Of course, the Buccaneers didn't get the chance to pick Richardson, but they did move back into the first round to select Doug Martin, who is now pushing Blount for the top spot in the backfield. The increased competition has been good for Blount, who has slimmed down and appears to have changed his habits under first-year head coach Greg Schiano.
"We can definitely be the best duo in the NFL, with the schemes that we have, with the offensive line that we have, with the blocking and the confidence (Martin) has in me and the confidence I have in him," Blount said. "It's definitely going to be a really good fit. We have the potential to be the best backfield in the league."
A professional athlete expressing confidence in his own abilities is nothing new or shocking, so we shouldn't overreact to Blount's comments. For now, though, between the Carolina Panthers' duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and the quartet of running backs on the New Orleans Saints, Blount and Martin aren't even the best backfield tandem in the NFC South.