The Offensive Tackle “Rotation”

May 13th, 2014
Bucs GM Jason Licht discussed fifth round pick Purdue OT Kevin Pamphile.

Bucs GM Jason Licht discussed fifth round pick Purdue OT Kevin Pamphile.

Now Joe always hears about a rotation for defensive linemen and how it is important for the Bucs because the early weeks of the season are played under the brutal west-central Florida sun. Guys are just zapped from the heat.

But the term “rotation” is in the vernacular of Bucs general manager Jason Licht when referring to offensive tackles, as well.

While speaking yesterday to Joe’s good friend, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig, Licht seems to express that tackles should be in a rotation of some sort as well, at least reserve tackles.

The subject of the Bucs’ rookie offensive linemen was brought up, and Licht had the following to say about Purdue tackle Kevin Pamphile, a fifth round selection.

“Kevin, he goes to Purdue as a defensive lineman and moves to offensive tackle,” Licht said. “And he performs very well in the one and a half years he started. We think that he has a high ceiling. We think we are just getting a glimpse of what he is. We are going to work him into the rotation there at tackle.”

Now Licht did not mention any specific side of the line, so it suggests to Joe that Pamphile is versatile.

Joe asked Licht last weekend if Pamphile was strictly a tackle, and Licht admitted the Bucs would “experiment” to see if he could play guard.

It does seem interesting that Pamphile has only played offensive tackle for less than two seasons, so he sure does have a high ceiling.

For the rest of Licht’s interview with Duemig, click the orange arrow below, courtesy of Joe’s good friends at WDAE-AM 620.

9 Responses to “The Offensive Tackle “Rotation””

  1. Espo Says:

    I’m not very excited about this guy. Hopefully I’m proven wrong.

  2. robert7 Says:

    I’m excited about any guy who has potential and can play OL or DT right about now :-)

    I do think licht is referencing practice reps though.

  3. Brandon Says:

    He’s raw and relatively inexperienced, but he has some nice tools to work with. I’m giving the benefit of the doubt for everything L&L do (but I’m quite a bit less trustful with what they say) until they prove they can’t. So far, so good.

    With Pamphile, Edwards, and Patchan, the Bucs have 3 promising rookie OLinemen that should make the club.

  4. Brandon Says:

    robert7 Says:
    May 13th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I do think licht is referencing practice reps though.
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    Definitely, if the Bucs really started rotating their tackles they might be the first team to do it since the infamous George Hegamin/Pete Pierson duo took the stage for the Bucs in the early 2000′s.

  5. BucsfaninChina Says:

    I’d sit down and have a beer with Jason Licht

  6. Harry Says:

    That Oline is a big question mark.

  7. pick6 Says:

    linemen in general seem to need more time to grow into an NFL skill set, it seems like especially on the interior of the line you are much less likely to find an instant starter in the draft and more likely than other positions to find a 10 year starter in the middle or late rounds. seems to me the time to get excited about our 2 OL picks will be next season at the earliest, which leaves me scratching my head as far as how we build a truly NFL caliber OL in 2014

  8. Dougy balls Says:

    First year , first draft Can’t expect to fix every problem on a 4-12 team right away , next year we can cut gohlston and nicks plus salary cap increase and go into free agency with 25 + mill ,and another draft , let’s all keep it real with what they had to work with

  9. BoJim Says:

    Dougy balls Said:

    “First year , first draft Can’t expect to fix every problem on a 4-12 team right away , next year we can cut gohlston and nicks plus salary cap increase and go into free agency with 25 + mill ,and another draft , let’s all keep it real with what they had to work with”
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    Hope you mean Dashon Goldson and not William Gholston.

 
 

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