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.”
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.
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