Last Sunday the Buccaneers benched their high-priced free agent acquisition Anthony Collins in favor of sixth-year pro Demar Dotson.

At the time, the highlight of the story was Collins, who’s been a disappointment this season,  being replaced by the more consistent offensive tackle. But now the focus has shifted to Dotson’s future of possibly becoming a permanent fixture at the position.

“No doubt,” Dotson said of being open to a position change. “I don’t make those decisions, but if they ask me to then you best believe that I’m going to put 100 percent effort into being the best left tackle that I can be.”

Moving from the right to the left side of the offensive line may seem like a natural switch, but as Dotson explained, there are definitely some adjustments to be made. Not only does that mean taking on the opponent’s most dynamic edge rusher, but technique on the left side is different, too.

“It was a little different and a little awkward (on Sunday),” Dotson said. “The footwork is a whole lot different and it takes a lot getting used to. I’m so used to doing stuff on the right side and now I have to flip all of that over in my mind. A lot of the things, I knew was coming, but I was slow reacting with my feet.

“It’s just about continuing to work. I’ll get out here next week and work hard everyday in practice, take every rep and go hard every rep.”

In recent weeks many have called for a complete offseason revamp of the Buccaneers struggling offensive line. But with this move, they may have found at least one answer. Even with a small, two game sampling – against defensive ends Julius Peppers and Cameron Jordan – it will be interesting to see if Dotson can assume the role and have success.

Dotson has stepped up for the Buccaneers in years past, and has clearly been the team’s best offensive tackle this season (Lovie Smith even said it). It’s good that the 6-9 lineman doesn’t lack drive or confidence, because, over the next two weeks, he should have a great opportunity to prove himself at a major position of need.

“It’s nothing I can’t work at and, in due time – like I said, I’m going to put in the work and I’m going to get better at it,” Dotson said. “And that’s without question.”

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

Surprised they didn’t think of this move at the start of the season. Would think a pay raise would be in order for a tackle that doesn’t make much money. Pay the man!

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Bucs Nation say that Anthony Collins is done in Tampa.They say that the Bucs are going to cut ties with one of their prize free agents after just one season.

I thought the Bucs might move him inside where he played for most of his time in Cincy.

I think it’s going to be Dotson or a draft pick. Whether they cut Collins or not he will never play LT again at the Bucs!

bradentonian
bradentonian
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

If they are going to cut ties with a FA, it should be MJ

WeAretheChamps2002
WeAretheChamps2002
6 years ago

It’s hard to judge him based off limited playing time at the position. That’s not really enough tape. But if the (hopefully new) OL coach believes that can then I say why not.

Bucco63
Bucco63
6 years ago

I don’t know why they wouldn’t move Collins inside either. Why compound your mistake by cutting him outright and still need both positions instead of moving him inside to his natural position. Oh I know, we’re going to trade him to New England for a 7th rounder in 2017 where he’ll become a pro bowler.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

Many of us here have wanted to at least see Dotson tried at LT because he is more athletic than most. Also thought that since QB’s seem to favor throwing to their right that the 6-9 RT could be interfering with their line of sight.I always thought Dotson could be used in the red zone as a TE. He should have good hands from his basketball days. It will be interesting to see how he fares these next two games. How about that? Something to look forward to seeing.

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

I hope Big Dot makes it at LT. I like that guy! Dotson said that when word came down from the Front Office on Wednesday “I bought into it”! My kinda guy!

nybuccguy
nybuccguy
6 years ago

Dotson and Mike Evans are the only two ayers I like on the offensive side of the ball.