta two yard line with under three minutes left, which essentially sealed the deal for the Falcons. Blount still showed flashes of what we've seen from the youngster lately, as his role continues to expand in this offense.
Week 10 vs. CAR
Rushing: 19 / 91 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Blount showed some nifty footwork as the lead back for the Buccaneers, and punished the Panthers with his punishing, downhill running style throughout the game. For such a big back, Blount continued to show some cutback ability and once he hit the second level, if tacklers weren't bouncing off of him, it took more than one to bring him down. On his touchdown run, a 17 yard score, Blount hit the hold hard, broke the run, and dove over a would-be tackler at the goal-line as he went airborne, spun mid-flight, and extended the ball over the goal line. Clearly Blount is the go-to back for Tampa Bay at this point and as long as the Buccaneers are in the ball-game, he will continue to get the majority of carries in the rushing attack. Blount did lose a fumble, but that was about the only negative that came out of the game for the youngster.
Week 11 vs. SF
Rushing: 26 / 82 / 0
Blount had another productive game as the lead back for Tampa Bay. While he only averaged just over three yards per carry, he had a few productive runs that he finished by punishing would be tacklers, and hurdled another defender on his longest run of the day (16 yards). At times, Blount looks like a plodder, especially when there is pressure in the backfield, but once he gets rolling downhill his strength and power really shows.
Week 12 vs. BAL
Rushing: 13 / 55 / 0
Blount struggled to find gaps in the Baltimore rush defense and didn't get any goal line opportunities, but that's been the line for most backs when it comes to facing the Ravens. When he did find a gap and got running downhill, Blount ran hard and made some defenders bounce off as he kept his feet running.
Week 13 vs. ATL
Rushing: 20 / 103 / 1
Blount was the bell cow for the Buccaneers and got practically all of the work in the rushing attack. He was his usual rumbling self, and punished Atlanta defenders when he was able to get through the line and get moving downhill. Blount used his hard running style to get into the end zone from six yards out, and that paired with his 100 yards rushing gave owners some nice production.
Week 14 vs. WAS
Rushing: 15 / 68 / 0
He ran very hard and you can see when he is running downhill he is very dangerous but he had a terrible fumble during the game. DeAngelo Hall came in behind him while Blount was not covering up the football and knocked it right out. Blount to this point proves no impact in the passing game either so this really is a one dimensional back with limited upside. He averages about 20 carries for 80 yards and a TD every other week the last 6-7 weeks. His numbers were a little short of that this week.
Week 15 vs. DET
Rushing: 15 / 110 / 1
Blount had another productive game and finished with over 100 yards on just 15 attempts. He seemed productive nearly every time he touched the ball, and had a long run of 39 yards that he took to the end zone for a score. As usual, Blount was not used in the passing game.
Week 16 vs. SEA
Rushing: 18 / 164 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 1 targets
Blount started off with his strong inside game, getting the bulk of the load and punishing the Seahawks defenders up the middle with his big frame. He showed enough speed to get outside as well, turning a potential no-gainer into a 20 yard play. On the same play, he showed great ball control as he was taken down hard from behind without loosening his grip on the ball at all. In the second half, Blount really came alive, adding himself to the highlight reel with a simple off tackle play that he put on the burners for and took downfield for a huge gain. During that run, he hurdled a shocked defender and kept his stride, before finally going down at the 8. Blount is surprisingly agile for a big back, able to cut back and gain big yards. The weak Seahawks D may have helped to pad his stats, but his combination of strength, speed, and skill is evident. The only downside to his big game? All that yardage, and no TD's to show for it.
Week 17 vs. NO
Rushing: 19 / 66 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 2 / 0 on 2 targets
Blount did not have one of his better days and had a hard time finding room to run against a tough and determined Saints rush defense. There were times he was able to rip off his usual five or six yard run but there were also many times he was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage. he kept his legs pumping and fought hard for every inch but there was only so much he could do.
Unfortunately the play he made with the biggest impact was a fumble. QB Josh Freeman was under pressure and dumped a short pass behind the line of scrimmage to Blount who turned and tried to make the line of scrimmage for at least a no gain. As Saints players piled onto him, the ball came loose and the Saints recovered. It was late in the game and didn't result in a Saints score so the damage was limited but he has to protect the ball better. He did pass 1,000 yards for the season on his second to last carry.