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Could LeGarrette Blount Be A Good Risk For Bengals?


Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs against the Indianapolis Colts in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals fans might be thinking is that the team already has a solid set of running backs on the team. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard, Cedric Peerman, and Rex Burkhead are the current tailbacks in the locker room.

Going into next season, the Bengals need a faster complimentary back than BJGE to help carry this new ground and pound offense under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. The Law Firm is a solid pro, but he lacks the burst needed on key downs and the ability to break long runs on the edge.
LeGarrette Blount is a similar back to Green-Ellis; a savvy, powerful, athletic, and aggressive type of running back who has the ability to escape on the edge if given the right space. Last year, with the New England Patriots, Blount totaled 772 yards on 153 carries.

Adding  seven touchdowns while averaging five yards per carry, Blount demonstrated why he can be a great complimentary back with the current model of two-headed running-back systems throughout the National Football League. Giovani Bernard can benefit from having someone like Blount taking carries if the Bengals decide not to grab a running in the early rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft in May.

Hue Jackson can make Blount into a game changer with his hard-nosed mentality, and another playmaker in the backfield can change the whole dynamic of the season with the run-first program now being installed under Dalton. But, can adding Blount be a worthwhile risk? Bengals fans might just have to find out.

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