While the 2014 NFL season didn't go according to Jorvorskie Lane’s plan, the Lufkin native most definitely learned from his mistakes.
One of those mistakes included a two-game suspension for taking water pills Lane said he had no idea were an NFL performance enhancing violation.
“It was an honest mistake. You wouldn't think a water pill has anything to do with your performance,” said Lane.
To make matters worse, last November Lane’s season ended prematurely after breaking the fibula bone in his right leg in the game against the Chicago Bears.
“It took me two months just to say I can play football again,” said Lane. “I questioned myself thinking ‘Would I ever be the same? Is it ever going to bother me? Could I play again?’”
As time went on, so did his rehab which resulted in growing faith that he could make 2015 a comeback season.
“You can get to the top by climbing as far as you can and you never know. It may rain, it may be a storm, and it may set you back, but it's all about how you overcome that,” said Lane. “I'm a real, firm believer in overcoming.”
Lane can now look back and say he has overcome everything last season threw his way. He's even proven this early in the game at OTA's he's worthy of a starting position.
“When we left for mini-camp I was a starter. My coach explained to me it's my job to lose so I took that as a good approach. It's up to me to prove what I got and continue to prove what I got,” said Lane.
With a new coaching staff and general manager last year, the Bucs went through some growing pains in their 2-14 season.
Dirk Koetter is coming in as Tampa Bay's new offensive coordinator this year after his stint with division-rival the Atlanta Falcons. Koetter's offensive plans look to be the perfect blend for Lane's style of play.
“I like Coach K. He's all about matchups. He's not going to disguise what he's going to do,” said Lane. “As far as the running game, he's a big, firm believer of the fullback and believer in the big back. I have a history of being a big back so I'm real excited about this year.”
A healthy Lane plus an accommodating offensive scheme, equals a great season for this Lufkin native.
“I think this year is going to be my best season. I'm acclimated into what the NFL expects and what the NFL coaches run. I know the ins and outs of it so yeah, I think it's going to be a good season for me,” said Lane.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will start their mandatory mini-camp Saturday, August 1st.
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