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New Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount Was Told He’ll Do Short-Yardage And Goal-Line Stuff


New Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount averaged five yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns last season with the New England Patriots and because of that, he said Friday in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s kind of surprised they let him get away in free agency.

“I didn’t think they were going to let me go,” said Blount. “At the end of the day, though, there is a business of this whole thing and the business part is that they couldn’t meet the requirements of a contract deal with me, so we had to part ways.”

When he met with the Steelers last Friday, Blount said that they were very up front with him about how they intend on using him in 2014.

“They basically told me that a lot teams have three or four guys that run the football and that they feel like they can do everything that they want done with two,” said Blount, who came into the league with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon in 2010. “They wanted to let me know up front what they wanted me to do and they told me they definitely want me to do short yardage, they definitely want me to do goal-line stuff. They want me to carry the football.

“They’re not going to limit me to anything off the past due to what I’ve done with past teams. If I’m able to do the third down stuff with them, then they’re going to let me do it. If I’m able to do the protections and the ball catching stuff with them, they’re going to let me do it. They’re not going to put a limit on anything that I can do.”

So far during his career, Blount has mainly been a two-down running back and dating back to his rookie season, he’s one of the best in the game on first down and ten carries.

“They got me because they know I can run the football,” said Blount. “They know I can be productive running the football and they just wanted me to come there and carry the football.”

You can hear more of what Blount had to say during his interview in the audio posted below.

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  • chris ward

    Nice interview, glad that Blount is a part of the Steelers.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Well…There goes Bell’s fantasy value flying right out the firetrucking window.

  • steelster

    Yes I know I was going to draft bell and now I’m not so sure.

  • cp72

    Not in my ppr league…..

  • Big White

    Wasn’t so sold on the addition when word broke, but I’ve come around. Steelers definitely need to win more 3rd and 4th downs. Plus, his hands are better than your normal bruiser.

  • SteelersDepot

    you do know he only has 23 career regular season receptions, right?

  • Big White

    I was not aware of the total, but for 250 lbs and splitting time with three backs in three different prior uniforms, not going to scare me away from throwing him the football. The guy was a beast the last seven games last year. If the Steelers are telling him that he and Leveon need to be ready to carry the load, I suspect will see him perhaps catch 20 balls this SEASON.

  • SteelersDepot

    if he catches 20 passes, something has gone wrong.

  • dgh57

    At the time the news broke about us taking a look at Blount this is about what I expected him to do for us and also backup Bell. Post draft may tell a different story as I expect we’ll draft a more well rounded RB to be #2 to Bell.

  • Game_Time

    Who cares about fantasy as long as we put up W’s on a regular basis ?

  • Big White

    That’s a whopping 1.25 catches per game

  • SteelersDepot

    Witch should go to Bell and thus my point.

  • Clifford Taz Johnson

    In my opinion I like Blount over bell just look at stats bell: 3.5 rushing avg Blount: 4.7 looks like Blount is the better back

  • steelster

    Clifford, some things to consider. Bell was a rookie last year playing behind a very average run blocking line. Also, bell is a more complete back and had I believe 45 receptions while blount has 23 his entire career. Blount is a 1st and 2nd down back. He also played behind the patriots line last year which is one of the best in the nfl.

  • Clifford Taz Johnson

    Well look at this his rookie year he had 1000+ yards and averaged 5.0 per carry and as far as catching Tampa bay was not about throwing a lot if they have a runner they are going to let them run and the patriots when you look at the film he basically destroyed the defenders straight power house

  • steelster

    Maybe they will split series, who knows but it’s great the steelers have both.

  • Clifford Taz Johnson

    I agree use him to open up the passing game for the new receivers we got and he will get more catches since he are with us

  • PoKey21

    Everyone that plays fantasy would be my guess. Are you implying that just because they play fantasy they somehow careless about how the team does? Such poor logic.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Blount was a nice pickup. Once we add a draft pick and LSH to the bunch we got some solid depth at the RB position.

  • Shawn S.

    I love that we added Blount to the mix. I just hope Haley can utilize them both effectively and keep them both comfortable with their roles. His play calling was suspect the beginning of last year but he redeemed himself the second half of the year. Hopefully he’ll pick up where he left off and make the most of our new weapon. Go Steelers.

  • steeltown

    That’s how I see the RB depth chart rounding out as well (barring injury)

  • Game_Time

    Didn’t imply anything…. Just made a very clear and precise statement

  • Douglas Andrews

    This should be a really good team on offense. We’ll need the offensive punch this year to carry this team.

  • PoKey21

    Ok we’ll if that’s the case the people who play fantasy football do in fact care about Bells carries. Also anything that ends in a question mark can not be considered a “clear and precise Statement.” Your “statement” that was disguised as a question just added nothing to the conversation making it very far from clear and we have already discussed why it’s not even close to a “precise a statement.”

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