Demar Dotson Pointing Toward Inactivity

November 16th, 2015

demar dotson 1216The way general manager Jason Licht was talking on the Buccaneers Radio Network pregame show yesterday, exciting developments are forthcoming on the Tampa Bay offensive line.

Joe primarily is referring to mighty rookie guard Ali Marpet returning to the field after an ankle injury in Tampa eight days ago. Licht heavily downplayed the extent of Marpet’s injury and said he expected Marpet back quickly. He added that this kind of ankle issue was nothing new for Marpet and was the kind of thing he’s played through previously.

Joe saw Marpet walking around the Bucs’ locker room with his ankles un-taped and little sign of a limp on Wednesday. It’s a good bet Marpet resumes practicing in pads this week.

Yesterday, when the Bucs went added an extra tight end on certain running plays against Dallas, it was guard/tackle Kevin Pamphile reporting as the eligible receiver. Former starting right tackle Demar Doston, who returned to the roster last week after an injury, was not the choice.

So if Marpet returns in Philadelphia on Sunday, then look for Evan Smith to return to backup guard-center duty, while Pamphile is the backup tackle on game day. Typically, the Bucs activate only seven offensive linemen for games, so Joe expects Dotson to be without a helmet unless something drastically changes this season.

At this point, the only possible change is Dotson getting a shot to replace Gosder Cherilus at right tackle, who had a rough day Sunday. Joe doesn’t expect that to happen soon, though.

11 Responses to “Demar Dotson Pointing Toward Inactivity”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hate to say this but Dotson could be trade bait…..he has another year on a pretty cheap contract and Cherilus is locked up with a pretty expensive guarantee next year…..and then we have Pamphile….
    Look for us to move Glennon & Dotson

  2. Patrick in VA Says:

    Would love to see us get a draft pick out of him. Even if it’s a late rounder that can be packaged for a move up the board, it’ll be something. Thanks for your service Demar, but I think we’ve upgraded.

  3. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I simply do not understand how we’re handling our TE situation.

    As I posted earlier Brandon Myers averaged 63 catches a year the two years prior to coming to us. No he’s not the next Gronk…he MAY not be as good as ASJ but he is AVAILable and he is also serviceable. Why are we not using him. Yesterday showed what he could do with that great catch to sustain the important drive.

    In addition if we’re looking at tackles to play TE why isn’t Dotson the first choice.
    The bulk of his college career was as a basketball player. He must have the best hands of any OL.

    Perhaps the staff placed too much faith in ASJ and hadn’t considered the fact that he can’t stay on the field.

  4. OneLove Says:

    At least Cherilus is trying!! I mean did you see that flop!?!?! About to start calling him Gosder Wade!!!

  5. Cgbuc Says:

    I witnessed a play yesterday where the whole entire offense was moving while Gosder was still in his three point stance … How is that an upgrade over Dotson? I get the whole line continuity thing but come on.

  6. meh Says:

    Dotson needs to be playing over Cherilus.

  7. Capt. Tim Says:

    Love Dotson
    But Gosder is a better player
    Cgbuc- you imagined that play. A-l-c-h-o-l

  8. mike10 Says:

    Depth! Depth! Depth!

    I don’t give a rats a$$ if he’s disgruntled. We always wine when we don’t have the depth other “good” teams have. Well, we’re starting to get it because of correct talent evaluation. Cool.

    Nothing to see here, move on.

  9. Mike Says:


    I have often wondered why they would not occasionally consider Dotson at TE because of his basketball background.

    Any expert opinions out there?

  10. Jason McLaurin Says:

    Dotson will be back in as a starter if D. Smith continues to struggle with penalties. He needs pressure on hum to play better than he has. It actually wouldn’t be bad to sit the rookie linemen we have the rest of the way once December comes and the veterans complete a turned corner around Hawley this season. I say sit the rookies to preserve an investment upfront wirh Marpet and D. SSmith they have proven that they are gonna take ocer for Mankins and E. Smith. These veterans ob that line are really coming around as the season wears on I mean Gos, E. Smith taking over at guard and Mankins playing better since he had a game away due to injury.

  11. Capt. Tim Says:

    No he wont. Dotson cant play left tackle. Not on his best day.
    Rookies get penalties. Thats gonna happen.
    He SHUT DOWN the Kraken. – no sacks!!!
    Rookies dont do that.
    Donavan Smith is going no where!!