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Jeremy Trueblood moves on; How will he be remembered?

Jeremy Trueblood is still a strong run blocker but has seen better days as a pass protector.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Jeremy Trueblood is still a strong run blocker but has seen better days as a pass protector.

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If your favorite team drafted an offensive tackle in the second round and that player went on to start 84 games in seven seasons, would you consider that a success?

Most would answer affirmatively.

That brings us to Jeremy Trueblood, the Bucs free-agent tackle who officially signed with the Redskins this morning.

Trueblood has long been a player Bucs fans love to hate, his proclivity for false starts and other assorted penalties giving them good reason. But history will show the Bucs got quite a bit out of Trueblood, who, for most of his stint in Tampa Bay, was durable and capable.

He’s still a strong run blocker but has seen better days as a pass protector. That’s what led to Bucs coach Greg Schiano replacing Trueblood at right tackle last season with inexperienced Demar Dotson, a move that produced mixed results.

Trueblood will get a shot to compete with the Redskins, and he’ll be united with general manager Bruce Allen (who drafted him in Tampa) and former Bucs coach Raheem Morris, the Redskins secondary coach.

But when you think back to Trueblood’s time here, you should remember him as a professional who had some pretty good moments even if he wasn’t a world beater.

With the production the Bucs got out of Trueblood, he should go down as a successful draft pick for the club, despite his less-effective play in 2012.



[Last modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 3:13pm]

    

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