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Bucs' Dotson gets chance at left tackle

Demar Dotson gets a chance to start at left tackle for the first time in the NFL. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Demar Dotson gets a chance to start at left tackle for the first time in the NFL. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published Dec. 16, 2014

TAMPA — Demar Dotson had never played left tackle in an NFL game before Sunday at Carolina, but as he gets adjusted, he's excited about getting a chance to make it his future home in the league.

"It was a little different and a little awkward. My balance felt off a little bit because I was so used to being the at the right," Dotson said after sliding over from starting at right tackle in the first 12 games of the season. "But it's nothing I can't work at, and in due time … I'm going to put in the work and I'm going to get better. … I'm going to put 100 percent effort in to being the best left tackle I can be."

Dotson moved to left tackle and Oniel Cousins to right, leaving high-priced free agent Anthony Collins as a healthy scratch on the inactive list. Collins had missed the previous game with an elbow injury, and coach Lovie Smith said he'll have a chance to compete this week.

"You give other guys an opportunity and you kind of like what you see a little bit from there," Smith said. "Anthony was back and is pretty much healthy now and gave us a good look out there last week and we'll see how it goes this week."

Other linemen got looks Sunday — rookie Kevin Pamphile had eight snaps at right tackle and 10 as a sixth lineman, and rookie Josh Allen made his pro debut with seven snaps at guard.

QB UPDATE: Smith typically doesn't talk about quarterback changes on Mondays. This week was no different.

Smith wouldn't say whether he would replace starter Josh McCown with second-year QB Mike Glennon. Smith said he was disappointed with McCown's play at Carolina but didn't put the blame solely on the veteran, who threw one interception and lost two fumbles in the defeat.

"We're disappointed in the amount of mistakes, the amount of turnovers we've had," Smith said. "Josh is a part of that."

Opponents are intercepting 4.3 percent of McCown's passes, the second-highest figure in the NFL, behind Washington's Kirk Cousins. Only six quarterbacks have thrown more interceptions than McCown (12).

THIS AND THAT: With three players headed to IR, 15 of the Bucs' initial 53-man roster are gone due to injuries, trades or cuts. … Smith said he was pleased with the progress of the running game, including a solid game from Doug Martin and flashes of success from Charles Sims. "We did a little bit more (Sunday)," Smith said.

Contact Greg Auman at and (813) 226-3346. Follow @gregauman and @MBakerTBTimes.


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