DENVER — After six weeks of frustration, Bucs right guard Davin Joseph returned to the field Sunday and felt no ill effects from the broken right foot that kept him sidelined since the third preseason game.
Getting the 6-foot-3, 313-pound guard back into the offensive line was good news for the Bucs — even though there was little good news after the unit's sloppy effort. After the game, the third-year pro talked about his feelings on rejoining the team and its 16-13 loss.
How did it feel to return to the playing field?
Oh, of course it feels good. These guys have been doing great. You know, whenever you get an injury, it's not something that makes your football season. I was just lucky enough not to have a season-ending injury. It feels good to be back.
How did your foot feel?
It felt good out there. It's not great, but it's good.
Was it tough to make your return on a day that things didn't go well for the team or the offensive line?
Well, we did some things to ourselves that didn't allow us to win the game. Every game has a different story, and the story of this game was basically that we kept ourselves from winning. Of course, give Denver credit. (It) did a good job changing things up. But we had a lack of focus on offense, a lack of communication, and that led to a lot of penalties and lost yardage.
They made some adjustments during that game.
They made some good adjustments, but we killed ourselves in a lot of situations — getting third and long, constantly going three and out, having terrible field position. We just weren't a complete offense today.
What do you do to change that?
We have to get over it. We have a divisional game coming up at home (against the Panthers). So we have to get back to what we do well. And that's to play physical ball at home.
For you personally, did you feel it was a good start?
It was a good start back, though not ideal. … I played okay, but I could play better.