Carimi ready to step in at left guard
The Bucs acquired Gabe Carimi in April to provide depth on their offensive line, and push RT Demar Dotson during camp.
But it appears Carimi's versatility - having made starts at both guard and tackle in two seasons - could be utilized on Sunday. With Pro Bowler Carl Nicks (MRSA) likely out, Carimi has taken a lot of the first-team reps at left guard and is preparing to play there against the Jets.
"I feel pretty going into this week for sure," Carimi said. "I've got two great guys around me, experienced guys (C Jeremy Zuttah and LT Donald Penn), and they've been in the system so they've helped me out."
It's been an adjustment for Carimi, who has played mostly on the right side in his career, but he said the experience of starting there in a couple preseason games helped "immeasurably."
"There's different looks at guard than there are at tackle, and switching stance back over to the left," Carimi said. "I hadn't been on the left side for a while, so there's some hiccup coming out there, but I feel good."
Carimi, the Bears first-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2011, said he hasn't been told he's starting Sunday, and coach Greg Schiano said Ted Larsen and Jamon Meredith are also options. But Schiano said he's comfortable with any of them stepping in.