With center Evan Dietrich-Smith’s status for the Cincinnati game still up in the air, the position’s depth became a topic of discussion Friday afternoon.
“Evan Dietrich-Smith has flu type symptoms, so he’s been sick,” Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said Friday afternoon. “We’ve been kind of resting him up to try to get him as well as possible as soon as possible. We have a couple of our players that have been kind of down under the weather a little bit, but hopefully they’ll be good to go.”
Smith wouldn’t disclose rotation options in the event Dietrich-Smith is either a no-go Sunday or needs to be spelled, but did say second-year pro Garrett Gilkey is the likely option on the interior offensive line.
“Normally, we dress seven guys,” Smith said. “Of course Gilkey has been the guy inside, whether it be center or guard and normally we have one swing tackle. But from there with your football team, you always have three guys that can snap the football. There are some things that you work on, maybe not as much… but we’ve had three guys that we’ve been able to see snap the football.”
Dietrich-Smith has been Tampa Bay’s iron man this year, playing in all 693 offensive snaps. He’s the only player on either side of the ball that’s been in on every single play.
Gilkey has logged 114 offensive snaps of game time at either left or right guard this season, but only three in the past four games and none in the past two. His playing time’s been mostly limited to special teams.
Depending on a player who was cut by the Browns to come in for our center who has been getting rolled. Better wear your PF Flyers Josh, You;ll be running for your life. Note to our youthful fans: PF Flyers were sneakers back in the 1950’s-1960’s whose marketing slogan was that they made you “jump your highest and run your fastest”. Hey, we all believed it.
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