Echoing the sentiments of plenty of fantasy owners with high expectations, Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount expressed his unhappiness over the game plan during Tampa Bay’s season-opening loss to the Detroit Lions. Blount logged just five carries for 15 yards.
Part of the issue may have been a coach Raheem Morris’ decision to go to a two-minute offense and abandon the running game. Tampa rushed just 16 times for 56 yards — something that Morris has no plans to make a habit of. It should be reassuring to fantasy owners that the coach told reporters on Monday that he would prefer to “bludgeon you for 130 yards and a couple of play action bombs”. Although it’s a little disconcerting that newly christened third down back Earnest Graham had more carries than Blount and added eight catches for 58 yards.
The verdict? Don’t totally give up on Blount yet. Next week, Tampa Bay faces a Minnesota Vikings defense that was gashed on the ground by the San Diego Chargers in Week 1. However, you may want to consider moving Blount to a flex position until you get a better sense of how Tampa plans to use him.