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Demar Dotson promoted to starting right tackle over Jeremy Trueblood



The Bucs seem to like what they saw from Demar Dotson on Sunday.

The backup offensive lineman who started at right tackle for injured Jeremy Trueblood was today listed as the starting right tackle on the week's depth chart. Coach Greg Schiano has said that any permanent changes in the lineup would be reflected there, meaning this is not related to Trueblood's injury but, rather, is based on performance.

Dotson had previously started just two games in his career as a blocking tight end, but his showing in the preseason -- when he filled in for injured Donald Penn at left tackle -- and his improvement in practices showed coaches he was capable of playing more.

Sunday, against the Giants' feared pass rush, Dotson was solid, his main flaw being the lone false start he committed. Otherwise, he was sound in his pass protection against some of the league's best pass rushers -- Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck.

The play of the offensive line in pass protection was one of the bright spots in the loss, and Dotson was a reason why.

"Those guys are real, real good," Dotson said afterward. ". . . It’s tough. With the noise, it was hard to hear. But we kept our poise. I had my false start. I have to work on that. I had Pierre-Paul, Tuck. Man, those guys are good. Hands down the best defensive line in the NFL. What a coming-out party."

Dotson has come a long way in his fourth season. He played just one year of football -- as a defensive lineman -- at Southern Miss and was brought in as a project as an undrafted free agent. Now, the former basketball player has a chance to further establish himself.

Meanwhile, Trueblood has lost his starting job for the second time in three seasons after being benched for James Lee in 2010. And after the Bucs forcefully asked him to renegotiate his contract before the season, it's reasonable to suggest Trueblood could be enjoying his last season with the Bucs.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 5:56pm]


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