Perhaps Offensive Line Needs More SnapsAugust 26th, 2014
So the dress rehearsal is behind us. The third week of the preseason has come and gone. Now lies the last game Thursday night at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway as the Redskins come into town.
This is usually a game featuring future Motel 6 managers, insurance claims adjusters, bread truck drivers and front men for haberdasheries.
Sunday, in his day-after-game press conference, Lovie said the starters won’t be playing much Thursday but admitted he is tempted to get recovering cornerback Alterraun Verner more snaps. Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune is of the mind there are other players who may need work as much or more than Verner, and they reside on the offensive line.
Appearing on Sunday Sports Extra on WFLA-TV Channel 8, Cummings believes if there is one area of the team that isn’t quite prepared for the regular season, it is the offensive line. Therefore, Cummings said, Lovie should consider getting those guys plenty more snaps.
“You know, maybe the offensive line gets a look?” Cummings said of starters perhaps playing Thursday. “They still need some work, I think. They may get some time in this game I think.”
It certainly wouldn’t hurt. And Joe isn’t so sure Oneil Cousins and Patrick Omameh are the starting guards in two weeks. We all know that Bucs general manager Jason Licht is going to be dumpster diving over the next week (or sewer diving in the case of Richie Incognito) as there will be hundreds of offensive linemen, and likely dozens of competent guards, thrown to the streets by cutdowns.
Joe would be very surprised if the Bucs don’t bring in a couple of offensive linemen before the Stinking Panthers come to town, and don’t be surprised if one of them finds his way into the starting lineup.