Bucs looking at options behind injured Davin Joseph
The Bucs’ offensive line remains in a bit of flux after Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph’s season-ending knee injury.
Today, the Bucs had Jamon Meredith, at times, lining up with the starting lineup at right guard. Meanwhile, Ted Larsen – who replaced Joseph after the injury in Friday’s game – was working the second team, at center.
None of it is permanent based on statements from coach Greg Schiano, but it would appear that the Bucs aren’t simply handing the right guard position to Larsen, either. Before anyone is given the job, the Bucs are going to thoroughly explore their options.
“We’re looking at a bunch of guys at guard,” Schiano said. “We’ll do that (Wednesday against the Redskins). We’ll have different guys in there. (Derek) Hardman, Larsen, Meredith. We’re going to play a bunch of guys at guard and then we’ll make use of that film in part of our evaluation process. We have time right now before we have to make a final decision, so we’re going to utilize that time.”
Larsen said he is assuming nothing and has not been told what his role will be. He has the most starting experience of the three options, starting 14 games for Tampa Bay in the past two seasons. He also is the only player among the primary backup linemen able to play center.
Meredith, meanwhile, is hoping he’ll get a chance to show he is viable option at guard and is versatile in his own way. Primarily a tackle, Meredith wants the chance to show his ability at guard.
“I can play everything except for center,” he said. “I definitely think I’m versatile. I can pretty much bounce around anywhere and hold my own.
“I played a little bit (of guard) in Pittsburgh, but not much in the games. Basically at practice. I played it my senior year in college. I definitely have to (prove it).”