Jeremy Trueblood BenchedSeptember 18th, 2012
Per a mysterious blog apparently located on Buccaneers.com, the Bucs’ official Twitter feed pumped out the following information late this afternoon.
@TBBuccaneers: Breaking news from the new “Captain’s Blog” on http://Buccaneers.com : Demar Dotson has been promoted to the starting lineup at right tackle.
This means, of course, former starting right tackle Jeremy Trueblood has been benched, at least temporarily.
It’s an interesting move on a few levels.
First, considering Trueblood won the job coming out of training camp, one could assume Dotson looked a lot better in Game 2 at right tackle than Trueblood looked in Game 1.
Or, the Bucs’ have determined that Trueblood’s injured ankle will plague him for weeks and a healthy Dotson is better than a hobbled Trueblood, and it’s better to get Trueblood healthy in case he’s needed.
Then there’s the business of Trueblood’s take-it-or-leave-it paycut to $4 million right before the season. Trueblood’s going to be paid a king’s ransom for a backup gig. Not bad work if you can get it. And now Dotson has a chance to score a big payday, as he becomes a free agent after this season.