Gabe Carimi’s Technique Impresses Donald Penn

July 26th, 2013

Joe doesn’t blink an eye when he types that the Bucs will have the best offensive line in football if right tackle Gabe Carimi steps up and fulfills his potential.

The 2011 Bears first-round pick was snatched by rockstar general manager Mark Dominik for a sixth-round pick last month. In Chicago, Carimi had injuries and his attitude wasn’t appreciated.

Two practices into training camp, Carimi is drawing rave reviews from Donald Penn. Drenched in an endless flow of sweat, Penn told Joe after practice today that Carimi’s skill set stands out among the Bucs’ veteran offensive line.

“He’s a great technically sound guy. He’s [got] great technique,” Penn said of Carimi. “He’s a good player. He’s going to help us out a lot. He’s very technically sound. You know, it’s hard to get that. It took me a year or two before I got my techniques down. I’m still working on my techniques.”

Again, it’s definitely noteworthy when a guy like Penn, who’s been around numerous offensive line coaches and stud linemen in his day, is impressed like this.

Now it’s time to see what happens when Carimi puts the pads on. As Penn said, “All this little pattycake stuff, we’re ready to get the real stuff tomorrow. There’ll be no more excuses.”

8 Responses to “Gabe Carimi’s Technique Impresses Donald Penn”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Good gamble with a sixth round pick. If this works out with Carimi….Dom moves up a couple of notches in my book.

  2. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I don’t get why the Bears gave up on him so quickly. If he was injured far part of the time he was there and was only there 2 years, why wouldn’t they spend another year or so trying to turn him around?

    Can anyone answer this?

    I hope he works out for us, because we really NEED a solid RT.

  3. Stanglassman Says:

    The word on the street is that he didn’t like Crybabies (Cutler) and one of them had to go.

  4. Sneedy16 Says:


    It’s because it was a new coach and GM so they are restarting since they do not have much tape on him since he was always playing injured.

  5. Sneedy16 Says:

    That was a long run-on sentence.

  6. MR.T Says:

    This is good to hear. If this guy plays here like a 1st round pick, we got a steal.

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    I’m not expecting much out of him, but who knows. I trust in Schiano to make the right call. If they can turn him around and make him into what everyone thought he was coming out of the draft, then this line will be sick. If the line stays relatively healthy Martin might lead the league in rushing this season. 13 more days til pre-season. 8 more days til Sapp puts on the jacket. Then the hall of fame game might hold us over til the 8th.

  8. Mike J Says:

    BuccaneerBonzai ,from what I read after the trade, the Bears made some O-line additions in the off-season that made Carimi & his salary a bit, er, redundant, as the Brits would say.

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