Can Jeremy Trueblood, who hasn’t played on the interior offensive line since his high school days, make a smooth transition from right guard to right tackle, should the Buccaneers opt to try him there this Sunday? Count one of his practice-field competitors among those who believe he can.
“He looks good,” said defensive tackle Roy Miller after getting some one-on-one work against Trueblood on the practice field Wednesday. “He really made the transition very quickly. We were surprised watching him in pass-rush and pass-block [drills] and things like that.”
Trueblood has started 84 games for the Buccaneers since 2006, all at right tackle. Scouting reports on the former Boston College standout generally grade him higher in terms of run-blocking than pass protection, though he has obviously been strong enough at both to be a starter in the NFL for most of six seasons. While some wonder if a 6-8 linemen can successfully play inside, Miller thinks the more germane consideration is Trueblood’s style of play.
“In the run, he’s always had an aggressive type of mentality, so I think that will translate well inside,” said Miller. “Being a guard, I think he’ll be able to use his force more and be able to move guys and drive into them like I think he would like to at tackle.”