Friday, September 20, 2013

Blount plans to treat Buccaneers like strangers


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded LeGarrette Blount to the New England Patriots this summer essentially just to get him off of coach Greg Schiano's hands.

Blount has wiped his own hands clean, too.

The former 1,000-yard rusher, whose production fell off the last two years in Tampa Bay thanks in part to its drafting of Doug Martin, will face his former team Sunday, and he's going along as if he had no affiliation with the Bucs to begin with.

“I don’t look at them as a former team, I look at them as somebody I’ve got to play against, just like everybody else.” Blount said Thursday, via WEEI.

“. . . I’m coming into work, doing everything that I have to do, supposed to do, and go out there and play a game, just like I didn’t know nobody on that squad."

The Bucs received speeders Jeff Demps in the trade, which is hardly any consolation. Demps is more concerned with his track career than football, and Schiano already got testy with Demp's situation during training camp.

Blount started his Patriots career on the fringe of the roster as the No. 3/4/5 tailback on the depth chart. But a strong preseason, an injury to Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley's so-so play could mean more touches for the Oregon product. He's only carried the ball 11 times for 26 yards through two games and has returned three kicks for 60 yards.

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