Ask Gary: Looking for help from the waiver wire

by Gary Shelton on September 5, 2015 · 0 comments

in Florida State University, general, Tampa Bay Bucs

Saturday, 6 a.m.

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Like most fans, I'm worried about the offensive line. Is there enough time to pick up help on the waiver wire and get player up to speed by the Titans game? It's pretty much a "must" win for Lovie as far as most fans are concerned. Bucs have GOT to regain home field advantage to sell tickets and confidence to fans not already season ticket holders.

John Garvey

I don't like your chances of finding real offensive line help. Maybe you can get lucky with a bit of depth, but teams aren't throwing away the level of offensive lineman that the Bucs need.

Remember, teams go into a season with a plan for every position. At right tackle, they will go with Gosder Cherilus until Demar Dotson returns. They are committed to Logan Mankins at guard and Evan Smith at center. Then there are the two rookies they want to grow into solid starters.

So who do you bring in? Where do you find a guy who is good enough to start for you but bad enough so that he was cut by his former team. Perhaps you can find a prospect you liked in the draft, a tough kid who is worth keeping over your own depth.

A lot of what the Bucs do depends on the health of Donovan Smith, who has been hobbled. The Bucs don't need to go into the game depending on backups.

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