New starters Jones, Vincent were more physical players, according to Morris
Safety Sean Jones and left guard Keydrick Vincent won starting jobs in training camp and the preseason because they were the more physical players, Bucs coach Raheem Morris said Tuesday.
Jones, a free agent who started nine games for the Eagles last season, won the job over Sabby Piscitelli, who struggled in 2009. Vincent, 32, is a 10-year vet who started 40 games the past two seasons for the Carolina Panthers. He won the job over Jeremy Zuttah, who will provide depth at guard and center.
"Week 3 in the preseason, for us, is our mock game day, how you want to open the season,'' Morris said. "Unless something happens out of my control, that's how we would like to start the season with the guys we have on our depth chart and the guys we've got going.
"It's what we talked about at the beginning, the more physical player we wanted to have on this football team. The more physical guys we wanted to be out there as starters. Right now, they're both proved to me more physical presences on offense and defense and that's the guys we chose to go with as starters.''
Morris said it's not guaranteed that Piscitelli would be part of a rotation at safety.
"What is does for us is provide us with great depth,'' Morris said. "You've got two guys who have been in the fire a little bit with Sabby and Zuttah. Both those guys have been starters. Both of those guys have thrived in that role of coming off the bench.
"It's tough at first. Nobody wants to be demoted.
Morris said despite the depth chart which lists Maurice Stovall as the starting Z receiver (flanker, off the line of scrimmage), that position still is up for grabs between Sammie Stroughter, Arrelious Benn and Reggie Brown.