Dotson Says He’s Not Competing With Carimi

July 28th, 2013

Demar Dotson, one of the true Buccaneer nice guys, has one hell of a good attitude. Locked in a major position battle for right tackle with Gabe Carimi, a guy who has Donald Penn raving about his technique, Dotson remains dialed into the Raheem Morris mantra, “Be your best self.”

Asked by WDAE-AM 620/95.3 FM Bucs beat man Tom Krasniqi about the competition with Carimi, Dotson says he only feels like he’s competing with one man — himself.

“I don’t look at it as a competition with Gabe; I look at it is a competition within myself,” Dotson said. ” Because if I’m not on my game, anybody can take my job. Gabe can take it. A third-string guy can take it. So it’s nothing against Gabe. I don’t come out here and say, ‘I gotta work harder than Gabe today.  You know, It’s me saying, ‘I gotta work hard within myself. I gotta be my best.’ And if Gabe’s the better guy, then he’s the better guy. But I’m going to work as good as I can work within me and keep grinding every day.”

Right now, Dotson has been working with the first team, which can only help him get an edge, but keep an eye on whether he and Carimi’s reps going forward change going forward. (You can catch the entire Dotson interview below from Joe’s partners at WDAE.)

13 Responses to “Dotson Says He’s Not Competing With Carimi”

  1. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Has anyone noticed Spence working with the starters yet?

  2. rhenry Says:

    Its going to be a tough battle. Carimi looks pretty damn good to me, what a steal.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I like it….competetion of any type will improve things. It is good we have some depth here….its a long season.

  4. Biff Barker Says:

    Dotson and Penn may not be saying much they are thinking.
    I’m not sure what this year will bring for Carmini, but if he returns to his Outland Trophy form under Bostad, DMart will be running to his right side.

  5. Couch Fan Says:

    So if Carimi played Guard in college why are they turning him into a tackle? Seems he would be a better guard than tackle.

  6. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    If Freeman is re-signed, there will likely be casualty among the offensive line; and Dotson will possibly be the starting left tackle next year.

  7. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    @ Couch Fan

    The Bucs have tons of options at Guard, every offensive lineman to make the final roster with the exception of Penn can swing inside. They need an experienced back up at RT, as they’re short on depth on the ends.

  8. Sneedy16 Says:

    @Couch Fan

    He played tackle his whole career. Bears switched him to Guard.

  9. Couch Fan Says:

    The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best United States college football interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America. It is named after John H.

    In college he was a guard according to the award he won. Which im guessing is why he struggled in chicago. Just wondering why he isnt being tried inside since that is where he excelled.

  10. Couch Fan Says:

    Guard or Center* I should say

  11. Couch Fan Says:

    Nevermind I just looked at the awards list and it lists him as a Tackle. Odd that it says interior lineman then awards the award to tackles.

  12. Tampamac Says:

    Dotson seems to be developing nicely. During the pass rush drill last night, he completely manhandled Bowers twice. But if Carimi is deemed to have won the job, having 2 starting quality tackles if one goes down is a nice problem to have.

  13. scubog Says:

    The Outland Trophy is for any lineman either offensive or defensive. Lee Roy Selmon is a former Outland Trophy winner. Carimim was a tackle in college and initially played tackle for the Bears. They moved him inside to guard when, due to injury and who knows what, he struggled outside.