The series continues to roll on and next on the list is guard Jeremy Zuttah. Zuttah is the Bucs 3rd round pick out of Rutgers and one of the most versatile picks in their entire draft class. Standing in at 6’4″ and 303 lbs., Zuttah is a strong guard that can switch over to the tackle position if needed, which he might be doing more this season (Donald Penn is causing major issues on the offensive line).
Zuttah is very versatile and played 4 years at Rutgers, during which time he was named 1st team All-Big East twice. Zuttah gained a reputation around the Big East as one of the toughest blockers around, using his great hand techniques to obtain leverage on opposing defensive linemen and opening holes for Rutgers talented running backs (Ray Rice). Zuttah plays with great tenacity, never afraid to take on larger defensive tackles or talented pass rushers. He has played in 28 games for the Bucs, both at right and left guard, even some time at the tackle position.
Zuttah is still a work in progress for the coaching staff though. Every practice he is able to refine his techniques and get better in pass protection, which is great news for Josh Freeman. The question still remains though; which position will he play this season? Right now, Zuttah is penciled in at the right guard position, but may be asked to move around due to personnel issues (he may play at tackle because of Penn). Zuttah is capable of playing anywhere he is needed, but he better suited for the guard position.
Wherever he plays this season, Zuttah will be a very important player in the continuing maturation of Josh Freeman and the entire Bucs offense.
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