Bucs guard Patrick Omameh got the start last Saturday in the Bucs 20-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins and based on head coach Lovie Smith’s comments Omameh may be the favorite to keep the job.
“I think he held up, and when I say played well, I’m talking about all the things we asked him to do,” Smith said. “Inside you have to be able to one on one blocks versus the run, versus the pass. Our quarterbacks for the most part were able to, we held a couple of balls, but for the most part, protection gave them the time to hit the receiver. Patrick was a part of that. Last week, the guards were at the top of our mind because of that constant quick pressure inside and he really didn’t allow that. And that’s his first time out. If he’s in there this week, we’ll see how he does.”
On Monday Omameh met with the media at One Buc to talk about his first start since his senior year at Michigan.
“I just wanted t go out there and put my best product on film,” Omameh said. “It was a great opportunity for me and I just want to go out there and perform to the best of my ability.”
“Overall that is one thing we expected, going from game one to game two, we expected a great deal of improvement. And we felt we saw that and just want to keep going in that direction.”
Can Omameh keep his hold on the starting job? Playing and performing well Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills – who had 57 sacks last season – will go a long way in determining his future.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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