In preparation for the start of the 2016 Buccaneer’s training camp, plenty of concern still surrounds this unit. Speaking with Midday 180 podcast, out of Tennessee, NFL Films’ Greg Cosell gave his opinion of the Buc’s offensive line potentials for this season. (Check this segment of podcast at the 20:22 mark).
“Obviously they drafted the two rookies last year, both in the second round,” Cosell said. “Smith played left tackle the entire year, Donovan Smith. Ali Marpet did a very nice job at right guard. Look, Winston is a quarterback that needs to be protected. While he’s a little deceptive with his movement, he’s not going to beat you as a mover, he’s a pocket thrower and he needs to be protected, so they need to continue to do that.”
During the offseason, the Buc’s lost Pro Bowler, Super Bowl winning, Guard Logan Mankins. Mankins not only served as the starting left guard, but was also known as a key team leader. On March 9th, Guard J.R. Sweezy, formerly from the Seattle Seahawks, officially signed with the Bucs. Sweezy, who both won and lost a Super Bowl with the Seahawks, should probably replace Mankins at Left Guard.
Although there are still questions on how this year’s unit will perform, once the pads are introduced at the upcoming training camp, we will get a better idea of this lineup. Cosell seems to believe the Bucs are on the right track. Needless to say, Jameis Winston needs better protection in the pocket. Offensive Line Coach Warhop and the Buccaneers need to continue to improve the line.
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