BreakoutJuly 22nd, 2014
Joe understands many Bucs fans have swilled untold pints of beer, thrown down countless shots of bourbon or ate several bottles of Tums worrying about the Tampa Bay offensive line. There is valid reason to be concerned.
If Carl Nicks cannot go — Joe has heard from reliable people both promising and troubling feedback about Nicks — then the Bucs are in a world of hurt with rookie Kadeem Edwards and Patrick Omameh as possible starting guards.
This just in: The NFL isn’t the Ohio Valley Conference, in case you were wondering about the rookie, Edwards. But Aaron Schatz of the football thinktank FootballOutsiders.com, by way of BSPN, suggests fans shouldn’t be running to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge if Nicks is a no-go come Week 1.
In fact, Schatz believes Omameh will be one of his 25 breakout NFL players this season.
25. Patrick Omameh, G, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Omameh went undrafted a year ago and signed to the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. Tampa Bay plucked him from there in mid-October, and while he never appeared in a game, the Bucs clearly had plans for him. He goes into training camp in the lead for Tampa Bay’s right guard position. The scouting reports on Omameh a year ago dinged him for sometimes being unable to finish blocks or move properly to the second level, but he’s a consistent and powerful drive-blocker. His greatest attribute, however, is his intelligence. He was offered scholarships at MIT and Princeton before heading to Michigan, where he made academic All-Big Ten. What can we say, we’re suckers for a player with brains.
Interesting. Omameh is considered a strong drive blocker, which reads run blocker to Joe. And let’s be honest, the 49ers are loaded on the offensive line so it was near impossible for a guy like Omameh to make any progress climbing the depth chart with all of those roadblocks (and road graders) in front of him.
And if Omameh is a good drive-blocker, then he should, initially, be able to slow down a pass rusher, at least initially. McCown has show the ability to pass the ball on quick drops.
So, this is all starting to add up a little bit, isn’t it?
Damn that former Bucs rock star general manger Mark Dominik!