Head Coach Greg Schiano has acknowledged that his team is considering a number of options at right guard going forward – including the incumbent Ted Larsen – and that former starting right tackle Jeremy Trueblood is at least a consideration. The Bucs gave Trueblood a brief look at that unfamiliar spot last week during bye-week practices, and intended to do so again on Monday.
That plan had to be altered, however, when Trueblood came down with a stomach virus Monday and was unable to practice. It’s clear that Schiano did intend to check out the Trueblood option because he said, had he known earlier in the morning that his veteran lineman would be unavailable he might have rearranged the schedule and not used one of his allotted practices in pads to start the week.
Schiano said that Trueblood, who is known as a gritty and determined player, tried to get in some work Monday but could not, and that several other Bucs were feeling a little under the weather as well. Still, the coaching staff hopes it gathered some information on Monday that will help them come to a conclusion on who should start between right tackle Demar Dotson and center Jeremy Zuttah this comign weekend.
“The right guard sport, we’re moving a few guys through there, as we talked about last week,” said Schiano. “We will probably evaluate that some over this Tuesday, the players’ day off. Then we will try to kind of lock into something, maybe one or two guys at the right guard position that’s been kind of up in the air.”
Options apparently include Larsen, Trueblood, reserve center Cody Wallace and reserve tackle Jamon Meredith. Meredith actually practiced at the spot for several days immediately following the injury to the intended starter at right guard, Pro Bowler Davin Joseph.