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July 28, 2012 @ 1:12 pm
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Gaitor Is Chomping To Contribute In 2012

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Dory LeBlanc


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With EJ Biggers expected to miss at least two weeks, second-year corner back Anthony Gaitor will need to step up and replace Biggers as the nickel cornerback for the Buccaneers. 
In 2011 cornerback EJ Biggers played nickel cornerback in ten games, and started at left corner and subbing for an injured Aqib Talib in six more. Now the player who received playing time as a result of someone’s injury is giving that same opportunity to someone else.

The Bucs announced Saturday that Biggers suffered a foot injury as a result of a collision with safety Ahmad Black and receiver Arrelious Benn in yesterday’s training camp practice. Been sustained a knee injury in the collision as well. Schiano said that neither Benn nor Biggers would require surgery but that a definite timetable for their return hasn’t yet been established.

Schiano said Saturday that he expects the two players to be sidelined for a minimum of least two weeks, which could take them through the remainder of training camp and past the first preseason game in Miami against the Dolphins on August 10. There is a chance that both players could miss the entire preseason, and even possibly into the beginning of the regular season.

Anthony Gaitor played sparingly in eight games last year as a rookie, recording five tackles. The Bucs’ seventh round draft pick in 2011, Gaitor is expected to replace Biggers as the third corner/nickel back, and took Bigger’s reps at Saturday’s practice.

After the session wrapped, Gaitor talked with Pewter Report about the opportunity that may have presented itself.

"I mean,I [have] got to keep doing what I'm doing.” Gaitor said. “You know, to give me the opportunity to come, step up, make plays. Keep doing what I'm doing."

In the offseason, Gaitor prepared for the possibility of having an increased role on defense.

"I just worked out, man.” Gaitor said. “Just footwork, worked on my footwork. Doing every little thing I need to get better."

Gaitor said that playing nickel at Florida International will be helpful is his new increased role and something he doesn’t find difficulty with.

"I played nickel back in college so I'm familiar with the plays and everything, so it's a little familiar with from college."

Before the collision, Gaitor spent time covering Benn in one-on-ones on Friday, and on a day when the receivers repeatedly got the best of the corners, Gaitor held Benn to one catch.

In the same drill Saturday, Gaitor went against Tiquan Underwood, and struggled somewhat covering the lengthy receiver. Gaitor also played left corner with the second team in the base defense and played right corner with Eric Wright at nickel on seven-on-seven drills on the second day of practice.

Despite his size (5-10, 175 pounds), Gaitor was durable playing in 49 games in four years at FIU. As a senior in 2010, Gaitor recorded 52 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, and had five pass breakups. Entering the draft, Gaitor was projected as a nickel or dime back, due to his experience and size. Gaitor was an aggressive tackler as a Panther, recording close to 200 tackles in his collegiate career.

Gaitor may now have the opportunity he has been waiting for and views the situation as something he must take advantage of.

"Yeah, just trying to get better, take, cover more reps.” Gaitor said. “That's how the game goes though. Got to be ready when the player goes down."

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    I hope the kid does well. I have to pull for anyone whose name is Gaitor in Florida!
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    I hate to disagree with Horse, however, with the four and five receiver sets that are going to come after us from Atlanta, New Orleans and Carolina, we will need much more than two good corners!!! I'M just saying..........
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    Pewter Report Dory, thanks for the up date. As long as Talib and Wright stay healthy none of this is a big issue for now. Go Bucs!
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