Marpet Madness Takes Over

August 6th, 2015

jason and lovieJoe has pounded his head against walls repeatedly because the Bucs drafted a Division III guard in the second round and planned to start him, and then buried him with second- and third-teamers during training camp and OTAs.

Well, today was Marpet’s coming out party — in pads, with the first team.

Joe video taped nearly all the first team work in today’s practice and watched each play and studied Marpet. Man, the kid had a good day against Gerald McCoy, Henry Melton and Clinton McDonald.

Marpet isn’t perfect by any means, but he’s got the strength and the physicality, and he looks nothing like Oniel Cousins.

“Overall, he definitely has what it takes to be a starting guard in the league,” Gerald McCoy said of Marpet after practice.

An energized Marpet said it’s “huge for me” knowing that he can “get” McCoy at times. You could just a feel a new confidence in Marpet as the post-practice sweat poured off his face.

The guy to the left of Marpet, center Evan (Dietrich) Smith, who is known for being rookie-unfriendly, gave it up for Marpet after practice.

“It’s one of things sometimes, whatever the group you play with, you might get a little more confidence playing with the [first team]. I thought he did quite well today,” Smith said. “You can tell when he puts his hands on guys, you know, he’s really strong. You just got to work to on making sure he gets to that point. Sometimes he gets a little outside his comfort zone, but when he’s doing it right he’s doing a really good job.”

Smith said the maturation of Marpet has been evident, even though today was his debut with the first team in training camp.

“You see it on film. Everybody recognizes what goes down. It’s no secret,” Smith said.

You can watch McCoy square off with Marpet right here.

20 Responses to “Marpet Madness Takes Over”

  1. Ray Rice Says:


  2. Ray Rice Says:

    “An energized Marpet said it’s “huge for me” knowing that he can “get” McCoy at times.”

    LMFAO! I like it. Aunt Geraldine is losing points real quick. Even Ali isn’t scared of his a$$.

  3. Ray Rice Says:

    For all of those hating on THE MESSIAH:

  4. Kevin Says:

    You sure do dedicate a lot of your time ripping McCoy. Do you do anything else man?

  5. BucTrooper Says:

    Let’s name Ali’s section of fans in the end zone….

    “the Marpet Show?”

  6. Capt.Tim Says:

    All hail the Hebrew Hammer!!!
    This kid is gonna be the best O-linemen we’ve ever drafted at Guard or Center!!
    Hammer Time!

  7. The Real Malloy Says:

    Trooper nailed it! The Marpet Show Baby!

  8. The Real Malloy Says:

    “America’s RG”

  9. Greg Says:

    The Real Molloy has been drinking to much Koolaid

  10. Mr. T Says:

    Now if we only had a D Lineman named Frazier, that would be a great match up Ali vs. Frazier, one for the ages!

  11. Kevin Says:


  12. The Real Malloy Says:

    Hey Greg, if you’re gonna be a negative nancy, atleast spell my damn name correct….

  13. iamkingsu Says:

    Then put him and smith in with the first team online from hear on out. They need as much reps as they can get.

  14. Drywaller Buc Says:

    I’m excited to see these 2 lineman drafted this year. Couldn’t be any worse than last year… What happened to Gilkey? I thought he was the 1st team stud!?!?

  15. Bob Digital Says:

    Ray Rice is such a weak troll. Even his handle “Ray Rice”is an unimaginative attempt at trolling. And he’d never say any of his crap to Mr.McCoy in person. What a loser.

  16. DallasBuc Says:

    What else are his good natured teammates gonna say?
    Can’t wait to see this kid kick ass through preseason and win this fan over

  17. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I really hope he is more “diamond in the rough” instead of Dexter Jackson. His strength will make up for his rookie deficiencies to an extent. But for Evan Smith to speak that highly of him says a lot.

  18. Capt.Tim Says:

    Cant touch this- duh da da duh, da duh, da duh, duh da duh da, duh da, duh da- Hammer time!!
    You know- cant touch this!

  19. MadMax Says:

    I saw it coming! That’s why I was campaigning so much to draft him. I was on him almost as much as joe on Winston. I think he will eventually be replacing Mankins or EDS. We should hit o line 2nd round next year too, but we’re making great strides so far.

  20. CoolStoryBro Says:

    I like the confidence & he should only get better from here. Give him more 1st team reps & see if he can become a consistent contributor.