Last week head coach Lovie Smith said the decision at right tackle – to stay with Gosder Cherilus or reinsert Demar Dotson – would have nothing to do with keeping continuity along the offensive line, and everything to do with who they feel gives them the best chance to win. On Wednesday morning Smith concluded that that guy is Gosder Cherilus.

NFL: SEP 13 Titans at BuccaneersSpeaking in open locker room, a very honest Dotson admitted his disappointment about not getting back on the field, something he was led to believe would happen after being activated earlier this month.

“I was told last week that I would be back in the lineup and starting,” Dotson said. “But I was told this morning that I wasn’t and that Gosder was going to stay in there.”

Dotson, who was informed of the decision earlier in the day, seemed to feel deceived by Smith but said he understood the reasoning for keeping the same five men across the line.

“It’s tough, especially because I was told that I was (going to start),” Dotson said. “And then to be told next week that you aren’t… It’s hard to accept, but that’s the nature of the business. You kind of want to rely on what somebody tells you, but you have to realize that at the end of the day it’s a business.

“I was told that I guess continuity on the line (is a reason). They don’t want to take guys out right now and you can kind of understand that. But it’s still disappointing.”

Disappointing as it may be, Dotson realizes his commitment to the team and the fact that he, like Cherilus and Joe Hawley, is just one play away from the starting role.

NFL: OCT 26 Vikings at Buccaneers

“I just take it one day at a time,” he said. “I don’t know what tomorrow looks like or next week looks like. All I know is what I was told today, and that was that I’m not going to be the starting right tackle. That’s the way I’m approaching it.

“It’s hard right now, but I have to get into the mentality of being one play away. I just have to keep doing what I was doing and not worry about it.”

UPDATE (4:27 p.m.): Head coach Lovie Smith clarified his conversation with Dotson from last week, saying he would never make that kind of decision a week before Sunday.

“Demar Dotson was told last week that he would be active and ready to play this week,” Smith said. “I don’t give out starting positions a week in advance. I don’t know exactly where he got that. He was told he would be active and he practiced today.”

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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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pinkstob
pinkstob
5 years ago

The first two words I typed after PR posted a story that Dotson was holding out in hopes of a new contract were, “Trade him”. It may have seemed harsh at the time, but I consistently said that Dotson was overrated, especially as a run blocker. He also had too many penalties in pass protection. He may have been our best O-lineman at the time but so what, they all stunk! Now 4 of the 5 have been replaced and the 5th one (Mankins) did a major overhaul on himself this offseason and got better. Dotson was always a very… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

To bad he can’t catch passes or we could use him as a TE instead of the malingering ASJ.

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Pinkstob; I’m confused? How could we have traded Dotson before his injury; we needed him? He’s not a Free Agent next year and if we have to we can trade him later.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  Horse
5 years ago

No we didn’t need him that’s my point, that’s why I would have traded him. G. Cherilus was a free agent at the time Dotson held out so we could have traded Dotson and signed Cherilus and been in the same spot we are now. The 49ers has just had an injury to their RT so we could have potentially traded Dotson to the 49ers and signed Cherilus and not have any type of fall off. Or we could have traded Dotson and moved Pamphile to RT, he’s just as good as Dotson in my opinion. To your point, we… Read more »

Horse
Horse
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

Pinkstob; got it. That does make sense.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

If Dotson wants to start, then practice, perform, show them what you got. Lovie says he will play the best 11 on the field. Make sure you’re that guy. Make them play you! As Lovie likes to say, It’s as simple as that! Nice to have the depth though. Every week, it seems somebody limps off the field. Dotson will get his chance!

plopes808
plopes808
5 years ago

The way the injury bug has been biting us lately, it’s good to see more depth. I say we hold onto everybody we got right now. Dotson will have his shot to play at some point regardless if he’s starting or not

owlykat
owlykat