Tag:Keydrick Vincent
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: 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 10, 2010 5:46 pm

Bucs get deeper at guard

In an important move that slides under the radar, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed veteran guard Keydrick Vincent. The former Panther had remained untouched on the free agent market after being let go in the spring.

Vincent is one of the better run-blockers in the NFL. He has started 79 games for four different teams in his nine-year career. He will likely be a backup behind mobile left guard Jeremy Zuttah and powerful right guard Davin Joseph.

--Andy Benoit 

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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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Posted on: June 29, 2010 4:25 pm

Some Familiar Names Remain Unsigned

There are some big names still on the market. Most of you know about Terrell Owens. But here’s a rundown of other longtime starters who remain unsigned, with a quick explanation for why.

Arizona OT Mike Gandy: Major liability in pass protection.

Baltimore WR Kelley Washington: Solid No. 4 receiver and special teams contributor. The guess here is he’s demanding too much money.

Carolina G Keydrick Vincent: Hard to explain this one. He was near Pro Bowl caliber as a run-blocker last season.

Chicago DE Adewale Ogunleye: Was slowing down before serious leg injury late last season.

Dallas LT Flozell Adams: At 35, too lumbering to survive on an island in pass protection. (Though it's worth noting that, with the injury to Willie Colon, Adams is reportedly visiting with the Steelers.)

Houston G Chester Pitts: Coming off serious knee injury.

Kansas City S Mike Brown: Struggled making tackles in open space last season.

St. Louis TE Randy McMichael: Attitude is iffy, but not nearly as iffy as his blocking.

San Francisco CB Dre’ Bly: Insiders don’t respect his toughness. Cocky demeanor no longer serves him well.

Seattle CB Ken Lucas: Confidence seems shot after miserable ’09 campaign.

Tennessee LB Keith Bulluck: Teams are just waiting out his ACL recovery. He’ll sign somewhere.

--Andy Benoit

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