Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers to start Jeremy Trueblood at right guard

TAMPA — After more than a week of contemplation, the Bucs have officially decided Jeremy Trueblood will line up at right guard this weekend against the Chiefs.

Trueblood, the team's longtime starter at right tackle before his benching earlier this season, will take over for Ted Larsen; the team settled on that option during the past two days of practice.

Coach Greg Schiano would not announce his choice when asked Friday, but he was clear a decision had been made.

"Wednesday was kind of the last day of messing around," he said.

Regarding the decision not to reveal his selection, Schiano said, "I think we have some options. I don't think anybody's changing their game plan over our right guard. But there are two guys who are (potentially) going to play at right guard, so (the Chiefs) can study both of them instead of one."

Trueblood, on the surface, seems a less-than-ideal choice given his 6-foot-8 frame and slender build. But Schiano is convinced Trueblood's physical play makes him capable of making the transition from tackle.

The Bucs also considered T Jamon Meredith and gave him snaps this week at guard, too.

MILLER STILL HURTING: DT Roy Miller practiced Friday on a limited basis after he had back spasms this week. But the starter and run stopper, a key to Sunday's effort against NFL rushing leader Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs, remains questionable.

"Hopefully he'll be remarkably better and that'll increase and he'll be able to play," Schiano said. "Right now we can't be sure of that.

"He really struggled (Thursday) morning to even get up. … I think it's coming around, just like any other guy on the street. You wake up and, ooh, it's got you. He's come around quite a bit since (Thursday)."

How this happened remained a mystery, but it seems not to be a result of anything that occurred in practice.

Schiano joked, "He picked up a basket of laundry or something goofy like that."

Miller, who said he was improving and said his availability would be a game-time decision, said, "I was tying my shoes. (It's) a big-man problem."

The Chiefs' final injury report indicated RB Peyton Hillis (ankle) and DE Glenn Dorsey (calf) will not play.

GET TOGETHER: Former Bucs T Paul Gruber will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor on Sunday, but tonight he'll catch up with teammates he hasn't seen in years when members of the 1997 team get together at One Buc Place.

"I'm looking forward to it. I think it'll be fun," said Gruber, who visited One Buc Place on Friday. "We were just getting briefed on everything that's going on.

"I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of teammates, seeing a lot of names you kind of forget about and people you haven't seen for 15 or 20 years."

MAKING DO: The Bucs are preparing to play their second game without DE Adrian Clayborn, out for the season with torn right knee ligaments. In a game against a prolific rushing team such as Kansas City, the Bucs could use the stout 280-pound Clayborn. But the team didn't address his loss with a personnel move, choosing instead to use adjustments and tactics to compensate.

"In our defense, we have enough variety that we can get guys moving around so they're not having to slug it out necessarily like a bigger-body guy might," defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said. "(Clayborn) is a bigger-body guy. (Backup) Daniel (Te'o-Nesheim) has done a good job. And we do enough movement and stunt stuff that we can get him on the move and not ask him to slug it out with the offensive tackles he's going to have to face."

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