Buccaneers have demoted veteran RT Jeremy Trueblood
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been forced to juggle their offensive line because of injuries, and now comes word that part of the shuffle is due to the fact that veteran right tackle Jeremy Trueblood has lost his starting job.
Trueblood, who suffered a sprained right knee in October, has been healthy but he remains in the background behind new starter James Lee, according to Ira Kuafman of the Tampa Tribune. It will be a makeshift right side of the line this week. Jeremy Zuttah has moved from right guard to center and undrafted rookie free agent Derek Hardman will start at right guard.
“It's disappointing, but I'm trying to be a team player first,'' Trueblood told Kaufman. "It's more disappointing than anything else, anger too, but honestly I can't be that mad. I have a job playing a kid's game.'
"I just want to contribute to wins. I don't like standing on the sidelines. This is when it gets exciting and you'd like to be in there. If I've got to be a good team guy and get our defense ready, that's what I've got to do. Things happen and I realize that. James Lee is my friend and I wish him the best. I don't want him to do bad so I can go back in there … I want him to succeed so the team does well.''
Trueblood is taking the high road and that is the smart thing to do here. Although he started 67 consecutive games for the Bucs before the knee injury, he remains a young player and is set to be a free agent after the season. He understands there is more football ahead of him and he needs to be a team player to ensure his future is bright.
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