Long-snapper Economos grateful Bucs stuck with him
Andrew Economos said he's grateful the Bucs organization remained committed to him during a sixth-month rehabilitation from a torn Achilles injury.
Economos will return to the lineup Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The Bucs released UCLA rookie longsnapper Christian Yount to make room for Economos.
"They've been awesome to me here, I mean absolutely awesome,'' Economos said. "I can't say enough about that. They never once led me to think I was not going to be here.
"Once they could talk to me outside of the lockout and figure out what was going on and how I was doing, when I came back, I was a lot better off than they might have thought. We talked about it, got together a plan and here we are.''
The Achilles ruptured in the middle of the tendon, which Economos said was the best-case scenario. A rupture by the heel or near the calf would require more rehab. Economos said doctors used a hamstring tendon from a cadaver and intertwined it 'like a rope,' with the repaired tendon.
"They used Kevlar sutures, so it's as strong as it could be,'' Economos said. "It feels great.''
The Bucs were up front with Yount that Economos would re-claim the job as longsnapper as soon as he was ready to return.
"Christian did an amazing job,'' said. "I can't say enough about his attitude about the whole thing. He and I got along real well. They let him know from day one what the situation was. They handled it well in that case. I think it's just a trust thing. They know what I bring to the table, leadership-wise. I know the guys. I've been in the locker room for awhile now.''