When a position group plays as poorly as the Buccaneers’ offensive line did in the opener, you can count on someone getting offered up.
So Jamon Meredith, come on down (to the second string).
According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, Meredith has been taken out of a starting guard job and being worked as a backup tackle now.
“Jamon didn’t play as well as he needed to, so we’re going to let him concentrate a little bit more at the tackle position and give that next group of guards an opportunity,’’ Bucs coach Lovie Smith said.
It appears first-year pro Jace Daniels is the next man up for that opportunity. The former undrafted rookie from Northern Michigan spent most of last season on the practice squad, but in Sunday’s practice, took all the reps at right guard with the first team.
“In order to get to the first team … you have to do some good things at practice, and Jace has been doing that throughout, whether it be at center or guard,’’ Smith said.
At the moment, it appears Oneil Cousins has played well enough to keep the left guard job, though that’s subject to change as well.
With the free agent money spent on a left tackle and a center, the Bucs are going to have to keep looking for answers inside. If the 49ers ever dangle Alex Boone in trade, expect them to crop up on the list of usual suspects, as their interior line is suspect at best.