LeGarrette Blount Gives Pittsburgh Steelers 'Thunder & Thunder' Backfield

By Andrew Fisher
LeGarrette Blount
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LeGarrette Blount had been looking for a new home for several weeks. But the wait is finally over for the RB, as he’s agreed to a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers will be Blount’s third different team since he entered the league in 2010. The RB had a couple of decent seasons in Tampa Bay before the New England Patriots traded for him last year. Blount would go on tie a career-high, averaging 5.0 yards per carry in 2013.

His 2013 season was of course highlighted by his monster four-touchdown game the playoffs last January.

But after he failed to reach a new agreement with the Pats early on in 2014 free agency (or after they told him they didn’t want him), it became clear that he would be starting a new chapter this season.

So, is Blount a good fit in Pittsburgh?

On first glance, it’s hard to see it. He’s a power back, but the Steelers already have one on their roster in the form of Le’Veon Bell. Both guys are bruisers and both seemingly fit the part of ‘thunder’ in the backfield.

Bell is about 15 pounds lighter, and he’s definitely more nimble than Blount — so maybe the Steelers view him as the lightning?

Regardless, Pittsburgh now has two large RBs at their disposal. Is that a bad thing? Heck no. There’s no written rule that say a team must have a lightning to compliment the thunder. Going with a ‘thunder and thunder’ combo is different, but it doesn’t mean it can’t work.

The Steelers could bring in another smaller back to compliment those two, but again, it’s not like they have to. Above all else, if you’re a Steelers fan, you can probably safely conclude that Pittsburgh is going to be more committed to running the ball in 2014 than it has been in a long time.


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