Battling At Right GuardApril 5th, 2014
Joe is on record saying the offensive line is, well, thin. Joe personally loves Demar Dotson but Joe has no clue where this narrative has come from or began that Dotson is on the cusp of a Pro Bowl at right tackle.
Nowhere can Joe find a bad review of left tackle Anthony Collins. But Joe is not all that comfortable banking on a guy who has yet to start 12 games in a season much less a full season.
Well, here’s another thing for Joe to chew on while he’s enjoying a cold beer on a lazy weekend afternoon: The right guard position looks, well, like a potential hole. Pat Yasinskas of ESPN wrote down who is in a fight to start at right.
At the moment, this is a toss-up between Jamon Meredith and Oniel Cousins. One of them could step forward and claim the job. It also is possible the Bucs will address this position later in free agency or in the draft.
Joe simply is not sold on Jamon Meredith at all. People whine about the Bucs’ offensive line last year, right? Well, Meredith got benched from said line. So what does that tell you? In his two years with the Bucs, Meredith has never outright won a starting gig. He’s been used to plug holes from injuries and shuffling, and that is about it.
Joe has already written about the “harsh” reviews of Cousins. So pardon Joe if he isn’t exactly comfortable with the offensive line as currently constructed.
This is why Joe would not be shocked whatsoever if the line is reshuffled again after the Bucs draft Jake Matthews or Taylor Lewan at No. 7.