“He Studies His Butt Off”

June 8th, 2014
Bucs LT Anthony Collins isn't relaxing with his new, fat contract.

Bucs LT Anthony Collins isn’t relaxing with his new, fat contract.

When the Bucs made left tackle Anthony Collins a very wealthy man despite him never having started half an NFL season, it instantly made the signing one of the most controversial of the Tampa Bay offseason.

Collins, who turns 29 in November, is being asked to step up in a way he never has before — for a new offensive line with holes and question marks.

Joe’s pulling hard for Collins. If he fails, well, Joe doesn’t want to think about the fallout on the field, and how that could affect the 2015 draft.

The great news is Collins isn’t showing any signs of putting his feet up now that he’s locked up a five-year, $30 million contract, with about half that guaranteed.

Joe sees Collins’ great feet and quickness on the practice field, and Collins’ position coach, George Warhop, raved about his work ethic and perfectionism last week.

“I’ll tell you what. He’s done a nice job in the weight room. His body’s changed, based on what [strength coach] is doing with him in there. He’s done a nice job here. Technically, I’m different from what he had in Cincinnati and how we ask him to do things. It’s always a process, but he’s embracing and doing it right more and more and more every day as far as what I want,” Warhop said of Collins.

“I’m really impressed with A.C. He studies his butt off. I mean, he’s very prideful. He does not want to make a mistake, you know. And that goes a long way.”

As many Bucs fans know, the stat-nerd community loves Collins and claims he didn’t allow a sack through seven starts in 2013. There’s no doubt Collins is a strong football player, a guy who has played both tackle positions well in a fill-in-starter role.

The only real question marks on Collins are his durability, which has never been tested, and his run blocking. With opening-day kickoff just 13 Sundays from now, those answers are coming soon.

18 Responses to ““He Studies His Butt Off””

  1. clafollett Says:

    I thinki AC will do just fine. I remember that introduction interview he gave after we signed him. His dead pan stance on his position as the protector of Josh’s blind side had such confidence I was left feeling he was the right man for the job. I think he will also help push the rest of that O line.

    He and EDS are the right men for the job!

    Let’s go maul some opposing D-lines!

    GO BUCS!

  2. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    I prefer this to watching Penn step down each year. what will do without the left tackle that gave up the second most sacks of all tackle last year. He has been trending down for 3 years straight and it was time to cut bait.

    unfortunately, from the last 2 years of 0-line play, there is no where else to go but up.

  3. clafollett Says:


    “unfortunately, from the last 2 years of 0-line play, there is no where else to go but up.”

    So true. Our ROI on last years line would make most CFO’s jump off the Skyway Bridge.

  4. Robert7 Says:

    When someone body changes in that short amount of time I think roids. Scared me when I heard mike Evans teammate say he was the fastest till Evans got faster than him. They all take me in one way or another, but watch what you say man….

  5. Jim Walker Says:

    We’ll know by week three if Zuttah, Joseph, and Penn were let go in error.

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    March 4th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Solid Value Pick at Left Tackle

    Kid’s in great mentally & physically condition (No known Injury issues)

    (LT Anthony Collins)

    • Snap Count- (673)
    • Number of Penalties-(2)
    • Quarterback Sacks-(0)
    • Quarterback Hits-(1)
    • Quarterback Hurries (13)

    Over his career- Collins only given up (6 sacks as a starter) in (1887 snap counts)
 Sounds like a player on the ascend not on the decline.

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:


  8. MGM4Life Says:

    It’s always a process, but he’s embracing and doing it right more and more and more every day as far as what I want,” Warhop said of Collins. I like that. I think Collins will perform and show to have been a good pick up.

  9. Mort Says:

    Joe, it’s a bit of a stretch to call his signing controversial. You two are the only ones I’ve seen have anything negative to say at all. Josh McCown is the controversial signing if you look at media reaction. I think both were great pickups, but only josh caused any sort of controversy, and that was largely with the Draft Johnny Vegas crowd.

  10. RastaMon Says:

    Collins is a fart in the wind……

  11. Max Says:

    Joe you gotta find a better picture of the guy, that’s just embarrassing.

  12. Mumbles Says:

    L&L picks rule!

  13. owlykat Says:

    I am happy with our OL, and AC will be solid, but I would have been happier with Zutah as our LG and backup Center. I believe Glennon holding the ball last year and no escapability cost our OL their jobs. They would probably have had half the sacks with just a competent NFL QB.
    Pro-Focus rated NFL QBs on how well they handled pressure last year. Number one is our own Josh. But guess who rated the Worst QB under pressure? Sack Magnet Glennon!!! So as soon as Lovie can unload that loser for a decent pick, Lovie needs to do it, and let Kafka back up Josh, and then take that pick and package it with our first pick and move up for Marriota in the draft next year for a real Franchise QB of the future.

  14. Piratic Says:

    @owlykat: Keep beating that drum, it’s funny.
    In a sad way.

  15. Bobby Says:

    @owlycat…you are just as stupid here as you are on Pewter Report.

  16. Eric Says:

    How much studying does it really take?

  17. SteveK Says:

    @ owlykat


  18. BoJim Says:

    owlykat. It seems someone pizzes in your Cheerios everyday. Must be a drag.