Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Buccaneers' O-line coming on strong
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- If there is one unit that best symbolizes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season, it's the offensive line.
Much like the rest of the team, the offensive line entered the season with high hopes. But injuries and underachievement threw things off for the first half of the season. It's only been the last two games that the offensive line -- and the rest of the team -- have played well.
If you want to break it down even more, you could say that guard Davin Joseph is the best symbol of the line and the team. Joseph missed last season with a knee injury and missed most of the preseason as he recovers. That was reflected in Joseph's early-season play. But Joseph has rallied recently.
"I think a guy like Davin Joseph has battled back," coach Greg Schiano said. "This hasn't been an easy thing for a guy that's used to being able to impose his will on people. Not having the whole offseason of training and not having very much play in the preseason, I think he's kind of hitting his stride now. He still is not back to where he's going to be. But he's starting to get back in that area, that realm."
Schiano said he likes what he's seeing out of the rest of the offensive line.
"I think (center) Jeremy Zuttah's performed at a high level all season," Schiano said. "He's been asked to do a lot of different things and he's done them well. Donald Penn played his best game, I think, on Sunday. Same thing with Jamon Meredith. He played strong. And then (right tackle Demar Dotson), I think all five of them, this was their best game to date."