Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount said he was hoping to become more of an every-down back after Earnest Graham went down with a season-ending injury. But that didn’t happen Sunday in New Orleans. The Bucs simply plugged Kregg Lumpkin into Graham’s role on passing downs, and Blount was limited to playing mostly on running downs. Blount hasn’t been able to convince the coaches he’s ready to handle pass protections. If he can’t do that by the midpoint of his second season, it makes you wonder whether he ever will be able to handle that role.
Blount figures to post better numbers in games in which the Bucs don't figure to fall behind early. If Tampa Bay has to go to a pass-heavy attack, Blount's snaps will be cut way back.