The Buccanneers’ offensive line is already really solid. With three Pro Bowl caliber players already part of the mix, Demar Dotson’s declaration that he plans on becoming the best right tackle in the NFL has to have Bucs’ fans giddy.
Dotson is coming into his fifth season in the NFL and was recently signed to a nice four-year deal. As noted by Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay decided to stay in-house and keep Demar as opposed to going after some other notable free agents like Tyson Clabo, Eric Winston and Sean Lockler.
So clearly the Buccaneer organization believes in Demar. And this here writer does as well. He was excellent filling in for the infirmary that became the 2012 offensive line.
But best right tackle in the NFL? Sure, and I’m Elvis Presley because I just moved to Vegas. Not so fast my friend. Demar has a chance to be a solid player, and assuming a healthy compliment of others on the line with him, he and the rest of the O-line are in for a big year.
However, before I chastise him too much for saying this, I’m thrilled that he believes that. Shouldn’t every player believe they are going to be the best at their position? Frankly, I’m just happy he didn’t say, “I am the best right tackle in the league,” then we’d have issues.
The fact that Demar Dotson, one of the more nondescript players on the roster believes he has a chance to get to elite status makes me feel real good about the mindset of the team.
When offensive lineman make comments, they feel pretty good about their team. It means he believes in #5, it means he likes Doug Martin, it means he trusts Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams and the rest of the receiving corps. How do I know this? Because if he thought his teammates were garbage, he wouldn’t possibly be able to become the best right tackle in the NFL. Linemen rarely if ever get credit, and they almost never get credit on a bad team.
Dotson has to think the line he’s a part of is going to be great this year, and because of it, his status amongst his peers will rise. And honestly, I can’t disagree with him there.
Well, it’s either that or he’s been watching too much NFL Network Top 100 and had an awesome dream last night.