Giddy About Evan Dietrich-SmithAugust 20th, 2014
Grousing has already begun about some Bucs free agents, but there is one free agent that has caught the eye of Bucs coach Lovie Smith. In a very good way.
His name is Evan Dietrich-Smith.
When most of the offensive line did its best to impersonate turnstiles in the first preseason game at Jacksonville, there were two players who escaped with their dignity intact. That would be right tackle Demar Dotson and starting center EDS.
Last week against Miami, EDS put in another solid effort. May not have been an All-Pro performance, but it wasn’t bad. Yesterday, Lovie took to the soapbox to gush over EDS.
“Love him. Everything about him,” Lovie said. “He’s smart, good football player, good run blocker. So I like everything about him. He knows what’s going on. Of course, he has to be a coach on the field. [Offensive line coach] George [Warhop] has done a great job with him. But he’s got great football knowledge. Leader of our football team. He’s used to that too, coming from a good program in Green Bay. We need guys like that to help us get to that point.”
Joe knows that when EDS left the Packers to come to the Bucs, a certain someone known as Aaron Rodgers was upset enough about losing his center that he had to seek the comfort of Olivia Munn. We should all have such rocks to lean on in troubled times.
And that’s why Lovie went out and got EDS. He was a rock on the offensive line for one of the better offenses in the NFL. Barring injury, he will be a rock here. That’s one free agent Bucs fans won’t have to worry about.
Now you may resume your fretting over Michael Johnson, Alterraun Verner, Josh McCown and Mike Jenkins.