“Make Sure My Snap Is Consistent”

May 10th, 2016
Kevin Pamphile talks to Joe

Kevin Pamphile talks to Joe today

Garrett Gilkey disease is terrible. So are alleged bad patches on fake grass.

Yes, the Bucs are intent on restoring maximum depth at center.

Today, versatile guard/tackle Kevin Pamphile was volunteering leading kids in exercise at a Hillsborough County elementary school (more on that tomorrow), and Joe chatted with him on a variety of topics.

Part of Pamphile’s offseason was spent honing skills at center, something the Bucs got him started on last year. And Pamphile said his work has continued into spring practice at One Buc Palace.

“I’m really trying to mold my game and be an all-around athlete when it comes to O-line, and I kind of know the team needs depth working at center,” Pamphile said. “Once I get the footwork and just make sure my snap is consistent enough, then I’ll be set and ready to go for the season.”

Last year, Joe saw Ali Marpet working as the No. 3 center in many practices. And while the Bucs might see him as a future center, Joe thinks Marpet’s agent is smart enough to advise his client that guards earn a lot more money.

Pamphile grinding into the center mix can only be a good thing. Unless he’s awful in practice, Joe suspects he’ll get a shot to show his stuff there late in preseason games.

22 Responses to ““Make Sure My Snap Is Consistent””

  1. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    It’s interesting to me that Centers are the lowest earners on the line. I get that OT’s are protecting QB’s against DE’s, but Centers are making line calls, responsible for not losing the ball on snaps, and taking on 320+ lb DTs.

  2. Mojiska Says:

    That would be great to have a guy that can play anywhere on the line. Huge bonus as a backup, almost guaranteed to start a few games every year, very slim chance of any NFL line not having any injury from beginning to end.

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    Her we go with Gilbert Godfrey again. He would make a good apologist for past Bucs woes, a roast of the past futility.

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    marpet looks like a center and hopefully becomes that for years to come…I love the versatility that pamphile brings to the table….not worried about the oline at all this year….GO BUCS!!!

  5. Pickgrin Says:

    Having a solid plan “C” and even a passable plan “D” is a good thing regarding any position on the field.

    Lovie apparently didn’t even have a plan “B” when he trotted Gilkey out to play center for the 1st time in his life after an injury to EDS in 2014. Man that season was a mess. But at least we got Winston as a result of that mess.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I love having players work on different positions….Perhaps we can work Mike Glennon in at DE while he is a backup QB……..at least his hand high in the air could be disruptive.

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Marpet is athletically gifted for his size I hope his feet are and remain firmly planted at guard.

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    per Adam Schein The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are your official NFL sleeper team for 2016…..Tampa is going to be right in the mix all season long. I see these young Bucs winning nine games (great minds think alike, mom!) and seriously competing for a playoff spot. I think they are the second-best team in the NFC South (behind the reigning NFC champion Panthers). And in five years, Bucs fans will look back on the 2016 season as the building-block campaign that catapulted them toward sustained success….I hope he’s right….we have the talent and coaching staff…time will tell…GO BUCS!!!

  9. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I wonder if this means Evan Smith’s days are numbered…

  10. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    The way the schedule is stacked, I see as many losses in the first half as wins in the second half: 8-8. Surprise me and win one or two we didn’t see coming!

  11. stvcl Says:

    versatility=job security

  12. Dooshlarue Says:

    Oh it’s a feel good story.
    Depth at a position?
    Just as long as it’s not QB………..
    We don’t need that.

  13. USFBUC Says:

    Our OL is a strength and should be getting better this year. Excited to see how the new rookies pan out. Hopefully we are in a spot now where we can throw a mid round pick at OL every year and keep the depth chart stacked.

  14. SB with Jameis Says:

    Man………I am SO ready for football. I hope the Lightning take 7 games to win the next series and then 7 games to win the Stanley Cup!!! Give me something else to root for until Training Camp starts. I guess I could root for the No. 1 Gators Baseball team or the No.1 Gators Softball team but I would rather have some Playoff Hockey.

  15. Tbbucs3 Says:

    If Pamphile can play center, he just became the most valuable back up in the NFL.

  16. gotbbucs Says:

    Great o-line = perennial playoff team.

    You can have all the skill players in the world, but if your big guys are no good you will not win.

  17. Dave Says:


    Of course they want depth at QB, just not at the expense of the team. If you have a guy sitting the bench that other teams are willing to pay a heavy price for (say a 3rd rounder), you trade them.
    A backup LB with that kind of interest either moved on to the starting roll or gets traded. Why you people don’t get this is beyond me.
    If the Bucs had a real shot at a SB run, then great, keep him. They don’t though. Instead they have holes that need filling that are waaaaay more valuable than a QB riding the bench.

  18. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Pickgrin: LOVIE trotted out Gilkey to play center for the first time in his life! Who was the OC, better yet who was the O-line coach, if we awaken in the morning and all of Tampa Bay was frozen over, it would be LOVIE’S fault!

  19. SB with Jameis Says:

    WOW……we are 29th in the new BSPN power rankings. That is one spot lower than we were “Post Free Agency” and FIVE freaking spots lower than we Finished the 2015 season on a Four game Losing Skid!!!!
    The Four letter network doesn’t actually like a Thing we did despite all the smoke they blow up our a$$es.

  20. SB with Jameis Says:

    Dam Filters. I’m not typing that cool stuff again.

  21. Adambomb418 Says:

    Evan Smith & Joe Hawley…watch out! You have been put on notice.

  22. godzilla13 Says:

    Once apon a time Kevin Pamphile was supposed to be the heir apparent to Anthony Collins. Then there was talk about him taking over for an injured Demar Dotson. He had to be a shoe in for Logan Mankins after he replaced him when Mankins was out last year. He performed well enough for people to take notice. Then he became our all important sixth offensive lineman. Now he is training to back-up the center. If Pamphile does not replace Dotson next year, center may be his best bet to break into the starting line-up. I have a feeling Dotson is going to have an All-Pro year, this year being his contract year. Not to mention both Donovan Smith and Gosder Cherilus are higher paid than him.