After a surprise rookie season, the fantasy expectations for running back LaGarrette Blount have been ratcheted up. But Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik threw some cold water on any thought that the second-year back could carry the load for Tampa Bay this season. Speaking on Pro Football Talk Live, Dominik said he expects Blount to be part of a committee approach to rushing the football.
Blount was far and and away the team’s top rusher last season — leading the Bucs in carries (201), yards (1,007) and rushing touchdowns (6). He had limited work in the preseason and was generally unremarkable, but it did nothing to affect his status on the depth chart. However the team has decided that Earnest Graham will be Tampa’s third-down back, already limiting Blount’s touches. One bit of good news is that the former Oregon back did show an improved ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, something that he didn’t do well last season. If he can improve upon last year’s five catches for 14 yards, there’s a chance that he can earn more snaps.