No Sign Of Ali Marpet

June 9th, 2015

ali marpetJoe has scrutinized the dozens of photos released by the Buccaneers from Day 7 of OTA practices yesterday. The session was closed to media.

No. 74 is nowhere to be found.

That’s rookie guard Ali Marpet, the second-round pick from Hobart College, a Division III football factory.

Marpet was said to have a hamstring injury, but there were no specifics or timetables reported. Joe must assume the injury is lingering, keeping him out of no-pads practices, aka underwear football, and valuable learning time.

It’s also worth noting that Marpet is the only unsigned Buccaneers rookie.

This photo array from ends with Mike Evans making a pretty corner-of-the-end-zone grab with Major Wright a step away (at least get your hands up, Major!). In the background, Patrick Omameh (tackle) and Kadeem Edwards (guard) are seen on the right side of Evan (Dietrich) Smith one what Joe presumes was the first-team offensive line.

24 Responses to “No Sign Of Ali Marpet”

  1. rayjay1122 Says:

    Interesting! It is still early, but if we whiffed on that pick, Jason and Lovie will never live that down after trading up into the 2nd round for a Division III player when there were still a few solid Division I players available . Well at least he is not a WR from Appalachian State. The non contract is pretty odd though to me at this point.

  2. Buc Neckid Says:

    All is well
    he is manning Mankins BBQ while recovering

  3. bucs4lyfe Says:

    some unrealistic people walking this earth!!! they haven’t had a mandatory ota yet, they aren’t even in full pads and to question whether the bucs whiffed on a pick this early is just ignorant but typical of the common football fan. when your the fan of a losing team you need specifics because the injury of one rookie drafted that high ruins the team. every year people talk like the balance of a team hangs on the shoulders of rookies who know nothing coming in. He’s a nice addition I think but no one said he has to start and be a key cog and like I said last year’s drafted lineman are getting the shot over this year’s lineman which is the way it should be unless the talent is miles apart like Winston and glennon. that’s not the case on the offensive line and base scenario is him sititng and learning anyway which would mean last years picks are much improved

  4. mac Says:

    What could possibly go wrong? Picking a Div 3 guard who performed well in underwear…


  5. Owlykat Says:

    I can’t put much stock in who is starting in underwear football. The worst O lineman was being inserted this year, a week or two ago, by his Protector, Warflop, at RG, and he and Warflop should have already been fired at the end of the season last year. Koetter needs to get control of his OL and insist on getting some OL Veterans in here NOW. They should have left Dotson at LT and already upgraded his pay and had Smith at RT competing with our 5th pick from last year, and see if Smith can pass block well at the NFL level. I don’t think he can but he is a great run blocker and has the talent now to start at RG. Marpet was a LT in College and with his strength and speed and quickness he should be looked at in the RT competition. He also is very bright and can master all the jobs on the line including backup center if needed, which is where he played at the Senior Bowl. He has a really bright career ahead of him!

  6. rayjay1122 Says:

    A lack of reading comprehension is also ignorant bucs4lyfe. If we whiffed, is not the same as saying that we did whiff on the pick. It was a gamble to take Marpet at that point but a high risk, high reward pick. So yes, if the pick turns out to be a whiff, Lovie and Jason will be ridiculed. Try to comprehend a comment before calling a fellow fan ignorant in order to not make yourself look like you are what you imply another individual to be.

  7. Stanglassman Says:

    I’m sure Dodson and Marpet will be the opening day starters and yes- they are much better than Omameh and Edwards. Playing hardball on paying these players are going hurt the O-line’s cohesion if it continues much longer.. I don’t think for a minute that Ali is too injured to practice in shorts. Marpet’s contract sticking point must be in guarantee money or some type of structure. After throwing away so much money on Collins and Johnson it kinda makes wonder what these guys are doing not paying players that deserve it.

  8. John benenati Says:

    Why hasn’t Ali Marpet signed, when every other rookie has. It is a crazy situation and it’s unfortunately he’s injured and is missing out on all this practice and learning experience. Ali get you butt back on the field. At least been on t he sidelines. This is where we could regret not getting a.j. cannot or a real DE. Let’s go Ali. We need you. Stop playing…

  9. bucs4lyfe Says:

    every player drafted out of college is based on what they are projected to be in the nfl which is based on potential of what they did at a lower level any pick can be a whif. your questioning whether we whiffed on the pick or not at this point is you reading any news article you can find, eating it up and taking it as fact. not trying to ridicule you bro my bad but when my wife is nagging me everybody gets it lol

  10. R.O. Says:

    Ever think he’s not practicing because he’s not signed his deal and he doesn’t want to make his injury worse. Not sure how the injury waver works nor what he gets compensated if he has an injury. Safe to say it’s way less then the value of his rookie deal.

  11. drdneast Says:

    If I do say so myself Rayjay, I have excellent reading comprehension skills the tone of your post suggests you are hoping they did whiff on the pick so you can be the first in line to work out on Lovie and Licht.
    If not, why would u suggest such a thing when it is known the kid has a hammy and is not signed.

  12. rayjay1122 Says:


    No problem bro. I have one of those too (nagging wife), so I feel the pain. You are right in what you said about any pick being a projection and can be a whiff. I just think that in Marpet’s case, that it was a bigger gamble where they selected him and that is why I think that IF he does not pan out, that Jason and Lovie will be questioned. I am rooting for him big time though. I like underdog stories.

  13. rayjay1122 Says:


    Why are you trying to pick a fight that had nothing to do with you? All is good with myself and bucs4lyfe. In regards to your reading comprehension, if it is a strength or weakness for you, is your own opinion. I have mine however since you clearly are wrong about my opinion of Marpet and my desire for him to be a whiff as you comprehended from my comment. It is impossible to know what my emotions were from reading typed print. I am not pulling for him to be a bust. Why would I? I am a Bucs fan and I think this kid is a great story. I only meant that due to the spot and trade up required to select him, that IF he does not pan out eventually, that Lovie and Jason will be ridiculed. That is a factual statement and no, I will not be the first in line. I only responded to bucs4lyfe because I, at least in this instance did not deserve to be labeled as ignorant, since what he took from my comment is not what I typed. Apparently you read it wrong as well. Maybe I could have been more eloquent in my written presentation of my thoughts? I am not attacking anyone or trying to start any blog wars nor am I trolling. Trust me, I want all of our rookies to make it and I also am realistic in the timetable to see results on the field from them. Peace out!

  14. Patrick in VA Says:

    Not sure that this is anything more than an eyebrow raising turn of events. If he produces at a level that is commensurate with what you expect from a second round rookie then this is a non issue. He definitely just put the bullseye on his back though if he doesn’t impress this season. He doesn’t need to be Carl Nicks, when healthy, but he does need to be a contributor or else it this holding out and disrupting of the establishment of line cohesion will be looked upon poorly.

  15. WS99 Says:

    Just ran into marpet at foot locker and I bought him some XXL shorts. Thank you and good night.

  16. tmaxcon Says:

    Joe needs a better picture for sure…

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Those hamstrings always pop up during contract negotiations.

  18. cmurda Says:

    I too have the nagging wife phenomenon so count me in the club boys. I just found the cure. Watching the replay of the Bolts – Hawks Game 3. Go Bolts and Bucs!

  19. rayjay1122 Says:

    That sounds like a good cure to me!!! What a game last night!!!

  20. SOEbuc Says:

    Are you serious Joe? there’s about 40 players unaccounted for in those pics. Maybe the dude was just getting some water. My favorite pic by the way is Lavonte in those white bowling shoes hawkin down doug. Lookin sharp LVD

  21. OAR Says:

    Marpet is back at Hogwarts. He never did complete the Wand Waving and Spell Casting 101 course.

  22. chickster Says:

    yeah cant wait for this season to start where this site wll get better cant stand his jerry springer crap

  23. Teacherman777 Says:

    So, we will have no push up the middle again this year,

    Its the Aaron Sears curse.

    The Bucs need to take care of him.

    He clearly has brain damage FROM football.

  24. mjc Says:

    Are we this worried about a Div III lineman. The Bucs are really in trouble if we are on Ali watch in OTA’s

    His lack of signing is a problem. Signing draft picks is based on your selection in the draft. It took Jameis less then 2 hours to sign.

    What is ALI looking for? A new hat and clothes since he had nothing better to wear on draft day