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April 4, 2012 @ 3:44 pm
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Blount and Parker Re-signed, QB Carpenter Released

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The Buccaneers announced today that RB LeGarrette Blount and WR Preston Parker signed their exclusive-rights tender offers. In a somewhat surprising move Tampa Bay also announced they have released backup QB Rudy Carpenter.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster shuffle and revamping continued today with the announcement that RB LeGarrette Blount and WR Preston Parker have signed their exclusive-rights tender offers. In addition to the Bucs re-signing Parker and Blount, Tampa Bay surprised many by announcing that they have waived QB Rudy Carpenter.

Blount has led the Buccaneers in rushing in each of the last two seasons. In 2010, his first year out of Oregon, Blount led all rookies with 1,007 rushing yards on 201 carries (5.0 avg.). In doing so, he became the third rookie in team history and the just second undrafted rookie in NFL history to finish with more than 1,000 yards in a single season. 

In 14 games last season, all of them starts, Blount recorded 781 yards and five touchdowns on 184 rushes (4.2 avg.). He also made 15 receptions for 148 yards (9.9 avg.).

New head coach Greg Schiano has praised Blount and his running style this spring but also put the former Duck, along with anyone who handles the football, on notice that turnovers are unacceptable. Blount had five fumbles last season, losing three.

Some mock drafts have the Buccaneers selecting former Alabama star Trent Richardson with the No. 5 pick later this month, something Blount told CBSSports.com blogger Will Brinson on Tuesday he is opposed to.

“I would not like that pick,” Blount said. “I would definitely not be happy with that pick."

Parker originally joined the Buccaneers in 2010 as a college free agent from North Alabama. As a rookie, he played nine games and recorded four catches for 42 yards.

In 2011, Parker played in all 16 games, finishing fourth on the team with 40 receptions, third with 554 receiving yards, and tied for second with three touchdown catches. Parker became one of quarterback Josh Freeman’s favorite receivers, especially on third down making several clutch receptions through the season to keep the chains moving.

The release of Carpenter comes as a bit of a surprise, especially with the Buccaneers declining to retain the services of Josh Johnson who signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers last month. The Buccaneers added former Lions and Colts QB Dan Orlovsky during the first week of free agency with the intention of replacing Johnson as the backup quarterback. The only other Bucs’ rostered quarterback is former Utah QB Brett Ratliff. The former Ute has also had stints with the Jets, Browns, Patriots and Jaguars, but has never attempted a regular season pass in the NFL.

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    BF47: If football skills can't be taught why don't we just get rid of the coaches who are said to be "good teachers." Foot speed is over-rated, I'll take "football" speed. Emmitt Smith was no speed burner. Mike Alstott and Blount sure looked fast enough running over people to me. I don't have an issue if the decision is to draft Richardson or any other back but I am puzzled as to why some fans are down on Blount.
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    Once again, the Raheem Morris era left us with more questions than answers. It seems the fans are divided between drafting Richardson or drafting a RB to compliment Blount later in the draft. I believe Blount could still be the bell cow. He had a solid rookie year running for more than 1,000 yards and he didn't play the entire season. Last year was a complete meltdown, with the offense playing from behind from the opening kickoff in most games. The running game was supposed to be the focus, but it became an after thought. To say Blount can't be the lead back wouldn't be accurate. He proved something in his rookie year. I can't think of many players that played great last year, the entire team imploded. Clayborn played his butt off, Ronde was solid, that's about it.
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    We only signed him becuz we mite not get Trent Richardson.
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    I think we draft LaMichael James to address the RB position~that way they can call the O line "The Duck Blind"...
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    I think Blount's response to the question about his feelings if Dominik drafts Trent Richardson was , well......honest. All the criticism about #27 and his supposed lack of experience in pass protection and as a receiver are way overblown. Really, just how hard can those aspects of the game be? Can't they be taught? Cadillac sure improved and eventually excelled with time. Blount has never had an off-season to work on those skills. How about giving him a chance to show what he can do this off-season. We sure know he can run and........leap over people. Funny how Coach Schiano punked the media when they asked why Blount was missing on the first day. He merely said he had a "previous appointment." Of course all thought, what's more important than the first day with the new staff? Uhhhhhhh, modeling the new Nike uniforms as the Bucs representative. Good one coach.
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    Scu - I respectfully disagree it can be taught. In some instances it can, but foot speed plays a BIG role here. Blount sucks at it. He can't catch out of the backfield. I'm not sold at all he can be the every down back this Bucs team needs. I don't think the coaching staff is sold on it, and that to me is why he's already been put on notice by the coach. If he starts fumbling early on, the coach already has a great excuse to bench him in favor of someone else. My guess here is that Schiano isn't sold on him as the teams all-purpose back. I feel he's viewed as a complementary back, a stop-gap until the teams finds it's full time starter. If and when that day comes starts on draft day. It may not be this year if the Bucs don't draft Richardson. I don't think they'll get the chance, as I'm onboard with Cleveland taking him at #4. http://walterfootball.com/draft2012.php
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    Blount may not like the drafting of Richardson but, Who do we have to replace him if he goes down,or if he throws a puch at a player like he did lasy year.The new coach is not going to go for that BS. Oh Ya and i hope he learns how the passing game works this off season or at least how to block for his QB.
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    Since we didn't sign Blount past this season you can bet that we will draft at least one RB in the early rounds and another in the late rounds. I got to believe that Blount will move on next year. Carpenter wasn't in the picture under Coach Schiano's scheme; his arm is not strong enough. I wonder what Blount signed for? Parker is our 5th WR and will fit in fine.
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    Hey Mark, correct me if Im wrong. But I would assume Jackson will be our number 1 wideout leaving Williams, Benn, and Briscoe battling for the 2 3 4 spots. So where does Parker really fit in the offense?
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    He will battle for one of the roster spots. I would imagine the Bucs keep 5 guys so he has a good shot to earn a spot. Will probably have to be a factor on special teams also. But remember Raymond Webber and Ed Gant are two young promising receivers the Bucs want to get a good look at.
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    Rudy won some preseason games for us, and I liked him, but had he been called upon to start if Freeman and Nr. 2 went down, he did not have the arm strength to carry it off. Maybe Ratliff does and Schiano wants him to get Rudy's 3rd string snaps and opportunities in preseason. Utah has had a number of good quarterbacks--look who the 49ers just resigned--Smith from Utah.
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    You just keep rolling Blount force trauma!!! Sorry to see Rudy go kid played pretty well...
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