Monday, August 4, 2014
Jorvorskie Lane pushing for roster spot
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. – The catch in Sunday’s practice was the kind you normally see only from a wide receiver. It was made with one hand at full speed with a defender in pursuit.
But Jorvorskie Lane isn’t a wide receiver. He’s a fullback who is trying to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That catch might have helped his chances.
“That’s an asset to my game,’’ Lane said. “I can catch the ball a little bit.’’
Lane, 5-foot-11 and 258 pounds, is trying to resurrect a career that has included stops with two minor-league teams and a season with the Miami Dolphins. The former college tailback said he’s just trying to find a home.
“It would be great,’’ Lane said. “You think about it sometimes, but you just have to look at your opportunity. Right now, I’m a Tampa Bay Buccaneer and I’m trying to take advantage of it.’’
Lane has been getting work as the first-team fullback. He’s competing with Lonnie Pryor for a roster spot. So far, Lane has made a positive impression on the coaching staff, but he might need to show he can help on special teams to secure a roster spot.
“He’s a big guy,’’ coach Lovie Smith said. “He can do some things. He’s a big guy with great feet. He’ll tell you he was a tailback all of his life. I like what he’s been able to do. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. But he’s a fullback and a fullback needs to be able to block. Fullbacks nowadays there’s not a lot of them around. In an ideal world, you would like a fullback to play some in-line plays and you need to be a special-teams player also and, of course, occasionally catch the ball out of the backfield. Jorvorskie can do a couple of those things. We’ll see about him and special teams.’’