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Jeremy Trueblood gets a look at guard



Jeremy Trueblood may have lost his job at right tackle, but it doesn't mean he can't be a starter on the offensive line for the Bucs.

Coach Greg Schiano said his team used the bye week to take a look at some different offensive line combinations, one which includes tackles such as Trueblood and Jamon Meredith moving to guard.

Following the season-ending injury to Pro Bowl right guard Davin Joseph, the Bucs scrambled for a solution and settled on Ted Larsen, who started 14 games over the past two seasons prior to 2012. For the first time in his career, a healthy Trueblood was among the inactive players for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

"This week, we don't have an opponent so we've done some different things. (Trueblood), with Dotson taking over at right tackle -- and there's nothing permanent in this business, but for now -- we've tried to move 'Blood around because as I've told you, I love his competitiveness, his fight, his desire,'' Schiano said. "So we've moved him around a little bit, taken a look at him at some different spots. We'll see.

"When you lose a guy like Davin, you have to really work to figure out the best way to fill in. I won't say replace, because I don't think anybody is going to replace an All Pro player, but how do you fill in for him?

Can Trueblood, at 6-foot-8, 320-pounds, play guard as well as tackle?

"It's done,'' Schiano said. "There are guys in our division who are doing it. It's a matter of are you willing to do the things you have to do to get the job done. I know he is. Can he is the question and we'll figure that out. But Ted (Larsen) is still in the mix and Cody Wallace and Jamon Meredith. There's a bunch of guys, we'll figure it out.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 4:36pm]


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