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|Blount was a revelation for the Bucs as an undrafted rookie free agent picked up on the waiver wire after being released in the preseason by the Titans. He assumed the starting role at midseason for an ineffective Cadillac Williams and finished the season with 1,007 rushing yards and six touchdowns while averaging an impressive 5.0 yards per carry. However, his limitations as a receiver and pass blocker were evident and with the Bucs often playing from behind, Blount struggled mightily, finishing the year with 781 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He was especially ineffective down the stretch, accumulating just 137 yards and one touchdown on 46 carries over the Bucs final five games. His struggles caused the Bucs to draft Boise State product Doug Martin late in the first round of this year’s draft and he has entered training camp ahead of Blount in the pecking order at running back. While there are no guarantees that Martin will excel in his rookie season, he will get the first crack at earning a significant amount of playing time with Blount likely to get the goal line work and subbing in as a change of pace option. Consider Blount a low end RB4 entering the season and a potential flex option in larger leagues.
|Bell, Blount expected to play tonight -- Thu Aug 21 12:15 pm --|
It would be a "reward" not to play them in an exhibition game
|As of early this afternoon, coach Mike Tomlin planned to play Steelers halfbacks Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount in tonight’s third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. A source told the Post-Gazette that it would be a “reward” not to play them in an exhibition game.
FF Today's Take: Both Steelers' running backs were busted last night for pot possession with Bell receiving and extra DUI charge. We're still awaiting word on what discipline action may be taken. If there is a punishment, it's unlikely it would be enforced this season.
|Bell, Blount arrested Wednesday night -- Wed Aug 20 7:30 pm --|
Cited for marijauna possession
|Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount have found themselves in trouble with the law just one day before their most important preseason game. Both men were arrested for marijuana possession on Wednesday night. Le’Veon Bell was also charged with a DUI.
FF Today's Take: Pittsburgh tends to be very tough on players with off-the-field issues and both Le'Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount are expected to be key pieces in the offense this year. This will be a first offense for both players but the team could also impose its own punishments. Rookie Dri Archer would see an increased workload if either or both guys are held out due to penalties stemming from this arrest.