After a dismal effort running the ball on Sunday at New York, the Buccaneers have re-signed fullback Spencer Larsen, who was with the team during part of training camp. To make room on the roster Tampa Bay waived defensive lineman Chris Jones who was added to the roster from waivers following the final cut down date earlier this month.
Second-year running back Doug Martin was held to just 65 yards on 24 carries last Sunday and sources tell PewteReport.com the absence of fullback Eric Lorig who is still nursing a leg injury, and tight end Tom Crabtree, were factors in the poor showing on the ground in New York against the Rex Ryan-led Jets defense.
Larsen spent four years with the Broncos, and was on the Patriots’ IR list last year.
The re-signing of Larsen could mean the return of Lorig and Crabtree, who could line up in as an H-back to help in the run game, will drag on beyond just last Sunday’s game in New York.
Head coach Greg Schiano wasn’t sure if guard Carl Nicks would be able to play on Sunday against his former team the Saints during his weekly day-after-game press conference Monday, and also hinted changed could be coming in Nicks replacement, Gabe Carimi.
“Carl [Nicks] is closer,” Schiano said. “Still don't know if he is going to play this week or not. That's something that'll be determined later in the week. And I don't know if Gabe Carimi will be the left guard or not either. We'll sort through all that stuff if Carl doesn't play.”
Tampa Bay may choose to move center Jeremy Zuttah to left guard and put center Ted Larsen at center, the same plan that happened after Nicks went down in 2012, or Jamon Meredith is also a candidate. Meredith played well in relief of right guard Davin Joseph last season.
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