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September 28, 2010 @ 10:58 am
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Bucs Bring Up Lorig

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The Buccaneers signed DE/TE Erik Lorig to the active roster on Tuesday. Lorig takes the roster spot that was made vacant by Tanard Jackson’s suspension.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned to the 53-man roster limit on Tuesday when they elevated defensive end/tight end Erik Lorig to the team’s active roster. The Bucs had a roster opening for six days after safety Tanard Jackson was suspended for the season due to violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.

Tampa Bay selected Lorig with one of the final picks in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Last week the Bucs moved Lorig from defensive end to tight end in practice. Lorig played both positions in college at Stanford. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Lorig is also a special teams contributor.  Throughout training camp and the preseason Lorig was exclusively a defensive end.

At Stanford as a red-shirt freshman Lorig caught three passes for 21 yards at tight end. Lorig was injured for most of his senior season and finished his Stanford career with six sacks. After he learns the offenses’ playbook, Lorig will now know both the offense and defense.

“I’ll be working on this for awhile,” Lorig said last week about playing tight end. “There wasn’t any indication, just go in do your work and see where we go.

“I’ve had enough time now to really learn the defense, and with the offense we ran something similar to it. I have a general understanding of the lingo and I think I’ll pick it up in a couple of weeks.”

Tampa Bay could make further roster moves during the bye week. Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said the team could work out veteran free agent safeties and punters.
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    Why? He should have stayed on the practice squad; no one was going to pull him off that squad. We should have picked up someone else from another team practice squad and see what they could do for a couple games. They could cut that person and repeat the process about 4 more times before the season ends.
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    Not sure what Lorig has done well at to get this second chance. I guess the FO has a soft spot for these 7th rounders (see Grimm, Stroughter, etc). Hope he can block.
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    The only thing I heard about Gilmore was that Freeman did NOT throw to him in the Cleveland game when he was wide open....
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    I like this move..give him a shot on defense.Klye Moore is just taking up space and why is Moore still starting..can someone tell me why!!!!
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    Okay so here is my theory... we are probably going to bring in another safety for competition, so we need another roster spot to the open up. If lorig shows that he is competent in can bea blocking tight end and/or full back, then presley and/or gilmore become expendable.
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    Well I never hear anything about Gilmore, which leads me to suspect that he is barely servicable as a blocker e.g. Gilmore's block sprang Graham on the outside....
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    Bowden did better than Bryan, not by much, but just sayin...
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    So is he going to play on O exclusively or both? Pass rush still needed.
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