First Up, Jamon MeredithJuly 26th, 2014
For the first time in maybe a year, gentle giant Jamon Meredith decided to chat with members of the Tampa Bay pen and mic club after the Bucs had their practice cut short big time by lightning yesterday. Meredith talking seemed to shock many reporters, Joe included.
Ironically, when Bucs coach Lovie Smith was asked how he would fill the massive hole left by guard Carl Nicks’ departure, the very first name out of his mouth was Meredith. So Meredith discussed what life may be like without Nicks.
“I’ve always thought that we had a good group across the board, at every position,” Meredith said. “I know it’s always tough to lose somebody, a Pro Bowl-caliber guard like Carl Nicks, but we’ve lost Carl a few times in the past and we’ve been able to bounce back. This is one of those unfortunate things, but as far as our team I think we’re built ready and I think we’re built to be able to bounce back from this. We’ve got a lot of young guys that can step in. I’m experienced, Oniel Cousins is experienced, and we’ve got some guys that have played multiple positions. I think, honestly, we’ll be fine.
“Carl’s a great player and I had the utmost respect for him. I love him as a player, I liked watching him and I learned a lot from him. But he’s gone down two times before in the past and we were able to bounce back, and that was right when it happened, without time to actually plan and get adjusted to each other. It happened on the fly, and we found a way to keep improving. I think we’ll be okay. Honestly, I really do. I know the media might try to panic a little bit, but we’re okay. I think we’ll be fine.”
Bucs general manager Jason Licht noted the spot for Nicks is up for grabs and used the word “competition” for the gaggle of offensive linemen on the roster. Interesting to Joe is, during OTAs and minicamp, it was rookie Kadeem Edwards who played a lot with the first team at left guard.
Now, initially, it looks to be Meredith.
As Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune suggested yesterday, there is a very real chance that the man who will replace Nicks is not even on the roster yet.
This will now be one of the key battles of training camp: the battle to replace Nicks.
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