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Demar Dotson | Tackle

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 315
College: Southern Miss
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Bucs OT Demar Dotson will be RT Gosder Cherilus' backup after being activated off injured reserve-designated for return on Monday.
The Bucs will continue to trot out Cherilus on the right side, even though he's been obliterated both in pass protection and as a run blocker. Both Cherilus and rookie LT Donovan Smith are two of Pro Football Focus' bottom-10 offensive tackles through nine weeks. Dotson would be an upgrade. Nov 11 - 12:33 PM

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Buccaneers activated RT Demar Dotson off injured reserve-designated for return.

Dotson suffered a severe MCL injury in the middle of preseason and missed the Bucs' first eight games. He should be a big upgrade on stand-in RT Gosder Cherilus, who's been Tampa Bay's worst offensive lineman this season.
Nov 9 - 5:16 PM

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said there's "a possibility" the team will activate RT Demar Dotson (knee, I.R./return) for Week 9 against the Giants.

A return in Week 10 is still the most likely outcome, but Smith isn't ready to rule Dotson out. Dotson's replacement, Gosder Cherilus, owns PFF's eighth-worst tackle grade out of 78 qualifiers.
Nov 5 - 3:52 PM

Bucs placed RT Demar Dotson (MCL sprain) on injured reserve/designated to return.

Dotson was reportedly given a 6-10 week timetable after injuring his knee August 15, but he is now ineligible to return until November 15 against the Cowboys. Tampa Bay will likely turn to Gosder Cherilus at right tackle after picking him up off the scrap heap in August. With rookie Donovan Smith manning the left side, Jameis Winston will be under siege early and often in his rookie year. The move will open up a roster spot for CB Tim Jennings.
Sep 6 - 3:26 PM

Bucs RT Demar Dotson (MCL sprain) said he hopes to be sidelined just six weeks.

Dotson was given a 6-10 week timetable after spraining his MCL in the preseason opener. He obviously is hoping for the bottom range of the timetable, but the chance remains he is sidelined the first half of the season. The Bucs added Gosder Cherilus to help fill the void while Dotson is sidelined.
Aug 20 - 11:23 AM

The Tampa Bay Times reports Bucs RT Demar Dotson's MCL injury could cost him up to ten weeks.

It's a 6-10 week injury. In a best case scenario, Dotson would return by Week 3. In a worst case scenario, he'll be out until Week 7. The Bucs moved quickly to replace Dotson after he went down in the preseason opener, signing Gosder Cherilus to a two-year deal. Cherilus, however, is a big downgrade.
Aug 17 - 5:42 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bucs RT Demar Dotson will miss "roughly six weeks" with an MCL sprain.

He won't be ready for Week 1, and based on the timeline, the earliest possible return for Dotson is probably Week 3. While an MCL sprain is better news than an ACL tear, it's a huge blow to a Tampa Bay offensive line that again projects as one of football's worst. Dotson is the team's best pass protector. Expect sloppy efforts from the Buccaneers' offense early this season.
Aug 16 - 9:25 PM

FOX Sports reports Bucs RT Demar Dotson escaped Saturday night's knee scare with a sprain.

Dotson underwent a Sunday MRI to determine the severity of the injury. A source told FOX Sports Dotson's ligament is "intact" and he is being treated for a "knee sprain." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the sprain is to Dotson's MCL and he will miss "roughly six weeks." With rookie Donovan Smith set to start at left tackle and questions up and down the offensive line, the Bucs cannot afford to lose a rock like Dotson for any significant time.
Source: FOX Sports
Aug 16 - 8:21 PM

Bucs RT Demar Dotson will undergo an MRI on his left knee injury.

Per USA Today's Tom Pelissero, Dotson is believed to have a "sprained MCL, maybe more." The injury appeared more serious than an MCL sprain, which is a multi-week ailment on its own. The MRI will check for ligament tears.
Aug 15 - 10:38 PM

Bucs RT Demar Dotson was carted off the field in Saturday night's preseason opener with a potentially severe left knee injury.

Dotson was down on the field for several minutes before being carted away. Bucs beat writers are fearing the worst. The Bucs insisted on playing their first-team offense for the entire first half, and may now lose their best pass protector as a result. Dotson was recently angling for a contract extension.
Aug 15 - 9:36 PM

Bucs RT Demar Dotson changed agents this week in an attempt to get a long-term contract extension from Tampa Bay.

Vastly underpaid at $2.5 million, Dotson hopes to get a new deal done before camp opens next week. He held out for two weeks during spring workouts, but eventually reported for mandatory minicamp. Beat writer Roy Cummings expects an extension to net Dotson a raise to about $4 million per year.
Jul 24 - 12:00 PM

Pewter Report reports Bucs RT Demar Dotson will report to next week's minicamp.

Dotson skipped OTAs and had originally planned to skip minicamp, as well, but has had a change of heart. He wants a new contract, and the Bucs have a policy of not negotiating new deals while players are holding out. It's conceivable that Dotson and the Bucs will hammer out the money issues by the end of summer.
Jun 12 - 10:23 AM

The Tampa Bay Times reports the Bucs have pulled their multi-year offer to RT Demar Dotson.

Dotson is skipping OTAs because he's unhappy with his contract, but the Bucs have a policy where they won't negotiate a contract with a player who isn't in attendance. The two sides appear set to play hardball, as Dotson is now refusing to report to voluntary workouts again this week. Dotson has the leverage here thanks to the Bucs' brutal offensive line situation and a rookie quarterback.
Jun 9 - 5:48 PM

Bucs RT Demar Dotson skipped OTA practices this week due to displeasure with his contract.

The sides have been "engaged" in discussions regarding a new deal, but the Tampa Bay Times believes Dotson's absence "could escalate to a prolonged holdout" if no deal is reached. Arguably the Buccaneers' top pass protector up front, Dotson is owed just $2.5 million this season. The facts that the Bucs have a rookie quarterback and are weak on the line give Dotson leverage.
Jun 5 - 3:05 PM

The Bucs will move Demar Dotson back to right tackle after they drafted Donovan Smith.

It's a pretty big surprise. Former basketball player Dotson (6'9/306) is a much better mover than Smith and excels in pass protection. Although Smith (6'6/338) projects as a plus run blocker with ideal tackle dimensions, his on-field skills are more reflective of a right tackle or even guard. It's good news the Bucs now at least have a few capable starting offensive linemen. Time will tell whether they're using those linemen at the right positions to protect Jameis Winston.
May 5 - 1:23 PM

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Skill Players
QB1Jameis Winston
2Mike Glennon
3Ryan Griffin
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Bobby Rainey
GLB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3RB1Charles Sims
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Mike Evans
2Russell Shepard
3Adam Humphries
WR21Vincent Jackson
2Donteea Dye
WR31Donteea Dye
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
4Cameron Brate
LT1Donovan Smith
2Kevin Pamphile
LG1Logan Mankins
2Jeremiah Warren
C1Donovan Smith
2Joe Hawley
RG1Ali Marpet
2Matthew Masifilo
RT1Demar Dotson
2Gosder Cherilus
K1Connor Barth