The Buccaneers offensive line has already been in flux this off season and now it appears, that more shuffling will be required. This, after veteran right tackle Demar Dotson apparently suffered a recent off season knee injury that will require surgery on his meniscus and keep him out indefinitely.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network broke the story Sunday evening:
Sources: #Bucs RT Demar Dotson had surgery late this past week to repair a torn mensiscus in his knee. He’ll miss OTAs and minicamp but the belief is he’ll be good for training camp.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 15, 2018
Dotson, who is 33, is the longest tenured Buccaneer with nine seasons, currently on the roster. And, he finished last season on injured reserve after suffering a PCL knee injury in the Buccaneers November loss with the Atlanta Falcons.
This is apparently a different injury that occurred away from organized team activities or at the Bucs facility.
Dotson, who started 11 games a year ago, is scheduled to make $4.6 million in 2018. The former un-drafted free agent has 76 career starts in 100 games.
The Bucs signed Ravens Center Ryan Jensen in free agency and intend to move Ali Marpet back to guard. Head coach Dirk Koetter said at the NFL owners meetings last month that Marpet would likely play left guard instead of right guard, where he played in 2015-16 next to Dotson.
However, there is also belief that the Buccaneers may draft a guard, including at the number seven spot of the upcoming opening round of the NFL draft. Notre Dame’s All-American guard Quenton Nelson is name being mentioned, as that possible pick.
2016 fifth round draft pick Caleb Benenoch out of UCLA has played reserve right tackle for the last two seasons, and even started at that position for Dotson in the final five games of 2017 for the Bucs, as well. Tampa Bay could also be looking at drafting another tackle at some point in the draft, too.
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