“Be A Man,” Says Anthony Collins

May 2nd, 2014

anthony collinsThere’s a decent chance the Bucs could draft an offensive tackle like Jake Matthews with the seventh overall draft pick next week.

But then what? Would Matthews, new left tackle Anthony Collins or Demar Dotson move inside to fill one of the Bucs’ apparent holes at guard?

That’s a great question. Transitioning to guard from tackle is hardly easy. But Collins thinks it might be. There’s one major criteria, so he told reporters this week at One Buc Palace.

“Be a man. First off, you gotta be a man,” Collins said of tackles having success moving to guard. “You know, a lot of people is not comfortable at that position. I’m very comfortable. Because first off you have to be a man, and you can prove it. Down in them trenches you can’t be soft. So once you be a man, everything else will fall into place.”

Collins is used to playing all over the offensive line, like he did for the Bengals. And hey, if the Bucs want to pay Collins like a starting left tackle but play him inside, then Joe’s sure Collins will have no problem with that. Joe thinks Dotson is less likely to be a guard candidate given his 6-9 frame. Staying low like guards especially have to do, is not be his strong suit.

Of course, there’s always a chance the Bucs would play their rookie stud tackle at guard — if he’s “a man” — but Joe doubts that would happen.

In the dreamers’ world, Carl Nicks returns healthy. Jamon Meredith gets back to his strong 2012 form, and the Bucs find a versatile, tough Jeremy Zuttah type lineman in, say, the third round — a guy who could compete this year and be a good starter next season. Of course, they could have just kept Zuttah, but that’s a whole different discussion.

You can listen to all of Collins below via 620wdae.com

11 Responses to ““Be A Man,” Says Anthony Collins”

  1. Espo Says:

    Love it. Be a man! Sounds like he’s being team first.


    I LOVE THIS MANS ADDITUDE !!!!!!! GET TO WORK !!!!!!! GO BUCS !!!!!!!

  3. biff barker Says:

    Too bad Mike Williams didn’t get a chance to play with this guy.

  4. Destinjohnny Says:

    This guy is a man! Red blooded sport played by red blooded men

  5. Mathius Says:

    Need 52 more of these guys

  6. Tampa2 Says:

    Given Anthony’s size and “be a man” attitude, I kind of like the idea of him moving inside

  7. Kevin Says:

    I wanted Zuttah to stay thought that was a mistake.

  8. Kevin Says:

    Got over the Revis situation when they got Verner. Why not grab Davin Joseph isn’t he still available?

  9. Doug Says:

    My new favorite player… Man Up, Tell it Like it is… butcher that English language, butcher that opposing Dline.

  10. Cmurda Says:

    A. Collins said “Our defense gonna be straight. I can’t wait to see them play”.

    Me too A.C. It’s been about 10 years. I can’t wait to see them play again.

    Looking forward to a resurgence from the O Line too, where it all starts.

  11. BucU Says:

    I love this guy