Davin Joseph Trying To Be Patient

August 13th, 2013

One of the coolest cats on the Bucs roster is guard Davin Joseph. With his menacing dreads and his big size, he is not the kind of dude you would want to face in a dark alley.

Joseph, however, is the direct opposite of his intimidating look. Polite, kind, intelligent, Joseph is always willing to talk to Joe and it’s hard for Joseph to wipe that seemingly perpetual smile off of his face.

Joseph, like Revis, has been limited in training camp practices, often relegated to the Tour de Schiano, a row of stationary bikes near the practice fields. Also like Revis, Joseph is chomping at the bit to drill a defensive tackle, but he’s on a specific rehab plan.

“I understand why we’re doing what we are doing, I understand that,” Joseph said. “Football is football. It’s not safe, and it’s a very physical sport. I take the advice of the trainers and the strength and conditioning staff about my plan as far as easing back into football and getting used to everything. Right now, I feel like we’re in the right place. With the other guys, they look really good, so I’m pretty confident that we’ll be ready whenever it counts.”

That may change for Joseph after the Bucs return from New England. If all goes well, Joseph’s rehab could be accelerated.

“I think we got to revise at the end of this week and see how we’re doing from there,” Joseph said. “Going off the last five days or so, there’s a high chance that I’ll get back to working real soon.”

Not many players would be agitated about missing preseason but Joseph is one of them. He noted that preseason is vital for a team to gel and for players to improve, and he realizes he has missed out.

“I value preseason,” Joseph said. “I think I need it, so we’ll see. We’ll see. Knock off some the rust, get used to having the adrenaline flowing, also going at the game pace and hitting somebody other than our team, and all that stuff. I think I need it, but like I said, I think we’ll revisit that at the end of the week.”

11 Responses to “Davin Joseph Trying To Be Patient”

  1. Meh Says:

    Joseph is one of my favorite players. Other than the injury, he’s always been a rock for us.

  2. Rick Ramos Says:

    Too often offensive linemen are characterized as the “big nasties.” In fact they’re typically the most intelligent and well adjusted members of any football team. The intelligence is required to make the myriad of adjustments they need to make which are often second only to those made by the quarterback. The social skills I believe stem from the anonymity in which they ply their trade.

    Well done, Davin.

  3. Biff Barker Says:

    New reality program? “Project Rehab Tampa Bay”

  4. Biff Barker Says:

    Our power running scheme is somewhat suspect with Nicks ailing and Davin in question folks.
    It’s one reason to keep Hillis Lets soften up and wear the middle of opposing D’s down.

  5. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    ^^^ not to take away the seriousness of how important Nicks and Joseph are but if last year was of any consolation we can count on several of our backups to fill in admirably. They can step in more often to give Nicks and Joseph a blow and try to keep them fresh for when we are in the heat of the battle. As long as we don’t lose either of them for the year, we should be ok.

    After last year, the offensive line should be the least of our worries.

  6. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Even sporadic help from Joseph & Nicks will be better than last year. Our backups gained valuable experience and we picked up Carimi.
    I think our O-line will be fine. Although it is concerning to see Joseph & Nicks still rehabbing, I think its absolutely the right move.

  7. Macabee Says:

    The length of Joseph’s rehab is a little concerning, but he had a very serious knee injury. It is better to be safe than sorry. We proved last year that we have a pretty good O-Line bench.

    Every time I think about the downfield block thrown by Joseph to spring Blount in the GreenBay game, that is a guy worth waiting for!

  8. Macabee Says:

    Here is why Joseph’s rehab is a little concerning. This article was published back in February, 2013. Obviously the .1 percent has been tough sledding!


  9. Pete 422 Says:

    @Biff, yeah they could do a reality show just on the Bucs rehab!

    I agree with the other posts that mention spelling Nicks & Davin from time to time. Ease them in & then hopefully they can be at full speed down the road when we can hopefully hit the playoffs.

  10. TrueBucFan5599 Says:

    Hey Joe had Jace Daniels done anything well in training camp? Haven’t heard much about him

  11. Stanglassman Says:

    I’ve always heard the closer to ball you are at the snap the more intelligent a player you are likely to be. I don’t know who came up with this or if it was even a study but many unrelated sources have said this to me over the years.