Schiano Pleased By “Solid Performer” Larsen

August 19th, 2012

Ted Larsen still draws on lessons learned in Patriots training camp

While it’s hardly sexy to talk about reserve offensive linemen, these guys are critical. To Raheem Morris’ and former offensive line coach Pete Mangurian’s credit, then 2010 backups James Lee, Derek Hardman, Jeremy Zuttah and Ted Larsen miraculously led the Bucs’ offense to its best showing in ages during the second half of that season.

The Keydrick Vincent Experience had gone sour. And Jeremy Trueblood, Jeff Faine and Davin Joseph all went down with injuries, yet the Bucs proved deep at O-line.

As for Bucs’ depth in 2012, Greg Schiano took to the Buccaneers Radio Network pregame show airwaves Friday and went out of his way to praise Larsen, a name we haven’t heard much of this season, which is always a good thing for an O-lineman.

“Ted Larsen is really a guy I think is a solid performer there,” Schiano said of his offensive line depth.

Larsen told Joe he’s working on tapping his experience and maturity and increased strength.

“I’ve got to be that sixth man, that guard, center, and tackle if need be. Just working toward being that guy you can plug in anywhere,” Larsen said. “It’s my third year, and I’m kind of one of the older guys with the second line and I’ve had the benefit of a lot of experience to tap and impart.”

Larsen was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2010. He was cut by New England right before that season started and was signed by the Bucs. Larsen said he and the Bucs should benefit from their upcoming practices with the Patriots. He still has friends in the Pats organization and great respect for Bill Belichick.

“[Belichick] does a great job getting guys prepared. And I draw on that knowledge as much as I can, even now two years later,” Larsen said.

From Joe’s vantage point, it seems the Bucs’s final cuts will not include Larsen, Demar Dotson and veteran free agent pickup Jamon Meredith, who has been seen with the second unit at various positions.

2 Responses to “Schiano Pleased By “Solid Performer” Larsen”

  1. Jessup Says:

    Derek Hardman isn’t going anywhere either. Dude is solid depth at tackle and guard.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Pete Mangurian should never have been fired. He got awesome play out of backups.