The Pittsburgh Steelers added LeGarrette Blount this offseason but he’s not likely to take over the starting role from Le’Veon Bell anytime soon.
But while Bell is the starter and Blount is a specialty back, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot set in stone in terms of the roles each player will be taking on. Primarily, Blount has been stated as being used as a goal line back, but the Steelers may branch out from that stance in the near future.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mike Tomlin isn’t locked in on just one way to use Blount this upcoming season and may feature the back as more than just a redzone and goal line runner.
Coach Mike Tomlin indicated Thursday Blount could be used in more than just red-zone situations. At 6 feet, 250 pounds, Blount has the build of someone who can excel near the goal line, but he also has experience as a featured back. He rushed for 1,000 yards as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and gained 772 yards last season with the New England Patriots.
Blount has been a starter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a surprise star for the New England Patriots and now a specialty back with the Steelers. But each place he’s been, his role has grown from what it originally was, and it’s looking like the same will be the case for Blount in Pittsburgh.
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