Kevin Pamphile's experience at both tackle in college and guard in the NFL has turned him into a reliable, yet versatile piece of the Buccaneer offensive line. At Monday's training camp practice, he filled in for Donovan Smith at tackle, who was out for the day, and Pamphile said he took pride in being seen as a flexible player by Tampa's coaching staff.
“I like to be called the jack of all trades. Dirk Koetter, he’s mentioned that to me," Pamphile said. "Honestly, I own up to that. If that’s my nickname for now, I’ll take that.”
Tampa will need Pamphile to continue to step up, especially due to the potential of offensive guard J.R. Sweezy missing the first five regular season games with a back injury. Sweezy was signed by the Bucs this offseason in hopes of providing a boost to the offensive line's depth, but this has been hampered temporarily while he visits a specialist for his injury.
Head Coach Dirk Koetter has always had a lot of faith in Kevin Pamphile's ability to be a rock-solid starter at left guard, and spoke about the veteran's resiliency in the wake of the Sweezy injury.
“He’s doing well. I’ve said multiple times that if J.R. [Sweezy] wasn’t ready, we’d be fine with Kevin at left guard," Koetter said. "In Kevin’s mind, he was coming out to compete for a first team position regardless of what happened with J.R., so he’s handling himself well and now he’s in position to play.”
That type of competitive fire, starting as early as training camp is one of the biggest reasons Pamphile is such a valuable asset to the team. His versatility of being able to play both guard and tackle, coupled with a first-string-or-bust mentality makes for an extremely capable lineman who can protect Jameis Winston come game time.