TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes a pass during the season opener against the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Last season Ted Larsen was one of the surprises of the season. He was a waiver wire pickup at the end of the preseason, but the rookie was starting at left guard by week seven. He turned out to start the rest of the season, even when the Bucs had the option of playing Zuttah at left guard when Jeff Faine was healthy. Larsen wasn't an overpowering presence at that point, but he was pretty solid and looked like he could develop into a good starter.
That seemed to be confirmed in the first preseason game, when Ted Larsen looked very strong. But things suddenly collapsed, and he looked like the worst starting offensive lineman throughout the rest of the preseason. It wasn't much better against the Detroit Lions either, as Larsen struggled to hold up in the run game and made some critical mistakes as a pass blocker.
So now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers move back to Jeremy Zuttah. The 2008 third-round pick has had the chance to start before, and seemed to be a competent player. He lacks power in the run game but is a solid and reliable pass blocker. And perhaps there's reason to believe he'll do better as a starter now, as he looked pretty good in preseason. Regardless, he should at least provide an improvement over Ted Larsen.