As Tampa Bay continues to deal with its unsettled situation on the offensive line, a familiar face will be lining up in the trenches in unfamiliar colors.
Right guard Davin Joseph spent the first eight years of his career as a Buccaneer after being drafted in the first round in 2006 out of Oklahoma. He started 99 of the 100 games he played with Tampa Bay before being released on March 8 of this year.
Joseph jumped to the top of the Rams’ depth chart prior to Sunday’s 34-6 loss against Minnesota and remains ahead of backups Mike Person and rookie Greg Robinson.
When asked about the two-time Pro Bowler’s return to Tampa Bay, multiple Buccaneers took time this week to say a few words about facing their former teammate.
“It’s going to be exciting to see him after the game,” said Demar Dotson, who lined up next to Joseph at right tackle. “I don’t want to see him before the game. It might make me too excited. I want to see him after the game – after we beat him, of course.
“That’s a great, standup guy. I think he’s probably one of the most standup guys in this league; just a tremendous football player and I think he’s even a better person than what he is as a football player. I learned so much from that guy and had the opportunity to play next to him and I just wish the best for him going forward. Except for Sunday. I hope he does well, but that’s it.”
“(He’s a) good friend of mine, worked out with him in the offseason,” said linebacker Mason Foster. “I know he’s going to come with his ‘A’ game. He’s a good guard too, so it’s going to be tough.”
“I’m so happy for Davin,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “He mentored me for four years and he really still is. He checks in on me. He’s a great guy. I’m so happy that he landed somewhere and is actually starting. His leadership ability just helped the line and the whole team out. He’s a vet and a great guy off the field. He’s a hard worker. He can completely change their whole offense and their team.”