“Vets” Have Helped Patrick OmamehAugust 19th, 2014
Offensive line play was such a trainwreck against Jacksonville, the debut of the Lovie Smith-endorsed Jeff Tedford offense, that any guy walking around with a white can could see changes needed to be made.
Had changes not been made, quarterback Josh McCown’s life insurance would have been canceled. It was brutal to watch and painful to remember.
Well, one of those changes was to insert Patrick Omameh to starting guard. Not only did the offensive line improve against Miami, Omameh seems to have kept his gig, for now. And his play seemed to pass muster for Lovie.
“He goes about it as a professional,” Evan Dietrich-Smith said. “Pat’s kind of a quiet guy; he’s funny when you get him talking and stuff, but he’s a good guy. He’s strong; he’s a lot more athletic than people probably give him credit for. He does a lot of good things. He’s smart out there, doesn’t make too many mistakes. But every guy has something individually that we can clean up a little bit and we’ll be working on that coming into this third game and go out there and have another good showing.”
Advancing to a starting spot was not easy, Omameh noted. Talking to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club yesterday, Omameh thanked his teammates for helping him improve.
“I couldn’t name one,” Omameh said. “Each of the vets, I can turn to a lean on for when I have a question or just looking for an answer to something small – whether it’s a scheme thing, a technique thing. Years in the league, the experiences they’ve had, they’ve been able to give me a little bit.”
Remember earlier this summer, FootballOutsiders.com believed Omameh would be one of 25 breakout players. So maybe the Bucs may have found a player that will be a rock on the offensive line for the foreseeable future?
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