We hear that the Buccaneers were hoping that LeGarrette Blount would have made more progress in becoming a better all-around back by the time the regular season started. Blount, one of the gems GM Mark Dominik plucked off waivers after roster cuts before last season, has improved as a blocker and receiver, but the lockout likely played a role in keeping him from making the kind of strides Tampa Bay wants to see. It's not that he's not interested in becoming a better blocker — sources say he has made it a goal to get better at it and play every down. It's possible the Bucs will be ready to use him that way before this season is over. Earnest Graham is the third-down back for now, but the team would like to see Kregg Lumpkin fight for that job. If the Bucs are disappointed with anyone in the backfield, we hear it's Lumpkin, who didn't step up in the preseason.
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