Bucs add offensive line help on a weekend they’ll need it


The Bucs were going to have a hard enough time with the Giants defensive line.

It doesn’t help they might not be at full strength.

With two starters ailing, the Bucs brought back free agent Derek Hardman Friday, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

Left guard Carl Nicks is nursing a sore big toe and right tackle Jeremy Trueblood is dealing with an ankle problem. Hardman was in camp with the Bucs until final cuts, and gives them a little depth on a weekend they can use it.

The Bucs have to deal with a Giants pass-rush that was largely ineffective in the opener, though no one thinks Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora are going to stay quiet for long.

They’ve got freaks of nature over there,’ Bucs left tackle Donald Penn said. “Pierre-Paul is a beast and I’ve got a double dose with a little bit of him and a little bit of Osi. It’s going to be a tough one, . . . a lot of hitting in the mouth.”

To make room for Hardman on the roster, the Bucs released defensive tackle Wallace Gilberry.

9 responses to “Bucs add offensive line help on a weekend they’ll need it

  1. The Bucs should be a good litmus test for NY. Dallas was just a vastly superior team, obviously. Tampa represents the caliber of team that NY will face in their other division foes – Washington and Philly. Well, Philly at least. Washington is hot garbage.

  2. That’s nice and all, but I really can’t imagine Hardman helping us much against that Giants d-line. And if Nicks isn’t close to 100% we’re going to be in a LOT of trouble.

  3. Interesting how all of you consider the Giants bad based off ONE GAME. They are better than last week showed…unfortunately.

    ckacv111, his toe was swollen to twice it’s size when he took off his shoes last week. Considering the big toe is the most important one, it makes sense.

    Even if the Bucs beat the Giants…you guys won’t respect them, lol. You’ll just say the Giants are bad.

  4. Cowboys fans I swear ha. They played the best game they could have, we couldn’t have been any worse for nearly half the game, only lost by a score (had the game been tied on Dallas’ last drive, Romo would have CERTAINLY coughed it up), and they’re bragging. When they lose to the Seabags, they will come back to earth with the nonsense like Bears fans last night.

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