“Edge-Setter” In The HouseApril 25th, 2014
At 6-7, 280 pounds with next to no fat on him, new Bucs tight end Steve Maneri can’t help but stand out in the Bucs locker room.
It’s easy to see how he had no problem bulking up and playing tackle for the Texans, Patriots and Chiefs before switching back to tight end in Kansas City, where he took great pride in his 2012 role.
And Joe’s heart is warmed by Maneri’s attitude. Maneri can’t wait to hit people.
“I’m a tough guy. I’m here to help in the run game and take care of their best guy on the defense on the edge. I’m going to be an edge-setter like I was two years ago for Jamaal Charles with the Chiefs,” Maneri said. “That’s my goal here, to block for [Doug] and the running backs.”
Charles gained 1,509 yards in 2012, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
Maneri was with the Bears last season and heard plenty of great things about Lovie Smith. That, he said, is why he signed so quickly with the Bucs in February. Maneri also liked his chances to fit in as a blocking tight end.
Given the mystery surrounding Jeff Tedford’s offense, Maneri’s chances of making the roster are unclear.
However, if the Bucs want a blocking tight end, Maneri surely appears to be the lead dog in that race. Blocking is not the strength of Brandon Myers or Tim Wright, and Tom Crabtree and Luke Stocker have been plagued by injuries.