Lorig Finds A New HomeMarch 18th, 2014
Back in the day, former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik used to be a major player in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
In the 2010 seventh round, he plucked Dekoda Watson, Erik Lorig and Cody Grimm, three guys who became key, legitimate contributors.
But now they’re gone. Grimm appears to have drunk his way out of the game after battling with injuries. Dekoda Watson quickly was snagged in free agency this offseason by Jacksonville, and Lorig was just signed by the Saints today.
Representing the fullback position, the Bucs now have only not-really-a-fullback Lonnie Pryor on their roster. He has no NFL game experience. Whether Jeff Tedford will use a fullback is unknown, but Joe thinks it’s doubtful Tedford will have much use for one unless it’s a guy with non-fullback-like skill set.
It says something for Lorig’s skills and film that Sean Payton came calling for him — in March. Running backs/fullbacks are often scooped up later in free agency.
Joe wishes Lorig well. He was a quiet, hard-working Buccaneer, a Raheem Morris-driven project who successfully converted from college defensive end/tight end to fullback.
Doug Martin pounded out a ton of yards behind Lorig in 2012. But that won’t be part of Lovieball.