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At the end of the 2010 NFL Draft LeGarrette Blount was left without a home in the NFL. Blount agreed in principle to a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers following the draft. However, after a meeting with Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, Blount decided to sign with the Titans instead.
He actually made the final cut at the Titans and was part of their initial 53 man roster as the 2010 season rolled into gear. However, in August of 2010, Blount was involved in an incident in which he threw a punch at Tennessee Titans teammate Defensive End Eric Bakhitan. This wasn't the first time football fans had seen LeGarrette's best David Haye impression...
Blount's college team The Oregon Ducks opened their 2009 season with a 19–8 loss to the Boise State Broncos. Blount ended the game with negative yardage (-8) and points (-2 from a safety). Shortly after the end of the game, Boise State defensive end Byron Taut taunted Blount and slapped his shoulder pad.
Blount then punched Hout in the jaw when he was looking the other way, knocking him to the ground. Blount then hit teammate Garrett Embry, who was attempting to restrain him, in the helmet. The video of this incident spread like wild fire around the world and Blount became known as a thug and a bad-boy. This contributed greatly to his draft stock dropping off the charts altogether.
After being cut from the Titans roster LeGarrette was claimed off of waivers by Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 6th October and set about learning the Bucs Offensive playbook. In light of Carnell Williams' continued problems with running the ball and the Buccaneers subsequent woes in controlling their games with little to no ground game Blount was quickly into action.
He played in his first regular season NFL game in a week three 38-13 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, gaining 27 yards on six rushes and scoring one touchdown while deputising for Cadillac late in the game. The signs were there for all to see LeGarrette Blount could play.
On 31st October the time had come for the NFL to take note of the former Duck as Blount recorded his breakout game as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. He accumulated 120 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries, and chipped in 9 receiving yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 victory at the Arizona Cardinals.
Highlighting the performance was a late game 43-yard run in which Blount hurdled an approaching Kerry Rhodes. This play was in all NFL highlight reels for that week and is likely to make a host of end of season ones too. After this performance Blount became a bigger and bigger part of the Buccaneers Offense and he saw increased time on the field in subsequent games.
Blount ran for 46 yards off of 13 carries in the Georgia Dome during the Bucs close defeat to the Falcons last week. He followed this up with another big performance against the Carolina Pussycats with a hard hitting 91 yards off just 19 carries and a spectacular touchdown where he spun through the air a full 360 degrees and still managed to know where the goal line was another play that will surely make highlight reels once again.
Blount is second amongst rookie Running Backs in the NFL in terms of TDs, rushing yards and yards per carry. Not bad for a bad-boy who nobody wanted! With Cadillac rolling into the endzone Sunday too and the improving O-Line play and the return of Earnest Graham to come the Buccaneers run game hasn't looked this healthy for a long time.
6-3. Bring on the 49ers!