Don’t Fret (Yet) Over Hole At GuardMay 21st, 2014
Yesterday at practice, working with the first team offense, was a pair of guys who give Bucs fans chills down their spines, and not in a good way.
Since starting left guard/MRSA victim/ugly toe on the line Carl Nicks was nowhere in sight, not even with Joe’s binoculars, the guards working with the first team offense were Oneil Cousins on the left, and Jamon Meredith at right.
Lovie cautioned those observing to not yet drive to the Sunshine Skyway. There is a long, long, long road to go before the regular season starts.
“It’s a competition and it’s not just coach talk, it is competition at all of the positions,” Lovie said. “Starting spot, [guard Jamon Meredith] he of course has been around here a while. He’s lining up with the ones right now, but as much as anything right now, I tell the guys to be concerned if you’re not getting any reps.
“Where you are right now or what group you’re working with, we haven’t done enough. You can’t really get a true depth chart until you see someone or you see us go full speed and I’m talking about in pads. Up until this point, a lot of where the depth chart is based on what guys know a little bit as much as anything.”
As soon as the draft was completed nearly, both Lovie and general manager Jason Licht noted there are all sorts of good offensive linemen starting in the NFL who were not picked early in the draft, or drafted at al. And there is still a very good chance that some team will cut a lineman with gas in the tank to save cap space or pair down a loaded roster.
Again, Joe cites Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio, who states if your team does not address a need in the draft, look to the teams who drafted for the same need during the first two days of the draft. It is likely those teams either have a player at said position on the trade block, or will release a player or two at the same position. That’s where a hidden gem could be had.
It is still May. The regular season doesn’t start for about 3 1/2 months.