After LeGarrette Blount exploded for 101 yards and two TDs on just 11 carries in the New England Patriots‘ preseason opener last Friday, most of Patriot Nation was ecstatic. In that game, Blount ran with authority, showing the speed and strength that allowed him to rush for over 1,000 yards in his rookie year in 2010.
Now, he will have all eyes watching him in Week 2 this coming Friday night. The Patriots will take on his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Blount will be able to show the Bucs what they missed out on when they traded him for pennies on the dollar this past April. With Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett both coming off of minor injuries, the running game may be a main focal point in this second preseason matchup.
The only question regarding how Blount will play this week has to do with the Bucs’ defensive line. With a line consisting of guys like Da’Quan Bowers, Gerald McCoy, Gary Gibson and Adrian Clayborn, Blount may not have the level of success that he experienced against the Philadelphia Eagles‘ inferior line in Week 1.
On the other hand, Blount is still a big, strong bruiser of a running back who can break tackles with ease. As long as he can hold on to the football, he is capable of great things moving forward. With him facing his former team, he should have some added motivation to excel in this game.
How will Blount fare in his Week 2 matchup on Friday night? Can he duplicate his numbers from last week? Were his numbers last week a fluke? Feel free to comment in the “comments” section below.