When we originally drafted offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah in the 3rd round of this past NFL draft, I was a little perplexed. Not that I am opposed to taking taking offensive lineman or anything, but we had used a 1st, and 3rd round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, and were now using a 3rd round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft on what seemed to me to be, because of the players already on the roster, a backup offensive lineman. With Aaron Sears (LG), Jeff Faine (C), Davin Joseph (RG) and Jeremy Trueblood (RT) cemented in stone on our offensive line, either a LT or another WR in what was a deep WR draft (and a position that we might be thin at) seemed like the ideal choice for me.
What the hell do I know! It was revealed yesterday that RG Davin Joseph will miss 4-8 weeks with a broken foot. Joseph has been an integral part of our offensive line, which has the players to be promising and through two preseason games has looked stellar. While Joseph still could be able to return as early as week 2 of the season, it is not essential that we rush him back too early from this injury.
Zuttah has been one of best players in camp, and unless Gruden decides to go with a veteran, i.e. Dan Buenning at the position, Zuttah looks like he will be thrown right into the fire in the opening week of his rookie campaign. I have been preaching for months that the thing about this current Buccaneers roster that impresses me the most is the depth that we have at every position other than WR. It looks as though that before the season even starts, that depth will be important.