Many believed that Jeremy Zuttah was the left guard and only something drastic could change that for him this season; it has happened. Recently the Bucs signed veteran guard Keydrick Vincent to a lucrative contract and now the battle for the position has opened up, to the surprise of every fan, especially Zuttah.
Vincent has played in the NFL for 9 seasons, spending time with multiple teams. The 6’5” and 325 lb. guard was part of the Panthers feared rushing attack and has now found his way to Tampa and the door is open to start. According to Coach Raheem Morris, he has said it is open competition and will play the best man for the job. Wait, wasn’t the job set for Zuttah? Now it is only weeks before the beginning of training camp, so this could make the battle for position very interesting.
Morris has said Vincent will start this season; some scratch their head wondering why Morris would put in a veteran that has traveled a bit in his career instead of a guard that might be the guard for the future. It is actually a smart move by Morris. Vincent has experience and has proven himself. While Zuttah is good, he is still young. He will be able to learn from Vincent and seeing his position taken over for several starts will push him harder and make Zuttah a great player. It is a smart coaching move and it should be interesting to see who will get the majority of playing time at guard this season (I bet Josh Freeman is wondering just as much as everyone else).
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