With starting offensive guards Dan Buenning and Davin Joseph likely out of Tampa Bay’s regular season opener vs. Baltimore, the Buccaneers decided to secure an insurance policy on the eve of their game vs. the Ravens by bringing up offensive lineman Scott Jackson from the eight-man practice squad to the active roster.
The decision to promote Jackson shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, Joseph, the team’s first-round draft pick in April, was ruled out of Sunday’s game on Thursday after suffering a knee injury during Wednesday’s practice.
Buenning, who started all 17 games at left guard for the Bucs last season, suffered a sprained ankle during Tampa Bay’s preseason finale vs. Houston and didn’t practice until Friday.
With Joseph out of Sunday’s game, third-year player Jeb Terry will start at right guard in his place. If Buenning can’t play vs. the Ravens, Sean Mahan, who started all 17 games at right guard for the Bucs in 2005, will get the start at left guard.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Jackson will serve as a backup Sunday, but he brings versatility to the Bucs offense. In fact, he can play all five positions along the offensive line. He spent the majority of the 2005 regular season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad. He spent training camp and preseason with the team this year before being released in the final wave of cuts on Sept. 2.
What did come as a surprise was Tampa Bay’s decision to release wide receiver David Boston in order to make room for Jackson on the active roster.
Boston signed with the Bucs in May as an unrestricted free agent. The former first-round pick out of Ohio State was working his way back from season-ending knee injuries and had secured a 53-man roster spot when the Bucs made their final wave of cuts a week ago.
But with seven wide receivers on their roster, the Bucs felt they could afford to cut Boston. With Boston gone, the Bucs have six receivers – Joey Galloway, Michael Clayton, Ike Hilliard, Maurice Stovall, Paris Warren and Mark Jones – on their active roster.
Tampa Bay will kick off the 2006 regular season vs. Baltimore at Raymond James Stadium at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.