Jeremy Trueblood's lack of versatility prompted inactive status
OT Jeremy Trueblood was left inactive for Sunday's game, coach Greg Schiano said, because the Bucs needed a more versatile backup lineman at their disposal.
Now that Trueblood is coming off the bench – Demar Dotson has taken over at right tackle – it’s gotten harder to justify his place in the gameday lineup. His spot instead went to Jamon Meredith, a tackle who also has the ability to play guard, if necessary.
“We felt like Jamon gave us more position flexibility,” Schiano said. “It was a tough one. I love Trueblood. I think he’s everything we want: Hard-working, (pays) attention to detail, tough. But it’s just when you’re not the starter, when you’re a backup and you dress seven offensive linemen, it’s (about) position flexibility at that point. Blood is a team guy and he was disappointed, but he worked his tail off during the game helping us. I’d expect nothing less but I’m glad that he did that.”
Trueblood has been a starter for the Bucs in each of his previous six seasons.