Trueblood picked up a lot of things about guard play from watching Joseph
At least tackle Jeremy Trueblood knows what good guard play looks like. He had the best vantage point for the past six years, lining up alongside a certain dreadlocked Pro Bowler.
But a season-ending knee injury to Davin Joseph has created a gaping hole in the Bucs offensive line that even the 6-foot-8, 320-pound Trueblood may have trouble filling.
Having lost his starting right tackle job to Demar Dotson, Trueblood took the first repetitions at Joseph's old spot at right guard in practice Wednesday. Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Ted Larsen, who started the past four games, and Jamon Meredith, are still in the mix.
Schiano has been non-commital about his plans for that position Sunday against Kansas City, Trueblood believes he can make the transition rather seamlessly.
"I've played a lot of years next to one of the best guards in the NFL, so I've picked up on a lot of things he's done over the years and just tried to do them,'' Trueblood said. "I mean, obviously I can't do it just like he does it, but just some of the little things I'm trying to do. So it's been pretty easy because of that. I mean, it's not easy. In my head it is, I've just got to translate it to my body and stuff like that. It's just a work in progress.''
Will Trueblood, who hasn't played guard since he was in high school in Indiana, replace Ted Larsen, who started the past four games at right guard? Or will the plan unravel like so much tape on Trueblood's arms and fingers?
"Jeremy is a very intelligent football player who is very experienced,'' Schiano said. "So, I think he has a much better chance of grasping things in a short amount of time. His best buddy, Davin, has played guard next to him for a long time. Different scheme, yes, but they worked together on so many different things, I think he's got a good understanding. They all do. It's just going to be a matter of who we think the best choice is for this week. And again, we're trying to win this game against Kansas City.''