Lorig Love Comes Forth From SchianoDecember 4th, 2013
A couple of the Bucs’ soon-to-be unrestricted free agents, Dekoda Watson and Erik Lorig, have proved their worth this season.
You don’t expect to read big headlines about seventh-round draft picks, rockstar general manager Mark Dominik grabbed both there in 2010, but these young guys should be among the offseason priorities.Both are elite athletes, as well.
Greg Schiano fueled that fire in recent weeks with praise of Watson emerging as a pass rusher and his established special teams prowess, and Monday night Schiano said Lorig was one of the big bright spots against the Stinking Panthers.
“Erik is a guy, it’s almost like a sixth lineman back there. You know, they’re lead blocking a lot. Every once in a while we’ll throw him a pass or give him a handoff, but there’s not a lot of hearing your name called when you’re playing the fullback position. So it’s an unselfish job. But he’s done a really good [job], and Sunday he did a very good job, leading up on [Luke] Kuechly. Some of those runs that Bobby [Rainey] came creasing out of there can wholly be attributed to Erik Lorig,” Schiano said on WDAE-AM 620.
“And again, he does a great job on special teams as well. Those guys, Spencer Larsen, his backup, is also a guy we’ve been able to learn something about, that I think is a good player. So those guys are valuable guys to your football team. Maybe not household names, but certainly valuable and help you win.”
Of course, the future of the New Schiano Order remains in limbo. Team Glazer has yet to issue any sort of guarantee that Greg Schiano will return in 2014. But Joe suspects the Bucs will push hard to re-sign Lorig within minutes after Schiano is retained.
Lorig’s chemistry with Doug Martin and veteran presence — and his little used ball-catching skills– make it a no-brainer to lock him up.