This just came across my twitter stream
Jeff Faine, Jeremy Trueblood, Earnest Graham & Ryan Sims are all going to miss this weekend's game in Atlanta due to injury.
That's from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' twitter feed. It's kind of ironic because I was just talking about why the loss of Brian Price to IR was so big the other day and now that Sims is going to be out people will get to see what I mean. That's not a knock on Alex Magee though. Actually I don't know much about him and I couldn't say how he will fit in with our defense until he gets some snaps. But I would say its pretty damn scary when you think about the fact that he and Al Woods now make up the second team defensive tackles even though neither have taken a snap for Tampa and both were recently learning how to play in a 3-4 rather than a 4-3 defense.
And yes, it DEFINITELY matters.
I don't know if both Magee and Woods will be up but even if they are I have a hard time believing that Woods would be able to learn the playbook quick enough to be ready to play meaningful snaps for the Bucs on Sunday. Magee on the other hand has been here for a few weeks so he should at least have some of it down pat. Its not like Sims was necessarily a world beater either but at least he knew where he was supposed to be on every play.
Now the Bucs and all of us fans will have to say a few prayers that Gerald McCoy and Roy Miller, along with Magee, stay healthy for the whole game. If not you are looking at the prospect of some major shenanigans inside against the Falcons.
On an additional note James Lee will get another week to impress the coaches, this time he will probably see a lot of Kroy Bierman and probably some John Abraham as well. I thought aside from a couple plays where he slipped that his blocking was outstanding against Arizona. But he had two false start penalties and the truth is that's what drives everyone crazy about Trueblood. If he can cut that out then I really do believe no matter what the Bucs say publicly that he has a chance to be the permanent starter.