Big Game Brewing For Pamphile, Dotson

October 1st, 2015
Kevin Pamphile

Kevin Pamphile

With rookie left tackle Donovan Smith saddled with a knee injury Lovie Smith led many to believe was significant yesterday, that means 2014 fifth-round pick Kevin Pamphile jumps into the spotlight.

Pamphile, the remaining half of the Milk Cartons, the hard-to-find offensive linemen drafted last year, is the backup left tackle. He also appeared against the Texans as a tight end Sunday, an extra blocker on heavy sets.

Starting in place of Smith, if that happens Sunday against Carolina, would be huge for Pamphile on many levels. His career could be riding on his performance, with Demar Dotson likely available to return in Week 9.

Doston, the returning starting right tackle, went down with a bad knee sprain on Aug. 15. He might be ready to play later this month, and he can play left tackle if necessary. The Bucs also returned right tackle Reid Fragel to the roster yesterday.

It really feels like Sunday could be an all-or-nothing shot for Pamphile. Failure likely make him expendable in a hurry, as the Bucs would become desperate for a competent left tackle.

9 Responses to “Big Game Brewing For Pamphile, Dotson”

  1. passthebuc Says:

    Competence. now there is a word not used much in describing Tampa Bay Buc’s

  2. Ray Rice Says:

    Against Jared Allen? FUK!…… I’m not saying Allen is Von Miller. But this bum is going to make him look like it if he plays LT.

  3. CAN'T FIX IT Says:

    Looks like the wheels are ready to fall off the wagon, and someone sprayed roach killer on the people riding it ,There running for the hills, No hope for this this bandwagon now, Lovie Dovie will be fired soon !!!!!!!

  4. CC Says:

    Don’t worry Buc fans. Warhop will have him coaches up.
    Go Bucs!

  5. Buccfan37 Says:

    The more I read about the Bucs up against the NFL the more I realize how the Bucs braintrust just can’t get out of their own way. This team has to be smarter than what has been shown through the years. It really is bordering on something less than pathetic. Is it the Florida heat, because the teams in this state struggle so much? I like to be convinced it’s not as bad as it looks but reality keeps rearing it’s ugly head. To look forward to the Bucs beating the Panthers, I may as well be dreaming. Impatient, most definitely.

  6. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Bucs have got to be the dumbest team in the NFL

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    pamphill played well in the preseason…like the article said, this is his shot to standout out in a positive way and secure a roster spot..if he plays well we could slide d.smith inside to replace mankins…this will be another low scoring game but I see us winning our first home game since the bills in ’13…GO BUCS!!!

  8. Mo_Downs Says:

    Jameis should have a good game throwing to the left or right. LT Pamphile is better at pass blocking, quicker feet than Smith, and should provide Jameis time throwing left and should have fresh legs for screens to the left.

    Carolina DE’s Allen or Ealy should be lined up at LDE to replace Johnson. Ealy is the better run stopper and may get the nod at LDE.

    To be honest. DE Allen’s best years are behind him as a pass rusher so Pamphile, who is a better pass blocker, should have no problem blocking for runs because Allen sucks at stopping the run as well. The problem on the left side is ROLB Davis is a BEAST.

    Anyone else notice we only seem to throw RB screens left? We might want to try something else with Allen and Davis on that side.

    Be prepared for a VERY hard hitting game from the Panther’ DB’s. Rivera was a student of Buddy “46” Ryan and, like Lovie, emphasizes turnovers.

    The middle of the field is going to be “no-mans-land”. And, YAC will be hard earned by our receivers. Doug Martin will need a RB-by-committee to stay fresh and avoid fumbles in the 4th quarter. This isn’t a good game to be without a TE that can catch over the middle.

    This is not the time to go for BIG hits on Cam when he scrambles. It’s going to be more important than ever for our LB’s and DB’s to wrap-up tackle.

    This is a winnable game if the Bucs defense shows up and the offense figures out 3rd down and our PK is focused.

    Final Score: Bucs 23 – Panthers 19

    Go Bucs…!!!

  9. bucsbedabest Says:

    Another low scoring game. Don’t forget the Bucs were in both games last year to the Panhandlers. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Donovan Smith plays. If Pamphile was any good the Bucs would not have signed Cherlius. Bucs defense needs to contain Cam and stop the run as usual. Panhandlers OL is weakest Bucs have faced this year. Jameis going to “light up the sky” just like Alex’s Van Halen’s drum solo. I had to pay admission when I came tonight. And it said, “Open my eyes. Leave it all behind.”