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Pamphile’s rough Sunday part of overall Bucs offensive line struggles

Roy Cummings

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TAMPA – Usually steady Buccaneers left guard Kevin Pamphile had a pretty rough day this past Sunday, allowing five of the 17 pressures the Packers piled up during their day-long siege of quarterback Jameis Winston.

It was all part of what was a pretty rough week for the fourth-year pro.

We’re not trying to make excuses here, but according to Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, Pamphile was playing hurt Sunday, nursing not only an elbow injury but another injury Koetter has so far refused to divulge.

Not only that, but as we previously noted, Pamphile was slated to start Sunday’s game at right tackle. He was switched at the last minute to his usual left guard spot when Evan Smith had to move to center to fill in for  Joe Hawley, who had come down with the flu.

Now, some may think that’s not that big of a deal, that the job of an offensive linemen is simply to block the man in front of him and that it really shouldn’t matter where he lines up.

In theory that’s true, but in reality, there is a big difference between playing right tackle and left guard, especially when you’re forced to make the switch at the last minute as Pamphile was.

Pamphile famously became the Bucs left guard when he stepped in for Logan Mankins for a game a few years back but he did that after a week of practice at the position. He didn’t get that week this time around.

Pamphile spent the entire week working at right tackle and as a result, he had done little or no film study on the player he wound up having to block at left guard.

Throw in the injuries and this may have been one of the more difficult assignments Pamphile’s ever been given, which is why Koetter still found reason to praise him for the job he did.

“Kevin (deserves) major props because … every time we have to flip-flop somebody, he is usually the one (who has to get moved to a position he hasn’t played),’’ Koetter said.

 “I mean, it’s not like he forgot how (to play left guard). Yes, Kevin can certainly play better than he did, but at the same time, you wouldn’t want to be without him either.’’

Obviously. The Bucs opted to play Pamphile despite the injuries, but it seems they might not have had much choice in the matter as their line is pretty beat up right now, according to Koetter.

“We have multiple guys that are in that situation, that are banged up and playing through it (and) that’s both a positive and negative,’’ Koetter said.

 “The positive is that they are playing through it. The negative is they can’t play as well as they are probably capable of playing.’’

Apparently not.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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