Bucs’ Blount closes in on 1,000-yard season

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“I’ve heard a whole bunch of different things. `Do you plan to do it going into every game?’ I was like, `I don’t plan to do it ever.’ It’s kind of a reaction. It’s just instinct when I do it. I’m just happy that I’m able to provide fans with entertainment.”

With 59 yards against the Saints, Blount would become Tampa Bay’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Williams gained 1,178 as a rookie in 2005.

Unlike Blount, who was undrafted primarily because of the punch that shortened his final season at Oregon, Williams was a first-round draft pick, No. 5 overall.

The rookie said he doesn’t have any bad feelings about being passed over in the draft by every team, including Tampa Bay.

Nor, he added, is out prove anybody underestimated him or his ability.

“I run hard just to let everybody know I still love the game no matter if I’m drafted or not. Just to let everybody know that I’m going to come out here and have fun no matter who’s team I’m on,” he said.

“It’s not that I’m running angry. … I’m not running with a chip on my shoulder. I’m just happy I got the opportunity, and I’m going to try to make the best of it.”

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