Rookies have led way to line improvement

by Gary Shelton on November 20, 2015 · 2 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Friday  8:3 a.m.

J.J. Watt got nothing.

Jason Pierre-Paul was shut out.

Greg Hardy got zilch.

And so it goes with the suddenly improving offensive line of the

Smith has exceeded expectations for Tampa Bay../ANDREW J. KRAMER

Smith has exceeded expectations for Tampa Bay../ANDREW J. KRAMER

Tampa Bay Bucs. For the most part, Jameis Winston is standing upright. For the most part, so are the Bucs.

Oh, you remember the matadors of the Bucs' offensive line from last year, where the best weapon was to yell “look out'' to the quarterback. That line allowed 52 sacks over a year's time, and it spent most of its time averting its eyes as the quarterback looked into the huddle. In was painful to watch. You can only imagine how painful it was to play behind.

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Cecil DeBald November 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Do hope that after the huge investment in drafting offense that it continues to gel and we’re able to go after some defense in next year’s draft – we seem to do a bit better in the draft than free agency, and it’s a better way to build long-term in my book.

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Gary Shelton November 18, 2015 at 5:52 pm

I agree. I saw a recent mock draft that had the Bucs taking an offensive tackle this year. That’s hooey. The Bucs need defensive ends and cornerbacks. Others need not apply.

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