Dotson Says He Feels Good, On Track

June 14th, 2018

Demar Dotson updates his status

Knee injuries on old offensive linemen are highly unpredictable animals.

Especially surgeries that come out of the blue.

Bucs starting right tackle Demar Dotson is in that boat now. In February, Dotson told Joe in person over lemonade at Lee Roy Selmon’s that he was finished with rehab on his knee and cleared for any and all football activities. And then Dotson had knee surgery a few weeks later.

Dotson was at minicamp yesterday with his teammates and told Joe all is good and he’s on schedule to be ready for training camp. He’ll start running soon and hopes to be back to his 2017 form by opening day.

Dotson doesn’t necessarily agree with those who say last year was his very best before hurting his knee in Atlanta in late-November, which ended his season. But Dotson does know how good his body felt up to that point and he hopes to get back there.

“Main thing, you get to the point in your career that you know what it takes to come out here and play, and you get to the point you know what your body needs. I think the 2016 season, I wasn’t healthy as I was because I came off that injury in 2015, so I still had a little lingering and stuff. So when it came to 2017, I felt good. The knee injury was gone and I was at the weight that I felt comfortable at, and coach was taking care of me. So coming into the games I felt good.”

A little concerning to hear Dotson say that two seasons ago he wasn’t over the knee injury of three seasons ago. Now we’re left to hope Dotson can get back to form six months after surgery.

12 Responses to “Dotson Says He Feels Good, On Track”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    A little concerning to hear Dotson say that two seasons ago he wasn’t over the knee injury of three seasons ago. Now we’re left to hope Dotson can get back to form six months after surgery.

    my thoughts exactly joe……I thought Webster played good when he was in there…..I hope Webster takes the next step and forces the coaches to make a tough decision…..not sold on benenoch at RG…..but with sweezy’s uncertainty and pamphile gone, I don’t think we have a choice….


  2. SOEbuc Says:

    Uhhh yeah. That quote didn’t sound good at all. Especially since he’s not even running yet. Bounce Dot to the number two spot in training camp Cappa!

  3. gilhealy Says:

    813, it’s Wester.

  4. 813bucboi Says:


    thanks, damn auto correct….


  5. gilhealy Says:

    I think auto correct slows me down more than speeds things up.

  6. m0j0 Says:

    We have some concerns on the right side of the line, but even if Dotson and/or Sweezy can’t go, we have some decent young players that will be able to fill in (Benenoch, Cappa, etc.)

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Every year a team needs some breaks…for some pieces to fall into place.

    Last year nothing good happened and we played poorly on top of bad luck a real recipe for disaster.

    This year I feel good about the team except I’m nervous about the right side of the line. I think Benenoch is ready to blossom into a genuine NFL starter. So that’s one of the spots but the other?

    Dot’s health? At his age? 50-50 chance that he plays more than ten games.

    Cappa? Seems he’s more of a project but if he could pull a Marpet and start at RT from the get go that would take care of our problem. I find it hard to believe the team is actually placed all their chips on a raw meat rookie however.

  8. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I’m interested to hear how Cole Gardner does in training camp. I believe Dirk said he’s been one of the bigger surprises this offseason which is weird since it’s been without pads and he’s an OT…

    Either way – between Wester/Cappa/Gardner it sounds like we have some solid developmental depth there. Wester I think could hold his own but hopefully one or 2 of those guys can develop into more than adequate starters

  9. DB55 Says:

    Garbage! The fact the Licht is allowing this guy to protect jw is criminal. Benonach no better and you got no one else. Sometimes I hate this org more times than not actually

  10. __TGH__ Says:

    Any word from him on why he told you he was good to go then had surgery a couple of weeks later? Did he hurt it after he spoke with you guys?

    Hard to trust what someone says if they are a proven liar. I get not wanting to share certain things with the press, but there are better ways to get out of answering a question than blatently not telling the truth.

    What Licht does in free agency between now and camp will you give you the real answer… no way they just hand over the job to Cappa.

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    Dotson isn’t a great RT. He never has been. He gets flagged often by the refs. Dotson should be a backup and could not start on any other NFL team. The Bucs have a big problem of sticking with players one year longer than they should.

  12. teacherman777 Says:

    Ok Licht. I know you love your draft picks but please int make the same mistakes as Dom!

    Dont rely on draft picks!

    Benenoch is a good backup but not a starter! Neither is Wester.

    So, we have Sweezy and Dotson, our right side, injured.

    And we are relying on Benneoch, a 5th rounder, and Wester an UDFA.

    Not smart!

    Why draft two corners in the 2nd round?

    Guards and safeties have the best value in the 2nd round.

    We should have drafted a stud guard with one of our THREE 2nd rounders.

    What were they thinking????