Some Help Arrives: Anthony Gaitor Returns

December 3rd, 2012

The Bucs, with the NFL’s worst pass defense and a beleaguered cornerback group, got a little bit of good news today when Bucs coach Greg Schiano announced Anthony Gaitor will return to the active roster.

Gaitor, who was placed on the injured reserve list earlier this year after being nagged by a nasty hamstring injury, has been working out with the club the past few weeks and, per NFL rules, recently was allowed to practice with the team in advance of being reactived.

The earliest Gaitor could have been reactivated would have been after the Bucs’ 12th game, which was Sunday against the Broncos.

Though Gaitor has yet to be named a starter but was a valuable reserve cornerback on a team that has had to turn to backups in the wake of the Adderall-fueled suspensions of Aqib Talib and Eric Wright, and Talib’s subsequent trade.

As Joe stated earlier, the Bucs corners are so thin, any news like this is good news and is as close to a magic bullet as the Bucs are going to find to help the secondary the remainder of the season.

18 Responses to “Some Help Arrives: Anthony Gaitor Returns”

  1. JonBuc Says:

    Looked pretty good in spot duty…I will assume Lewis is out for the year at this point…welcome back!

  2. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Anybody not named Myron Lewis is good news at cornerback. (Unless the news was Myron being cut, haha)

  3. bucfanjeff Says:

    I assume the DB that hurt his knee is out for the year.

  4. Adam Says:

    If he has two legs attached to his body and isn’t blind, it’s an upgrade.

  5. Brandon Says:

    What’s crazy is that fans are cheering for the return of the guy slated earlier in the season to be the team’s 4th or 5th CB. What’s even more crazy, is that people are justified to be cheering.

    Considering the Bucs lost their #1 CB to trade and suspension (Talib), their #2 CB to injury and suspension (Wright), have pressed their #3 CB into starting duty (Biggers) who has played extremely well despite what some people might say or think, had their #4 CB demoted to 8th string (that’s what happens when the #5 and #6 guy leapfrog you and then two guys are signed off the street-three if you count Brandon McDonald-and take his playing time.

    So to clear things up, our hopeful starting CBs will be our original #3 CB, our #4 CB, and our #6 CB will be our nickelback. If Gaitor is healthy enough I’d like to see him start and see what he is capable of. I truly believe that EJ Biggers would be a fine #2 CB for us, Leonard Johnson would be a great #3 CB… I’d love to see if Gaitor can figure somewhere in there.

  6. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    Hip-Hip Hooray!

  7. BrianDorry55 Says:

    Considering Lequan Lewis is going to be out for the rest of the season…this is much needed help…I’ve seen enough of Danny Gorrer.

  8. BigMacAttack Says:

    Bob Costas Sucks big green ones!

  9. Gator Says:

    So Gaitor an unproven corner who is still figuring his way out, not a single corner under Raheem did anything, but Gaitor could be the difference?

    Maybe….

    I don’t see Prime-Time coming through that door, at least not this year. Hell give Gaitor a shot. He has something to prove.

  10. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    I’m looking forward to see what production we can get out of him. Anything has go to help.

  11. Patrick Says:

    Why the f’k is Myron Lewis still even on the roster? Same with EJ Biggers. There’s decent as hell cornerbacks available right now who would CERTAINLY do better than the bums we currently have in the secondary. Philip Buchanon (has been here before) and Dominique Foxworth should be signed…….can’t possibly do any worse. Hell, Donnie Abraham in his 40′s would be a better option!!

    Do we want to save our season or miss the playoffs for the 5th straight year? Seriously, the minute we have different CB’s in the secondary, our offense won’t have so much damn pressure on them all the time.

  12. MikeFromCT Says:

    I like Anthony Gaitor, he can cover the field fast, at least he did during the past two preseasons.

  13. Joe Says:

    Patrick:

    E.J. Biggers has played well the past couple of weeks. As for Myron Lewis, so what? He hasn’t played in a month. So long as he doesn’t take the field, who cares why he is on the roster.

    Joe will attest that in the month of December with teams beat up and many begging for corners, if there is a guy on the streets, he isn’t worth signing otherwise, he would be on someone’s roster by now, including the Legend of Stanford Routt.

  14. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Patrick Says: December 3rd, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Why the f’k is Myron Lewis still even on the roster? Same with EJ Biggers. There’s decent as hell cornerbacks available right now who would CERTAINLY do better than the bums we currently have in the secondary. Philip Buchanon (has been here before)…

    I have been a huge critic of Biggers…but I no longer think the Bucs should cut him. The kid is FINALLY playing hard. He’s not a starting quality guy…but has certainly earned a roster spot as a backup.

    Phillip B???? Really???? First, he’s too old. He wouldn’t be fast enough. Second, he was never all that good to begin with.

    I wish there were an answer out there but Joe is right. Anyone available is not worth signing. At least not any vets. Better to keep going through young guys hoping to strike gold, and if not, draft CBs.

    ON A SIDE NOTE
    When does Wright come back? He actually wasn’t THAT bad compared to what we’re seeing now.

    And anyone who thinks Talib being traded was a mistake is fooling themselves. The guy will be in trouble again this off season and if someone gets burt the Bucscould have been sued.

  15. Adam L Says:

    I seem to remember that Joe was saying the other day that Stanford Routt was cut by the worst team in the league and what good would he do the Bucs.

    The Texans, the best team in the league, are looking at him today. Now I know that he might be just roster filler, but guess what’s playing CB for the Bucs right now? ROSTER FILLER.

    Seriously, if a corner is slightly awful, isn’t that better than what we’ve seen out of our current crop of no-names?

  16. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Myron Lewis has more than nine lives with the Bucs. He was probably going to get released when Gaitor was activated but then LeQuan Lewis suffered a season-ending knee injury. Myron Lewis saved by the bell yet again.

  17. Adam L Says:

    I think Myron Lewis is the second coming of Michael Clayton. No matter how bad he performs, he’s on the roster. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets an extension.

  18. teacherman777 Says:

    I cant figure out the situation with Myron Lewis either. Its just crazy.

    We put people who have ZERO knowledge of our defense in the game, guys we sign off the street, faster than we do Myron Lewis. (eg McDonald, LeQuan Lewis, Leonard Johnson, and Gorrer)

    And all these guys are journeyman! Coach would rather put ANYBODY in the game before Myron Lewis it would seem! Craziness!

    I would rather have kept a second fullback or dress Michael Smith, or dress our new DT Masofilo.

    Lewis must be on a guaranteed contract. Thats why he hasnt been cut. Its as simple as that. I dunno.

    He was a FS at Vanderbilt. And hes even like our 5th string Safety!! Jahah

    Next year? Well see.

 
 

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