After a rocky end to his college career, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount burst onto the NFL scene in his rookie season, rushing for over 1,000 yards while averaging 5 yards per carry. However, in 2011, Blount suffered through a sophomore slump that saw him total just under 800 yards. With a new head coach running the show in Tampa Bay, changes could be in order and the lack of effort on Blount’s part so far through out his time in Tampa could leave him without a roster spot once training camps are complete. From the Tampa Bay Times:
For the first two weeks after being acquired by Tampa Bay, Blount, who was suspended at Oregon for punching a Boise State player, never made it to work on time and compiled fines of more than $15,000. Exasperated, then-coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik ordered him to hire a car service with a driver to wake him up in the morning and transport him less than 3 miles from his apartment to One Buc Place. After a few weeks, they canceled the car service for one day. And Blount was late. He continued to need a driver to get to work in 2011. But his poor preparation habits also spread to the meeting room, where coaches said he would sometimes fall asleep. On the field, Blount struggled to hold onto the football. He has fumbled nine times in two years, losing six, and rarely played on passing downs.
Blount will have to compete to keep his starting job. The Bucs traded for an extra first-round pick in this year’s draft to take Boise State running back Doug Martin, whom Schiano says reminds him of Ravens and former Rutgers running back Ray Rice. Martin is a more complete back who can play on all three downs as a good route runner and pass protector.
I listed Doug “The Muscle Hamster” Martin as one of my sleepers at running back in my 2012 Fantasy Football Preview. The Bucs paid a high price for the rookie out of Boise St. Logic would seem to dictate that he’d see the field sooner rather than later. Martin should prove himself to be a solid RB2 candidate over the course of the upcoming fantasy season.
Blount’s poor work ethic has turned him into his own worst enemy at this point. Maybe looking over his shoulder while having his job security threatened will be the wake up call he needs.