Tag:Jeremy Zuttah
Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:52 pm

Bucs lose Talib, Faine for the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Bucs lost more than just a crucial divisional game against the Falcons Sunday. Cornerback Aqib Talib and center Jeff Faine are both done for the season.

Talib tore a tendon from the bone near his hip flexor early in the contest (he spent the rest of the afternoon jawing with Roddy White from the sideline). The injury, obviously painful, will not require surgery. Faine, who missed a chunk of time earlier this season with a quad injury, is out with a torn triceps.

Talib will be replaced by E.J. Biggers, who is coming off his best game of the year. Faine was replaced by Jeremy Zuttah during his quad injury, but Zuttah has since replaced injured right guard Davin Joseph (also done for the season). On Sunday, Zuttah filled in at center again, and rookie Derek Hardman stepped in at guard.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:07 pm

Another Buc lost for the season

Posted by Andy BenoitD. Joseph

The Cody Grimm injury is something the Buccaneers can overcome. The Davin Joseph injury? A much tougher deal. Raheem Morris announced Monday that the Bucs thundering guard (and best offensive linemen) is out for the season with a broken bone in his foot.

Rookie Ted Larsen has already been filling in at the shallow guard position on the left side for Tampa Bay. It is presumed that former starting left guard Jeremy Zuttah will now handle Joseph’s duties on the right side (Zuttah stepped in for Joseph Sunday). Zuttah offers mobility comparable to Joseph’s, but he doesn’t bring nearly as much power.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 11:55 am

Bucs cut starting guard

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Buccaneers – aka “the best team in the NFC” – have waived veteran Keydrick Vincent. This move comes as a surprise, given that the 10th-year pro started the first five games this season at left guard.

Vincent sat out last week’s game against the Rams with a back injury. Rookie Ted Larsen, filled in then and will likely do the same for the next few weeks. Once starting center Jeff Faine returns from a quad injury, though, third-year pro Jeremy Zuttah should move back to his natural guard position, relegating Larsen to the bench.

Zuttah offers a Bucs offensive line has struggled in run-blocking this season more mobility but less power than Vincent.

Tampa Bay’s front five faces an uphill battle this Sunday, as starting right tackle Jeremy Trueblood is likely out with a toe injury. The Bucs have activated offensive tackle Will Barker, who will likely back up either James Lee or Derek Hardman (neither of whom is battle-tested).

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:28 pm

How the Bucs will compensate for big injury

Posted by Andy Benoit

One injury that slipped under the radar Sunday was Bucs center Jeff Faine. The gritty eighth-year veteran suffered a quad injury in the upset win over the Bengals. He is expected to miss at least a month.

Third-year pro Jeremy Zuttah will fill in while Faine, who is one of the highest paid centers in the game, recovers. Zuttah was unable to hold onto his starting left guard job in training camp, and the Bucs struggled mightily last time Faine was out of the lineup for a long stretch of time.

However, Raheem Morris confident things will be different this time around.

"We're really excited about (Zuttah’s) production," Morris said, according to the Tampa Tribune."I was proud of him (Sunday). He was able to go out there and fight through some demons and he jumped in there and ran our offense and helped win a football game for us."

Faine is a classic veteran plugger; Tampa Bay’s run-blocking centers mostly around the guards’ ability to get movement. Zuttah offers superior athleticism and mobility. The question will be how well can the ’08 third-round pick perform in pass protection.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 8:45 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 8:46 am

Freeman involved in fender-bender

J. Freeman was involved in a car accident two days before Tampa Bay played Cleveland. Freeman was shaken up but not injured (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sure, he’s no Tom Brady on the field, but Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has followed his lead away from the stadium. Unfortunately for Freeman, he’s not dating a Gisele Bundchen clone. Fortunately for Freeman, he, like Brady a few days before, escaped injury after he was rear-ended in a car accident 48 hours before Tampa Bay played host to Cleveland (also unfortunately for Freeman, he didn't sign a gargantuan contract extension a few hours after said accident, like Brady).

According to the Tampa Tribune, Freeman’s car was hit from behind while he was stopped at a red light. He was shaken up, team officials said, but not injured in any way. You might remember Freeman also was playing a few weeks after fracturing the thumb on his throwing hand.

So yeah, a gutsy performance from the QB who beat the Browns while completing 17 of 28 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

In other Freeman-needs-more-protection-than-
just-a-seat-belt news: Although Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Greg Olson says he’s happy with LT Keydrick Vincent, who won the starting job over incumbent Jeremy Zuttah in the preseason, he will insert Zuttah into the lineup more often to help keep Freeman upright. Zuttah is smaller than Vincent but also more athletic. Besides, Olson wants to keep Vincent as fresh as possible.

"We're really happy with Keydrick Vincent and the things he can do and provide for us, but there's also a time when we think that maybe we can rotate and get Jeremy in there a little bit," Olson said. "So we're going look at possibly rotating them during (some) series to keep them both fresh and to keep Keydrick fresh throughout the year (because) he is (32 years old).”

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 12:06 am

Bucs tweak their starting lineup

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two important changes have been made to the Bucs starting lineup. One was forecasted by yours truly (and everyone else with at least some semblance of football knowledge). That one was Sean Jones beating out Sabby Piscitelli for the starting safety job. Jones is a big-time hitter with some playmaking moxie. Piscitelli specializes in taking bad angles to the ball.

The other change came on offense – and, just days after yours truly specifically said in CBS's NFC South preview podcast that it would NOT happen: veteran Keydrick Vincent has captured the left guard job from Jeremy Zuttah. Vincent is one of the premier power run-blockers in the NFL. Zuttah is more agility-based. The Bucs signed Vincent extremely late in free agency this past offseason.

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 11:30 pm

Keydrick Vincent looking to start for Bucs

Last week, we wrote this about how the Buccaneers’ signing of Keydrick Vincent could mean that he was going to challenge for Jeremy Zuttah’s LG starting spot.

Looks like that’s what Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris has in mind, as well.

According to the St. Petersburg Times , Morris said Vincent indeed will have the chance to take Zuttah’s job.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:52 pm

Bucs sign vet OG Keydrick Vincent

In the past two seasons, Keydrick Vincent started all 30 games he played with the Carolina Panthers. Now, he’ll get a chance to work with the Buccaneers offensive linemen - and maybe take somebody's job.

The St. Petersburg Times writes Tampa Bay has signed Vincent to a two-year contract, while ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the deal is worth $4.5 million.

It’s an interesting move for the Buccaneers, who have been using Jeremy Zuttah at left guard. Zuttah is a third-year player, so perhaps the Buccaneers like Vincent and his nine years of experience. Or perhaps the club wants Vincent – a solid run-blocker – to push for Zuttah’s starting spot to try to get more production out of RBs Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward.

Or maybe the team is trying to buy some insurance in case LT Donald Penn doesn’t sign a new contract. Zuttah, after all, played some offensive tackle while at Rutgers.

--Josh Katzowitz

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