Carl Nicks No. 12July 9th, 2013
The countdown of BSPN’s top 25 players in the NFC South continued over the weekend (how many had trouble shaking off the cobwebs yesterday?) when the latest Bucs player was revealed by NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas. That would be guard Carl Nicks at No. 12.
What he did in 2012: After being signed away from the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, Nicks appeared in seven games before going out for the rest of the season with a toe injury.
Why he’s No. 12 in 2013: Back in his New Orleans days, Nicks was viewed by many as the best guard in the league. Assuming he’s at full health, there’s no reason Nicks can’t get back to dominant form. The Bucs’ plan of teaming him and Davin Joseph as the starting guards went awry when Joseph suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason. But Joseph also is expected to be back at full strength. That could give Tampa Bay the best guard tandem in the NFL and running back Doug Martin could end up being even more productive than he was in a stellar rookie year.
Joe absolutely agrees with every letter Yasinskas typed here.
Joe just drools thinking about the possibility of Doug Martin running behind a road grader like Nicks for a full season, especially now that Martin has a full season of NFL experience under his belt.
And a strong running game usually means a strong team. We will find out soon. Hey, look! The NFL regular season is less than two months away.