Blount takes heavy dose of hazing

The Tennessee Titans capped training camp with some rookie hazing on Thursday.

It was probably to be expected that rookie running back LeGarrette Blount would take a heavy dose of hazing. Blount had at least three water coolers get dumped over his head, The Tennessean reports.

    “He has become a very popular teammate,” coach Jeff Fisher said of Blount.
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Gado gets his chance before Blount

Before the Tennessee Titans’ latest preseason game against the visiting Arizona Cardinals, coach Jeff Fisher had indicated that newly signed running back Samkon Gado likely wouldn’t play on Monday night. Gado played, and even went into the game before LeGarrette Blount. Fisher told The Tennessean why he made the move:

    “He’s a smart guy that’s been around the block and (initially) I didn’t want to put him in a position where he’d risk muscle pulls or injuries, that kind of thing because he hasn’t been to camp. So we communicated each day. He did extra work after practice and felt good. He said, ‘I feel good,’ and we said, ‘OK, we’ll try to get you some carries.'”

Blount helps seal Titans’ victory

Instead of throwing punches, LeGarrette Blount provided the knock-out blow in the Tennessee Titans’ 24-10 win over the visiting Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.

Getting all nine of his carries in the fourth quarter — spelling recent Titans addition Samkon Gado in the backfield — Blount ran with authority and produced a game-high 42 yards. Blount was the fourth Titans running back to get action in Monday’s game, behind Chris Johnson, Javon Ringer and Gado.

Gado also showed well, scoring two touchdowns on just seven carries.

The competition for the third spot on the depth chart appears to be between Blount and Gado, with Johnson entrenched as the starter and Ringer as the No. 2 back.

With starters often going deeper in the third preseason game, the battle could come down to how Blount and Gado play in the Titans’ final preseason game.


Tough way to end Blount’s tough week

What a week for Titans RB LeGarrette Blount.

It started with him missing practice due to personal reasons. When he returned, he landed in the national spotlight after punching a teammate at practice.

And just as that hoopla started to dissipate, he found himself in a far more painful position during Saturday’s practice when he took a shot to the groin, according to The Tennessean.

Here’s hoping that Blount is able to stay healthy, upright and under control next week.


Report: Blount punched college coach

Before the haymaker to Boise State’s Byron Hout and the jab to Eric Bakhtiari during a fiesty Titans practice on Wednesday, LeGarrette Blount inadvertently punched his head coach in college, reports John Canzano of The Oregonian. Here’s how it all went down:

    Blount was carrying the football on a play that swung wide when he was met by two University of Oregon defenders. Defensive back Jairus Byrd and linebacker Jerome Boyd grabbed Blount and shoved him toward the sideline. A scuffle broke out, facemasks were grabbed, bodies tangled and then Ducks head coach Mike Bellotti hurried toward the mess, trying to break up the players. Blount threw a punch. It missed Byrd and Boyd, but caught the side of Bellotti’s face — square.

Bellotti, now an ESPN college football analyst, denied the report. Belotti told the network that the players pushed and shoved each other, but no punches were thrown by anyone.


Blount’s temper could hurt his future

The punch that Titans rookie running back LeGarrette Blount threw at teammate Eric Bakhtiari at the end of practice Wednesday might not be a big deal to coach Jeff Fisher and the Titans, but they need to watch things.

Blount told me that he knew he was going to be taunted and teased and pushed to lose his temper after his infamous cold-cocking of Boise State player Byron Hout. Blount said months ago that he wouldn’t respond. I know that tempers get heated in practice and these things happen all the time. But you better believe Blount’s potential to lose it will be on scouting reports and players could take it upon themselves to egg him on.

Blount, undrafted out of Oregon, is expected to make the Titans’ roster but he better learn to manage his emotions or his career will be short-lived.

— Steve Wyche


Blount’s week gets worse with punch

LeGarrette Blount was suspended eight games by the University of Oregon last season after he punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in both teams’ season-opener.

That incident cost Blount dearly, not only did he miss most of his senior season, but Blount — who entered the 2009 college season as one of the top running back prospects — went undrafted.

Blount’s latest punch, a short jab to Tennessee Titans defensive end Eric Bakhtiari‘s helmet a few moments after having his own headgear ripped off during a feisty Wednesday night practice, was downplayed by Titans coach Jeff Fisher.

“He apologized, and I said he didn’t have to apologize,” Fisher said. “It’s football. It’s training camp.”

Despite Fisher’s words, it’s been a difficult week for Blount. Aside from losing his temper on the field, he has new competition in the backfield. After Stafon Johnson suffered a season-ending injury and was then waived Tuesday, the Titans signed veteran RB Samkon Gado.

It looked like Blount was in position to earn a spot on the 53-man roster when Johnson went down, but the Gado addition coupled with Blount’s on-field incident clouds his future in Tennessee.

At this point, Blount needs to make news for carrying the football and nothing more.

Blount explains his side of the latest incident in this video.


Titans add Gado, what it means for Blount

You didn’t think it was going to be that easy for LeGarrette Blount, did you? That after waiving injured rookie RB Stafon Johnson after his nasty ankle injury over the weekend that the Titans weren’t going to search for someone to replace him?

Because that’s what Tennessee did in signing five-year veteran RB Samkon Gado, who, in the few times he has started in the past, has proven to be a valuable backup capable of stepping up. Gado, who most recently spent the previous two years in St. Louis, made five starts as a rookie in 2005 with the Packers and eclipsed the 100-yard mark in three of those games.

So what does the signing of Gado mean for Blount? The short answer is that Blount, who scored a touchdown Sunday night in Seattle, still has to work his butt off to assure himself a spot on the 53-man roster. Because if he doesn’t, the Titans have just insured themselves with a guy who has proven himself in the past.


Blount’s bid to make Titans takes turn

With Chris Johnson the obvious starter, the biggest backfield question in Tennessee is who will spell the NFL’s leading rusher from a season ago.

Undrafted free agent LeGarrette Blount is not only competing to make the 53-man roster, but also for the touches when CJ2K is off the field. While fellow rookie Stafon Johnson suffered a dislocated ankle in the preseason-opener, leaving his season in doubt, reserve Javon Ringer impressed with 60 yards rushing.

Blount scored a touchdown en route to rushing for 4 yards on five carries in the loss at Seattle. analyst Bucky Brooks breaks down Blount’s performance as well the battle for the No. 2 spot in Tennessee.


Blount excused for personal reasons

After scoring a touchdown in his debut with the Titans on Saturday night, we learned Sunday that rookie RB LeGarrette Blount will miss the next few days of training camp.

Not to worry, though, as it has nothing to do with his health.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Blount is excused for personal reasons and is expected to return on Wednesday.