Anthony Collins’ Last Stand

December 12th, 2014

collinsAfter a game off with an elbow injury, Bucs left tackle Anthony Collins practiced all this week and should start against Carolina on Sunday.

In Week 1, Collins locked down Panthers’ beastly pass rusher Greg Hardy, but Collins has had only a few good games since.

He’s one of the leaders of Tampa Bay’s long list of 2014 disappointments. But the 30-year-old big money man free agent has three games to possibly save his Bucs career.

If Collins plays pretty well, and with a hunger he showed at times this season, then Joe would expect Collins to return next season.

Yeah, the Bucs could cut Collins and eat a little cash (nowhere near Michael Johnson cash), but Collins has value in his versatility. He was a successful career backup before the Bucs gifted him a starting job. Collins played right tackle well for the Bengals, as well as left, and legendary personnel guru Gil Brandt has written several times this season on that he believes Collins has could become a successful guard.

Yes, expect the Bucs to blow up their offensive line this offseason, but it won’t everybody.

Maybe Collins could return and be a part of a real competition for jobs on the 2015 O-line.

17 Responses to “Anthony Collins’ Last Stand”

  1. DallasBuc Says:

    Oh, now you are calling for competition for Lovie’s FAs? Convenient. Could have used that during this past offseason when they were busy kicking Penn to the curb, moving our 1st round RDE to the left side and annointing Trash McStake the leader of this football team.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It won’t be the first time we’ve had an overpaid backup…..If he has versatility we need depth…..maybe a slight restructure is in order.

    Its time to give Pamphile some heavy duty work.

  3. meh Says:

    I’d play him at guard for the last 3 games. If he can’t play guard better than he plays tackle, cya.

  4. OB Says:

    If nothing else he can guard the Super Bowl trophy next year.

  5. Buccinfan Says:

    Joe did you start drinking yet?

  6. Pete 422 Says:

    Don’t cut any of these guys. Keep them, draft some more OL early in the draft, bring in a few more via FA & rookie walk on. Then open competition. Have at it.

  7. ddneast Says:

    What kind of money are we talking about, Joe? Could you be a little bit more specific.

  8. Zam Says:

    we should look at a new o-line coach and a new d-line coach before throwing any of these guys on the scrap heap just yet, esp. with guaranteed money

  9. Kevin Schmidt Says:

    D-line is looking better. Not to concerned with that. Oline sucks obviously…

  10. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    If only we could find a Jaqueis Smith or Danny Lansannah for our OL.

    If Collins could play guard competently and we drafted that beast at poster here likes Brandon Sherf of IA and he’s a beast. I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I lean towards Andrus Peat at Stanford. Since they both play at West I can only go on reviews I read online, they’re obviously not as familiar as SEC, ACC guys.

    Peat is 6-7 312 yet can still run a 5.1 40. He’s athletic for a guy that huge and he has an intangible I’ve always liked. His father played in the NFL for six years.

    I don’t know about you guys but it seems to me that kids who grow up with dads who star in pro sports are simply not intimidated when it comes to playing pro ball. They’re used to it. Whether it’s Griffey and Bonds in baseball or the Matthews family in the NFL or the Sutters in the NHL there seems to be something about being exposed to professional team life from the inside from your earliest memories that seems to help.

  11. LargoBuc Says:

    I would be ecstatic if we drafted Peat. A tough Oline that plays physical and punches defense’s in the mouth. Maybe The Bucs could also sign guard Orlando Franklin assuming The Broncos let him walk. Peat, Franklin and Logan Mankins. Now that would be an oline defensive lines have to worry about.

  12. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Yeah LargoBuc. Logan Mankins could have a couple more years left…EDS is competent if not world beating and if we got a couple of beasts…and I’m with you..MEAN beasts..that could make players like Collins and Dotson that much better and they would provide excellent depth.

  13. Bogiedr Says:

    This is your Davin Joseph replacement. Move him to right guard, draft the best left tackle available and make sure Kadeem is either Mankins replacement or out of work. Oh, please, draft a center? Time to find out if Pamphile can play as well. I asked for it last week, only three weeks to go, need to see what Pamp can do!

  14. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    Play well…just lose like always. Keep losing, losers.

  15. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    The Bucs need an anchor like Scherff out of Iowa to play LT for the next decade but unfortunately the Bucs also need a franchise QB and they will only get one of the 2 with their top 2 pick this coming draft…. And if the Bucs draft Mariota or Winston then his first season is gonna be a rough one, probably worse than the season Bortles is having up in Jacksonville. Man its tough being a Bucs fan right now; reminds me of the damn Leeman Bennett years….

  16. Pelbuc Says:

    Why the big deal over the no.1 pick if these bozos are calling the shots? Every roster move except for McDonald and Evans has been an epic failure. Nothing will change as long as Lovie has control over personnel. Clueless owners hire clueless HC with puppet first time GM. If Glazers truly cared, they would fire everyone except Lovie, hire an seasoned GM, strip Lovie of all personnel and see if he can really coach because he was given everything and screwed it all to hell. The OC hired by the new GM would be the succeeding HC. BUCS didn’t have to get much worse in order to improve. As for improvement, Licht told us fans we didn’t need to be patient.

  17. Brandon Says:

    I find it hilarious that the same dimwits that are going off on Collins are the same dimwits that bitched, moaned, and complained until Penn was sent out of town. I was one of the few that appreciated what the fat man could do and realized that the majority of the blame for his sacks was the simplistic schemed and a rookie QB that wouldn’t get rid of the ball.