His name keeps coming up, so figured I'd update you on Jeremiah Trotter.
He was activated last week for the first time, playing only on special teams. The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker hasn't been needed on defense just yet, and it doesn't appear he will be anytime soon.
I asked defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin about Trotter's chances for playing this week given the Jags are such a smashmouth team. Figured maybe a huge middle linebacker could be of some value to the Bucs against Jacksonville. But Kiffin said if Trotter did get playing time on defense, it likely wouldn't be because the Bucs see a good matchup for him. It appears that Trotter's playing time, if and when it comes, will come as a result of injury or because of a lack of production by someone else.
WIth Barrett Ruud playing well and backup Ryan Nece holding his own, Trotter's likely to be remain on special teams if he is active this week. And, Kiffin said, even that isn't a sure thing given all the team's injuries. You can only dress 47 of your 53 players on game day, so there have been some tough choices the past several weeks. Those decisions usually aren't made until Friday or Saturday.