Dotson On Thin Ice

November 29th, 2017

Demar Dotson

When it’s all added up, right tackle Demar Doston will have missed 18 games through the 2015-2017 seasons.

That’s typically a career-killer for an offensive lineman who turns 33 during next season.

Joe has no official word on what injury got Doston placed on injured reserve today, but it appears to be a knee, based on what Joe saw in the postgame locker room Sunday.

Doston is the longest tenured Buccaneer, a project college basketball player signed in 2009, who went on to make 76 starts at right and left tackle.

What a great career, and a great story out of a guy who grew up in poverty.

Doston had a solid 2017 season and is at least an average right tackle, but teams rarely want to stick with average older players who keep getting injured. However, the Bucs did that with Vincent Jackson, so maybe Dotson does return next season to collect the $4.8 million due him.

It’ll be very interesting to see who the Bucs go to now at right tackle, Kevin Pamphile or second-year man Caleb Benenoch, and how they perform.

20 Responses to “Dotson On Thin Ice”

  1. Wombat Says:

    Actually think his height at this age will be his downfall. Those long limbs are getting creaky. Put LT on the shopping list…….

  2. Wombat Says:

    Sorry, RT…. Freudian slip…….

  3. ruggyup Says:

    Agree with Wombat, adding maybe the knees and age play a part in all the penalties, etc. Retire in dignity and be able to walk 15 years from now.

  4. DBS Says:

    Time for him to be replaced. Look ahead for the future.

  5. Mike Johnson Says:

    Go ahead, let him go. He’ll just go elsewheres and SHINE..On Tampa Bay like all the other discards do. Players always find New Life when they leave our Bucs. They better than they did with ys. WHy is that?

  6. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    Option A: Sign veteran left tackle Nate Solder. Move Donovan Smith to left guard. Draft Mike McGlinchey to play Right Tackle.

    Option B: Sign Nate Solder to play left tackle. Move Donovan Smith to Right Tackle. Draft Quenton Nelson to play Left Guard.

    Option C: Draft Connor Williams to play Left tackle. Move Donovan Smith to left guard, Let Pamphile and Benenoch battle it out at Right Tackle.

  7. Pickgrin Says:

    Dot is worth the $4.8M if he can duplicate his 2017 play next year. Father time is bound to catch up with him sooner than later though.

    Feel bad for Demar because his agent was so incompetent that he lost out on at least a couple/few Milliion$ during his playing career.

    If Benenoch or Wester haven’t made much/any developmental progress by the end of this year – we will have to at the very least draft another developmental (4th/5th rd)Tackle next year or preferably pick a potential starter in the 1st>3rd rd.

  8. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Have to withhold judgement until current injury is diagnosed.Dot hade avery good year and much of 18 games were due the back injury that didn’t seem to hamper him at all.

  9. C eh N eh D eh Says:

    If they CUT some of these borderline 2018 roster guys that are OLD, this team will have more holes than a swiss cheese factory…

  10. 813bucboi Says:

    don’t let good players go without knowing what you have to replace him….I say keep him…he played decent this year….GO BUCS!!!

  11. tnew Says:

    This is audition time for Pamphile and Benenoch.

  12. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    D.Smith to RT and then shop for a new LT. Fixes two positions

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    Lots would agree with that Jolly. But “shop for a new LT” is much easier said than done.

    Starting quality LTs are hard to come by. Teams don’t usually let them hit FA if they are under 30 and playing fairly well.

    The only realistic way to acquire a good starting left tackle is to draft one fairly high in the 1st round.

    Looks like the Bucs may well have that opportunity in the 2018 draft.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    Marpet AND Dotson on IR . Bummer. May well end up 4-12 now. Neither Pamphile’s nor Benenoch is a respectable starter. We’re screwed.

  15. deminion Says:

    Hello Conor Williams

  16. rrsrq Says:

    Just say no to the 1st round projected LT from Notre Dame, saw him get ate alive by Bradley Chubb of NC State and the University of Miami whoever played RDE, not good against athletic DEs

  17. EasyTheGreat Says:

    If Dotson comes back on a veteran friendly contract then do it. After all, EDS gets paid for doing nothing

  18. Bucsfanman Says:

    He’s 33 and we needed to begin looking for his replacement anyway. I think he’s played far better this year than most would have expected.


  19. denjoe Says:

    We are gonna need a real GM, for all this crap!

  20. BigMacAttack Says:

    He sucks anyway