FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Following his 2010 rookie season, a year in which he averaged five yards per rush and totaled 1,007, running back LeGarrette Blount was looking like a focal point of the Buccaneers offense for years to come.
Things can change quickly in the NFL, however, and he is now readying to face his former team when they travel to Foxborough for Week 3 action this Sunday.
And yet, Blount told reporters on Thursday that there's no emotion attached to playing against his former teammates.
"I'm a Patriots player now, I don't play for the Bucs no more," he said. "I don't look at them as a former team, I look at them as somebody I've got to play against, just like everybody else."
Acquired during a draft-day trade that also involved running back/return specialist Jeff Demps being shipped to Tampa Bay, Blount added that there is no extra motivation for him to perform this week.
"Not at all," he said. "I'm coming into work, doing everything that I have to do, supposed to do, and go out there and play a game, just like I didn't know nobody on that squad."
Asked whether he could offer any intel on his former teammates, Blount noted that he and his teammates are well prepared based off the scouting reports distributed by their coaches.
"We have scouting reports, we all know their personnel and habits," Blount said. "We watch film on them, so they know just about as much as I do."
And while Blount didn't want to get into much conversation about facing his former team, he acknowledged that Tampa presents a tough test this Sunday.
"They're a dangerous opponent, they're a couple plays from being 2-0, just like Bill [Belichick] said," he added. "It's just going to be us coming out there and executing our game plan."