After Monday night's game against the Bengals, many came away impressed with how the offensive line played. For the second week in a row, the starting line deserves credit once again.
Aside from Jameis Winston stumbling backwards on two plays, the line in front of him played well. They gave the rookie time in the pocket, opened holes for Doug Martin, and although rookies Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet had a play where they looked like rookies, both did an outstanding job in the trenches.
Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter also likes what he sees.
"We’re really excited about those two guys we drafted and there are some other guys fighting for spots in there as well?," Koetter said.? "Those young guys are both going to be good football players for us. Now, when we get into the real season, based on match-ups – (guard) Ali (Marpet) has gone against some pretty good guys right off the bat here in his match-ups but as we get into the season based on the match-ups we might have to do some stuff to help them. We don’t worry a whole lot about that in the preseason because we are just trying to learn a system. We want to see them play. We want to see them compete. "
?If you followed how training camp has gone, Marpet has had no issues handling what defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has given him during practice. Same goes for Smith as he has had success in one-on-one drills on several occasions. They are still young, but the outlook for the two second round draft picks looks promising.