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Jeremy Zuttah, Keydrick Vincent might rotate for Tampa Bay Buccaneers at left guard

TAMPA — After one game, the Bucs are considering a change at left guard, where Keydrick Vincent recently supplanted Jeremy Zuttah as a starter.

Less than a month after making Vincent the starter midway through the preseason, offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the club is exploring options that include using a rotation.

Asked why, Olson said, "We're real happy with Keydrick Vincent and the things that he can provide for us. There's also (some thought) that maybe we can rotate. We'll take a look at possibly rotating them during series to keep Keydrick fresh. That's the only reason we're looking at that right now is to make sure he stays fresh through the game … to allow him to play at a high level."

What Olson didn't say was that Vincent is something of a liability in pass coverage, though run blocking is a strength. The fleet-footed Zuttah is not a powerful run blocker but is a better pass protector and more capable of tasks that require athleticism, like pulling.

Olson conceded the contrast between them is a factor.

"We're very happy with Vincent, and we're very happy with Zuttah," he said. "But they are different players, so we'll take a look at how we're going to maybe rotate them and get Jeremy Zuttah in to play the game a little bit."

Zuttah started 16 games last season but lost his job to Vincent, a former Panthers starter signed as a free agent in mid-July. The Bucs were dissatisfied with Zuttah's play last season, but the fact that he has history in the system and a comfort level with his linemates weighs in his favor.

No decision appeared close Monday, but the topic was discussed in the coaches' morning meeting, Olson said. The team returns to practice Wednesday, when preparations for Sunday's game at Carolina start in earnest.

WHERE'S STOVALL?: WR Maurice Stovall was relegated to inactive status despite coach Raheem Morris saying his ankle sprain was well enough to allow him to play.

The decision was made, Stovall said, just before kickoff, as the Bucs struggled to put together their 46-man active list.

"We talked about it, about how it would or wouldn't help the team," Stovall said. "It was an overall team decision. (Morris) just thought it would be better for the team if I didn't play that game."

Said Morris: "He probably needed another week, so we sat him out again. We'll get him out there Wednesday and let him practice this week, and we'll have to make those decisions later in the week."

The larger question is where, exactly, is Stovall's place? The Bucs appear to have a handle on their top three receivers: Mike Williams, Sammie Stroughter and Micheal Spurlock. Stovall's role as a special teamer who can play receiver is arguably being filled by rookie Arrelious Benn, who was active Sunday and saw extensive action in the kicking game.

Morris said he anticipates it will remain difficult to determine the game day roster.

"I sat in my office (Sunday), and it was the first time I had to really agonize over who was up and who was down," Morris said. "It was tough calls across the board."

HE'S BACK: Look for a move as early as today to squeeze CB Aqib Talib back on the 53-man roster. Talib was out for Week 1 while he served his league-mandated suspension for a violation of the personal conduct policy.

The Bucs had a one-man roster exemption that allowed Talib to return to the club Monday but now will have to release a player.

MISCELLANY: The Bucs reported no injuries. … Sunday was their first season-opening win at home since 1997.

Jeremy Zuttah, Keydrick Vincent might rotate for Tampa Bay Buccaneers at left guard 09/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:38am]
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