I hear a great many people talk about Blount not being able to be in on 3rd down... about opposing teams knowing to key run if he is in the game...
Given a look at his stats it would appear that he got better from 2010 to 2011 in that respect, but is it good enough?
rushing: 184 781 4.2
receiving: 15 148 9.9
rushing: 201 1,007 5.0
receiving: 5 14 2.8
He had four fumbles in 2010 and five in 2012 with three lost in both years.
Certainly his receiving improved statistically.
I think looking at the situational stats might reveal some better clarity in the discussion as well.
Looking at those one of my concerns is the lack of production in the first half in 2011. In 2010 he averaged 5.4yds per carry in the 1st half of games and in 2011 that was a pedestrian 3.5yds per carry. The numbers are better in the second half, but in a great many games teams were focused on the pass since the Buccaneers were trailing in most games.
For my part I was happy with what I saw on the field with the passing game, but I still have issues with the fact that he looks tentative to hit the hole. Dude is a monster... and I would think hitting the hole hard would spring a few more yards from him than the lateral movement.
I would like to see some other option than Lumpkin though... the team really did not have any other threat. Getting the team back to WD40 type options would be ideal IMHO.