O-Line Is A Major Work In ProgressMarch 24th, 2014
Joe’s confident the Buccaneers’ offensive line will look better on paper in the coming months. Breathe easy. More help should be on the way.
Right now, however, the offensive line doesn’t look strong and deep. Here’s a breakdown: Caution, side effects may include nervous stomach and hives.
Demar Dotson – Fifth-year right tackle started the past two seasons and is coming off his best year, but he won’t be confused with a future Pro Bowler anytime soon. He turns 29 in October.
Evan Dietrich-Smith – During his first full season starting for the Packers last year, the center shined in pass blocking and with his extensive protection-call responsibilities.
Anthony Collins – The Bucs appear to have made history signing Collins to big money. The left tackle could be the wealthiest offensive lineman who never started a full (or half) NFL season, not counting rookies under previous labor agreements. Collins turns 29 in November.
Carl Nicks – Bad luck. Bad foot. Big contract. Great player when healthy.
Jamon Meredith – Played his best ball as a starting right guard in place of Davin Joseph in 2012. Re-signed to a two-year deal by the new regime.
Oniel Cousins – The guard/tackle has made just nine starts in six seasons — three in Baltimore, three in Cleveland, where he played under new Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop. He turns 30 in July.
Patrick Omameh – Guard was signed off 49ers practice squad last year. He was an undrafted rookie out of Michigan.
Jason Foster – No regular-season snaps taken for the 6-3, 300-pound guard.
Emmett Cleary- Undrafted rookie tackle out of Boston College. Signed by New Schiano Order in October.
Jace Daniels – Tackle lived on Bucs practice squad last year.
Again, Joe’s confident/hoping Jason Licht and Lovie Smith aren’t finished with the offensive line.