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Bootlegged
03-02-2005, 08:35 AM
Buccaneers | Blaylock Interested in Joining Team - from www.KFFL.com
Wed, 2 Mar 2005 07:17:30 -0800

Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports free agent RB Derrick Blaylock (Chiefs) is interested in signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

BigChiefFan
03-02-2005, 08:42 AM
I wish him well.

keg in kc
03-02-2005, 09:12 AM
Do Blaylock, Bucs Have Mutual Interest? (http://www.pewterreport.com/article.asp?action=detail&article=1356&category=)

By: Scott Reynolds
March 2, 2005 12:51AM EST

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Can former Kansas City running back Derrick Blaylock help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 29th-ranked running game? Blaylock's agent, Michael Huyghue, thinks so and expects to be in contact with the Bucs today when the 2005 free agency season begins.

Copyright 2005 PewterReport.com
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will spend this offseason trying to upgrade its 29th-ranked running attack. While there is strong speculation that the team will spend a draft pick, perhaps the fifth overall selection, on a running back in April, expect Tampa Bay to also dabble in free agency to add some punch to its ground game.
The Buccaneers are expected to be in contact with free agent all-purpose back Derrick Blaylock, who has spent the past four seasons in Kansas City in Priest Holmes’ shadow.

“We’re interested in them,” Blaylock’s agent, Michael Huyghue, told PewterReport.com. “As soon as the clock strikes midnight (to kickoff free agency in 2005), we expect to hear from them. We’ll see how it goes. Derrick’s skills would be a good fit for what they do.”

Blaylock has the slashing running style and receiving skills in the passing game that the Bucs’ version of the West Coast offense demands from its halfbacks. He hasn’t had much of an opportunity to showcase that ability behind Holmes, a Pro Bowler, and Larry Johnson, a former first-round pick, but has carried the ball 156 times for 723 yards (4.6 avg.) and 10 touchdowns throughout his career. Blaylock has also caught 45 career passes for 474 yards (10.5 avg.) and two touchdowns. Despite handling the ball 201 times on offense, Blaylock has just one fumble.

He received the most playing time in his NFL career last year when Holmes missed the second half of the season due to a knee injury he suffered at Tampa Bay. In 2004, the 5-foot-9, 210-pound Blaylock rushed for 539 yards on 118 carries (4.6 avg.) and scored eight rushing touchdowns, while catching 25 passes for 246 yards (9.8 avg.), including one touchdown.

Blaylock scored a career-high four touchdowns while rushing for 90 yards on 19 carries (4.7 avg.) against Atlanta. He also caught three passes for 46 yards versus the Falcons. In a start against New Orleans, Blaylock logged 33 carries for 186 yards (5.6 avg.) and one touchdown to go with three catches for 38 yards (12.7 avg.). And against San Diego, he rushed for 57 yards on eight carries (7.1 avg.) and two touchdowns and had three catches for 21 yards before missing the last three games due to a knee sprain.

The Bucs are also expected to be interested in pursuing former New York Jets running back LaMont Jordan in free agency, but Oakland is believed to make the strongest run at Curtis Martin’s backup, who averaged 5.2 yards per carry in 2004.

Tampa Bay will likely enter the bidding and use the lure of playing for Jon Gruden and quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, who will be leaned upon to help out in the game-planning as well, to try to convince Jordan to become a Buccaneer. Hackett was essentially forced out as New York’s offensive coordinator at the end of the 2004 season, but the Jets had one of the league’s strongest running games.

Michael Pittman rushed for a career-high 926 yards and scored seven rushing touchdowns for Tampa Bay in 2004 despite missing the first three games due to an NFL suspension, but his six lost fumbles directly contributed to several losses and have the team concerned about his ball security heading in 2005. Pittman recently restructured his salary and his future in Tampa Bay past 2005 is in doubt.

The same could be said about 2004 free agent addition Charlie Garner, who rushed for 111 yards on 30 carries and missed the final 13 games of the season after tearing his patella tendon against Oakland in Week 3. Garner also took a pay cut over the weekend to help the Bucs get under the 2005 NFL salary cap figure of $85.5 million and is currently rehabbing his knee. His level of contribution for the 2005 season and beyond is also in question and he may be released after June 1 if he cannot make a complete recovery.

Kris Kringle
03-02-2005, 09:14 AM
I'd like to see Blaylock come back, but we've got other more important priorities to address before we should spend money on him.

Stinger
03-02-2005, 09:19 AM
Buccaneers | Blaylock Interested in Joining Team - from www.KFFL.com (http://www.KFFL.com)
Wed, 2 Mar 2005 07:17:30 -0800

Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports free agent RB Derrick Blaylock (Chiefs) is interested in signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I hope he would stay but if not good for him.

Saulbadguy
03-02-2005, 09:20 AM
If he goes, should we Draft a RB, sign a veteran FA, or promote someone off the practice squad?..or just go with 2 RB's?

keg in kc
03-02-2005, 09:21 AM
I'd probably either promote from the practice squad or take a flyer on a low round pick.

chop
03-02-2005, 09:48 AM
I seem to remember a rookie rb that the Chiefs had last year doing somewhat good. He showed some flashes and I think he's on the practice squad. I cannot remember his name but give me some time and I should be able to come up with it.

I could be wrong and it could have been just a dream.

MOhillbilly
03-02-2005, 09:50 AM
id like to see him stay he has good hands,and a good work ethic.

Phobia
03-02-2005, 10:03 AM
I seem to remember a rookie rb that the Chiefs had last year doing somewhat good. He showed some flashes and I think he's on the practice squad. I cannot remember his name but give me some time and I should be able to come up with it.

I could be wrong and it could have been just a dream.

Yeah - he's in NFLE. Jonathan Smith? Something like that....

DenverChief
03-02-2005, 12:10 PM
Bummer I kinda liked Blaylock....I wish him well

Ultra Peanut
03-02-2005, 12:19 PM
For a 2001 fifth-rounder out of Stephen F. Austin, he's done well.

Mr. Laz
03-02-2005, 12:21 PM
good luck derrick ... i hope you kick @ss

Spicy McHaggis
03-02-2005, 12:44 PM
Blaylocks going to be pissed when they draft Cadillac.

matts22
03-02-2005, 01:12 PM
Blaylocks going to be pissed when they draft Cadillac.

Yeah that's what I was thinking. The Bucs are going to draft a RB, so he won't start. But I wish him luck.

I wouldn't mind taking a late round flyer on Sproles. I mean, the guy is small, but he has all the talent in the world and is pretty tough (keep in mind, this is coming from a Mizzou fan). With our offensive line, he would probably be decent, because its more finesse than a "pound it out" style. How far in the draft do you think he will fall?

DenverChief
03-02-2005, 01:13 PM
Yeah that's what I was thinking. The Bucs are going to draft a RB, so he won't start. But I wish him luck.

I wouldn't mind taking a late round flyer on Sproles. I mean, the guy is small, but he has all the talent in the world and is pretty tough (keep in mind, this is coming from a Mizzou fan). With our offensive line, he would probably be decent, because its more finesse than a "pound it out" style. How far in the draft do you think he will fall?


Welcome :)

vckcchiefs04
03-02-2005, 01:17 PM
Good luck Derrick!!! We'll miss you!! :toast:

Saulbadguy
03-03-2005, 09:25 AM
Mar. 3 - In an effort to replace LaMont Jordan, the Jets are pursuing Chiefs running back Derrick Blaylock, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The 5-foot-9, 210-pound Blaylock rushed for 539 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

"Several teams are interested in Derrick, but our focus is the Jets," Blaylock's agent, Mike Huyghue, told the newspaper. "(Jets GM) Terry Bradway was in Kansas City. (Running back coach) Dick Curl knows Derrick as well. He feels very comfortable coming there. It's a great opportunity."