Buccaneers Lose Pro Bowl Guard Davin Joseph For 2012 Season
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had high hopes in 2011, and the season didn’t pan out very well for them. The youthful Buccaneers now know that rebounding for their 2011 season will be even tougher. Two-time Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph tore the patellar tendon in his right knee during a preseason game against the New England Patriots. Joseph was injured in the second quarter when fellow lineman Donald Penn blocked a Patriots lineman into the back of Joseph’s leg. You could then hear a pin drop in Raymond James Stadium, as the Buccaneers fans are well aware how much Davin Joseph means to this team.
Joseph will miss the entire regular season after his scheduled knee surgery on Monday. Head Coach Greg Schiano said, “It’s big. But it’s part of what we do. You mourn and you move on”. Moving on from this injury will be easier said than done for the Buccaneers, who coming into this season boasted arguably the best offensive line in the NFL. The Bucs lost 10 games in a row to end their season last
year, and were banking of their powerful offensive line to push them forward in 2012. Reserve guard Ted Larsen stepped in for Joseph for the remainder of the game, but Greg Schiano has not yet made it clear that he will open the season for the Bucs. Derek Hardman is listed as Davin Joseph’s official backup on the depth chart, as these two begin a job competition for the starting right guard spot.
Head Coach Greg Schiano is staying positive about the situation and believes that the Bucs will answer this problem internally. It seems that the Bucs have plenty of depth in their offensive line. It’s a big loss, but I do believe Josh Freeman will still be well protected by an offensive line that still features Donald Penn and new free agent acquisition Carl Nicks.
This doesn’t kill the fantasy stock for Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount, but it certainly doesn’t help. Martin is currently rising up draft boards as Tampa Bay’s projected starting running back. He has RB2 value with some nice upside, while Blount figures to hold Flex value, at best. Keep an eye on Tampa Bay’s offensive line going forward.