“I Would Not Like To Go Against Him”

May 7th, 2017

Angry worker

It’s only May, but Buccaneers right guard J.R. Sweezy is a man carrying a nasty edge to him. 

And it’s not because his back hurts or because his arms are tired carrying around the eight figures of Team Glazer loot he’s holding.

That’s the word from Kevin Pamphile, the Bucs’ starting left guard. Pamphile has seen Sweezy take on a few weeks of conditioning work and meetings at One Buc Palace, and Pamphile is in awe.

Speaking to Pat and Aaron on WDAE-AM 620 on Friday, Pamphile issued an educational warning to Bucs fans and the rest of the NFL.

“I don’t know if any fans have seen J.R. lately, but man, that’s a massive man,” Pamphile said. “I would not like to go against him. So that’s a huge body we’re adding to the offensive line. He’s talented, strong, quick. So that’s going to be a great thing playing with him. It just adds another strength to the offense.

“He’s ready to go right now and prove his doubters wrong.”

Joe is resisting getting too fired up. Why? Because Joe can’t find another offensive lineman in NFL  history who sat out an entire season, like Sweezy did in 2016 (including practice), who then returned to be successful on the field. (If anyone knows of a player in that exact same boat, please share!)

Maybe Sweezy will be that guy to overcome. The Bucs seem convinced the 28-year-old owner of a Seahawks Super Bowl ring will get it done.

Sweezy, when he played, was known as a mauler, a fierce run blocker with a nasty, nasty edge. Listening to Pamphile, it seems the 6-5, 300-pound Sweezy has cranked that up a notch.

About 14 months ago, Joe talked to Pete Carroll about Sweezy. The quotes are here. What the quotes can’t share is just how earnest and loving Carroll was talking about Sweezy. That gives Joe an extra shred of hope.

45 Responses to ““I Would Not Like To Go Against Him””

  1. JTHV Says:

    It’s a football world … that’s why own a boat, for Sunday’s without it.

  2. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Maybe we can get a few games out of him this season.

  3. BuccaneerByBirth Says:

    He’s a mauler. We were right to keep him on the PUP to let his back heal properly. The reworked contract makes me optimistic. Let’s go Bucs

  4. Supersam Says:

    Doug Martin gonna have a HUGE year.

  5. SB Says:

    Amen JTHV I am about to go fishing in a few. This time sux for us in a football sense but my boat and dirt bike are happy for this time of year! 🙂

  6. Brandon @PapaBuccs Says:

    We just won’t know a damn thing until we get some contact. I do think we will find out fairly quickly once preseason starts. Let’s not forget that Licht was an O Lineman. Sooo I know I’m going to lean a little to the “Licht” side 😉. Only time will tell and we have a little of that. Follow the Licht and speak softly AND CARRY THAT BIG MFING STICK!!!! #StickCarrier

  7. K2 Says:

    FIVE angry men and Two pissed off tight ends! The O-line will be STRONG this year…an eighty year old with a walker could average a yard per carry. In fact, the only reason they would be limited to a yard is tripping over the d-guys down on the field. I vote for Stevie T= running back. Bucs dreams in May

  8. JonBuc Says:

    I’m usually pissed coming off a year-long vacation too. I kid…I kid…would love to see him play and play well.

  9. USFBUC Says:

    In other news, Caleb Brantley, a guy we could have really used looks to be getting cleared of any wrong doing. So glad we didn’t take a second round talent in the fifth round over a RB who at best will split carries with our other five RBs. Joe, if the Bucs need somebody to investigate these types of things I used to do it for a living and would happily do it again for the Bucs.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    Sweezy translates into I’ll believe it when I see it. Here’s hoping his back is good and he is all he is talked up to be. That will be awesome.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    I don’t get it. Pamphile weighs in on the Bucs roster at 315 lbs & Sweezy weighs in at 298 lbs, and Pamphile describes JR as “a massive man” & as “a huge body” we’re adding to the OLine. I’ve gotta get back into the math books I guess.

  12. Rob Says:

    Wow so many negative nancy’s here, lol. I think he will be fine. He is still young and the team did right by giving him time to heal. I’m sure this season is going to be good but next year, after all these new offensive toys have time to gel, is going to be great. I’m hoping we get our first playoff win this year and next year will be Super Bowl. Although if they gel quickly it could be Super Bowl this year.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  14. RustyRhinos Says:

    (If anyone knows of a player in that exact same boat, please share!)

    There is always a first time for everything.

    I am encouraged that Mr. Sweezy always had a attitude and was a bit angry. Now one of my Favorite players Mr. Pamphile says to watch out Sweezy is cranking that angry attitude up a notch.
    YES! I will take that.
    Go! Bucs!

  15. Tom S. Says:

    Ah, May, the time for unbridled optimism. An O-lineman that was signed to a huge deal then never practiced in a year due to a bum back? CANT WAIT TILL HE STARTS! HE’S GOING TO BE A MONSTER! PRO BOWL FOR SWEEZY! WOOOOOO!


  16. ATrain Says:

    I wonder did Martin have a bad year because he did not have help??

    Now we have a blocking TE (Monster) and a RB that can block

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    Many injured yet rushed back too soon.

    I think it was a wise decision to rest the guy.

    A guy who is 300 lbs of muscle will look more “massive” than one of the same weight with more fat.

  18. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    A silver lining to the loss of Sweezy last year was the increased experience gained by Pamphile. It’s obviously an IF, but IF Sweezy is healthy, I would move Hawley and/or E. Smith to guard and put Pamphile at RT. I would feel pretty good about that O-line plus OJ as a road grater running attack!!! And as the opposing safeties pinch in to stop the bleeding, the secondary of the other team will see the name Jackson on the back of DJax’s jersey pulling further and further away from them en route to the end zone!!! And with a more potent offense, we can win the time of possession battle, wear people down, and keep these other potent offenses in our division off of the field, keeping our improving defense fresher and playing looser, knowing we don’t have to hold people to 20 or so points to win. That being said, I fully believe that the other three NFC South teams have potentially VERY potent offenses of their own, but I believe that the trump card in all of this will be Mike Smith, who’s resigning to a two year deal cannot be understated in terms of magnitude. Go Bucs!!!

  19. NFLNut Says:

    USFBUC … the Patriots and EVERY OTHER TEAM passed on Brantley over and over as well … ever think teams simply were nowhere near as high on the guy as you are?

    We are fine with GMC, McDonald, Baker, Big Sevie … and Sili on the practice squad … we had a bigger need at RB than DT … I’m sure if we need to we can draft a DT next year or add one in FA, but really man, the four we have already give us one of the top 4 in the league so I don’t know why you’re complaining …

    As for Sweezy, he’s only 28 and the Bucs were right not to rush him back … he may not regain his full form till 2019 but he could still be better this year at guard than Cherilus was last year at T and I’ll take that.

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Cobraboy, you’re probably right about Sweezy. I just seemed funny for a guy who weighs 315 lbs to call another guy who weighs more than 15 lbs less than he does ‘massive’. Pamphile’s no little guy himself.

    And DR FEELGOOD, I too have been down on Dots many times (making the same penalties over and over drives me nuts). But if you look at last year’s rushing stats, I think I remember that the Bucs were more effective rushing on Dotson’s side.

  21. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    That is likely true because you know your stuff. I just wanna keep Pamphile on the field as much as possible. I’m not a Dotson hater, just thinking what I said before would me a great combo. With OJ, Dot may do a lot better this year.

  22. Brandon Says:

    Defense Rules Says:
    May 7th, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    I don’t get it. Pamphile weighs in on the Bucs roster at 315 lbs & Sweezy weighs in at 298 lbs, and Pamphile describes JR as “a massive man” & as “a huge body” we’re adding to the OLine. I’ve gotta get back into the math books I guess


    It’s the difference between fat and muscle. I’m sure you know lots of guys that are 5’8 190 lbs like I am… But when I meet people they swear I’m 220+. The truth is, the closer to 180 that I am, the bigger and more jacked I look. Sweezy is probably the same way. You don’t see too many jacked o-linemen. Former Buc G/C Matt Lehr is now a pro bodybuilder/model/supplement peddler and he weighs a lot less than his 285 he played at in the NFL… But he looks even bigger.

  23. Mike Johson Says:

    I won’t hold my breathe on..Easy Money Sweez. We’ll see what he’s got or not..in a few months. Back injuries never go away. They are tolerable/manageable..but never disappear. And trust me, NFL players know how to attack a player with a history of back problems..if they want to. I’m not among those who see this guy playing..all season long. However I do hope I am wrong.

  24. Cobraboy Says:

    Worth posting again for reference Tom Cable doesn’t rush out compliments without sincerity:


    If healthy—and there is no reason to believe he’s not healed & rehabbed—be could be a beast.

    This front office and coaching staff have earned my trust.

    And I put a pic on tablet keyboards and autocomplete. I like them as much as Matt Ryan in the 4th qtr…

  25. WesTampaBuc Says:

    Power to Sweezy! May the force be with you

  26. Cobraboy Says:


    Dish, not rush.

    Pox, not pic.

    Dang you android!

  27. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Hey, at least it’s not Gosder “Revolving Door” Cherilus. That man was a churchdoor last year, it’s Sunday, and everybody was comin through.

  28. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Praying he stays healthy. He will help our running game more so than any other one thing. Great run blocker and with Marpet beside him at center and Pamp at LG our inside is going to beast it. Is the kid from UCLA going to be our RT?

  29. Cobraboy Says:

    D Jax and Howard will help the running game, Sweezy or not.

  30. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Dang!!! THANKS for that link. I’m really jacked. I kept hearing what a mauler Sweezy was and how mean and nasty….let’s just say that clip your provided shows Sweezy “plays to the whistle”.

    Man if he is healthy alongside another mauler in Marpet…are we looking at a more predictable 3rd and a yard or less? I HATE failing to convert a 3rd and short.

  31. Eric Denman Says:

    I hope he’s healthy, we need a nasty run blocking guard to help open holes for our running backs.

  32. Doctor Stroud Says:

    From one doctor to another: great point about Mike Smith’s signing! I hope that it works out with JR Sweezy. We know more about the Roswell aliens, the Skunk Ape, Big Foot, the Nazca Lines, Who Shot JR, the Bermuda Triangle, the true identity of Jack the Ripper, Stonehenge, where Amelia Earhart landed, and the Loch Ness monster than we know about this guy. I hope that the Hard Knocks film crew gets a sighting and maybe some backstory on what happened and more importantly if he is going to play this season.

  33. USFBUC Says:

    NFLnut – perhaps it’s because they were all playing the waiting game. He was taken at the top of the sixth round though so we don’t know for sure if all those teams would have passed on him. You also have to factor in that some teams openly admit that unless a player fits certain measurements they will not draft them. The point is that we needed at DT and we passed on one most likely because we didn’t want the baggage. If that is why we passed on a guy who was generally rated as one of the top three DTs we might need to look at the people doing background investigations for the Bucs.

  34. Dave Says:

    If he is healthy and back to form, that is awesome!

    Him and Marpet setting the attitude for the OLine!!

  35. tdtb2015 Says:


    Fire them CANNONS!!!

    Come on preseason!!!

  36. Geno Says:

    So defining successful:
    Because Joe can’t find another offensive lineman in NFL  history who sat out an entire season, like Sweezy did in 2016 (including practice), who then returned to be successful on the field. (If anyone knows of a player in that exact same boat, please share!)

    So remember a couple of New England guys – Nate Soldier and Matt Light (but they don’t fit Joes harsh guidelines of missing all of practice and the season just most of season). How about Chris Hairston – now of San Diego. He was injured end of 2012 and missed all of practice 2013 and full 2013 season. He is still playing in the league. Here is hoping that Sweeney will be better than Hairston or even better than Soldier.

  37. LakeLandBuc Says:

    The 49ers just fired their Cannon. They cut WR K.D.Cannon today, after giving him a $45,000 signing bonus.

  38. Blake_bucsfan Says:


    Lol look at your boy Derel Walker Bonzai.

  39. BucTrooper Says:

    The mistakes are piling up for Licht. Sweezy, WR depth last year, trading up for a kicker, now putting all the running game chips on Doug Martin….. there’s a s••• storm coming and the Bucs are running out of hats.

  40. Eric Denman Says:

    He’s from my hometown and I heard he was having an attitude in camp and was being a cancer already. He was never like that from what I remember

  41. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    ^How is he putting on the chips on Doug, when we resigned Quizz, Our leading rusher from last year. And We drafted Jeremy McNichols who had video game type numbers last season at Boise State. 2100+ Yards from Scrimmage and 23 TD’s


    That and the additions of O.J. Howard, and Desean Jackson, and Chris Godwin, what team is going stack the box against us?

    And good luck stopping us in the redzone.

    The running back position is the least of my worries going into this season.

    I’m far more concerned at the lack of depth at Corner, Pass Rusher, Offensive tackle, and the True X factor for me going into this season? J.R. Sweezy’s back. If that dude can stay healthy, then our Oline become’s a legit Unit with size speed and power. And we can easily have a top 5 scoring offense.

    We’ll see. Go Bucs!


  42. Defense Rules Says:

    Cobraboy … Finally got a chance to watch that video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A3uSX-BARkk ) about JR by Tom Cable of the Seahawks. Wow, that was impressive. Assuming that he’s healed up, I can now see why Bucs felt comfortable moving Ali to center. Love the way JR finishes his blocks. I’m impressed.

  43. SOEbuc Says:

    If Sweezy, Marpet, Pamphile are all feeling good, Doug’s gonna go crazy.

  44. Buc_Guwop Says:

    Our “fan” base can be really pathetic sometimes.

  45. Cobraboy Says:

    I imagine Sweezy is pi$$ed about what folks are saying. Hopefully that translates into cleat marks on DL faces…