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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com

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    Horse

    As of right now I’d leave the OL alone. We might see it differently by half time because we are playing a good team. No matter what I’d let Dotson play a series or two based on getting him ready to go if another OL goes down.

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    CaliforniaBuc40

    I think we might see Dotson coming in a few drives to give Cherilus a breather and also to see what he can do now that he is 100. I would also expect to see Dotson as the 6th man on the line at times, when they go heavy run.

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    drdneast

    Wow, what a dilemma to have. We have two starters from the beginning of the season sitting on the bench wanting to play. My how times have changed.

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      Horse

      Good problem to have.

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  5. 4

    GoldsonAges

    Cherilus has had one really good game and one really terrible game and has settled into being below average. No way he starts over Dotson.

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    scubog

    I’m pretty sure they are first and foremost evaluating Dotson’s health and stamina on the practice field. Once it has been determined that he is physically ready, I believe he will be given a number of plays, maybe as early as this week, and let the game tape decide who lines up against the Cowboys. With Evan Smith returning to health and remaining sidelined, looks like maybe the choice has already been made at center.

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    russmillerwy

    There’s a good reason why the Bucs were able to pick up Cherilus, Tim Jennings, and Tony McDaniel for very little before the season started: they’re almost over the hill. If Dotson’s knee truly is healed, he’ll be an upgrade over the Cherilus. It’s hard to play at the same old level after players hit 30. Every once in a while an exception comes along for a position that doesn’t depend as much on speed, strength, or agility, but the rule still holds for most players. I’m 45 and still play soccer, so I feel this every day I play or practice.

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