Lorig Back At Full StrengthSeptember 12th, 2013
There was happy news at One Buc Palace yesterday, starting fullback Erik Lorig, who missed opening day with a summer-long calf injury, was a full participant in practice, a session many players called physical and spirited.
Lorig’s return is significant. First, the Bucs use their fullback in the running game more than most NFL teams. Josh Freeman discussed this during his Tuesday radio show on WDAE-AM 620, and Freeman acknowledged that Lorig is a significant threat in the passing game. Second, the Bucs’ fullback play Sunday, led by tight end Nate Byham, was noticeably poor.
The Bucs’ defense will have a good day Sunday even if it allows 21 points. That’s just life against Drew Brees. So Joe’s especially happy about anything that could enhance the Bucs’ offense, which must produce. Lorig’s return will help.