By Tom Krasniqi
Gabe Carimi went from being a 1st round pick of the Chicago Bears just two years ago to trying to jumpstart his career in Tampa Bay. Carimi was acquired from the Bears yesterday for a 6th round pick in 2014. The trade became official on Monday after he passed his physical.
Carimi was on the practice field Tuesday wearing #72 as the Buccaneers began their 3-day mini-camp at One Buc Place. “I’m glad to be here, reunited with my old coach [Bucs offensive line coach Bob Bostad]”, said Carimi after practice. “Just looking forward to playing with the Bucs”. Bostad was Carimi’s line coach at Wisconsin. Carimi dislocated his right knee during his rookie season and says it still bothered him last season with the Bears. The injury required multiple surgeries. Carimi says the knee “feels good”.
Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said Carimi made a favorable impression when he met him for the first time yesterday. Schiano says Carimi also impressed during his first practice. “Watched him practice a little bit today. I liked the way he worked. He’s a big, physically imposing guy. He fits what we do”, said Schiano after practice. Carimi is known as a good run blocker but he struggled mightily in pass protection last season.
Schiano says Carimi is competing at right tackle behind Demar Dotson right now but does bring “position flexibility”. Carimi did see some action at right guard last season with the Bears. The Bucs believe he can still be a good player if he’s recovered from the knee injury.
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