Dominant Summer

August 8th, 2018

Joe often gets belted with the question of who looks great in Bucs training camp.

The answer has been easier than usual this year.

Consider that Dirk Koetter said the Bucs weren’t doing a lot of full-speed stuff in practice yesterday. Well, how is a Bucs fan supposed to evaluate that effectively? Joe always laughs at outlets that make a bunch of bold proclamations out of one or two training camp practices.

Regardless, after a couple of weeks of viewing practice — and reviewing chunks of it on film — the beastliness of Ali Marpet has been astounding.

Marpet, 25, looks significantly stronger than in past seasons, not just in his stature but through various practice action. He’s winning over and over and over again, and he looks completely comfortable at left guard. Joe’s not seeing a learning curve.

This rise is compounded by the fact Koetter has said repeatedly that Marpet routinely is coaching up center Ryan Jensen on the offense and the line calls.

Of the guys bringing the contract year juice, Joe puts Marpet atop of the list, followed by Peyton Barber and Kwon Alexander.

Joe will be spending a lot of time tomorrow night watching Marpet and Jensen against the Dolphins.

18 Responses to “Dominant Summer”

  1. Mikadeemas Says:

    Oh Daddy! Bucs football has finally come back me. Oh how I’ve missed you!! GO BUCS!!

  2. Bradentonbuc Says:

    We need to lock up Marpet and Smith. I doubt we will find someone else who we can plug and play at LT. Smith isn’t the greatest but I man beginning to believe that moving Marpet to LG has more to do with the chemistry between Marpet and Smith rather then try to plug a hole (or which there were two at our guard spots)

  3. ChanEpic Says:

    Mr. Marpet to me, is the Mike Alstott of the OL. Here’s to his continued dominance and good health.

  4. Doctor Stroud Says:

    “Consider that Dirk Koetter said the Bucs weren’t doing a lot of full-speed stuff in practice yesterday. Well, how is a Bucs fan supposed to evaluate that effectively?” Exactly! “Soft Camp” Koetter strikes again! The evidence just keeps piling up.

  5. Destinjohnny Says:

    I think it’s safe to say he is a really good football player
    On the other side we probably have the worst line in football

  6. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Kwon can be replaced. We all know it

  7. Pryda... sec147 Says:

    Love Marpet he has grown so much over last few years see a little of Logan Mankins in him

  8. Godeep66 Says:

    We should be able to lock all of these guys up since we will be drafting a QB as the number one draft in the draft next year. A rookie QB gives us enough salary room to lock all of these guys down. We can then let Winocheo be a burden for another team, most likely Cincy. We can also Have Fitz Grimm him on how to be a pro.

  9. Pickgrin Says:

    Great player – seems like a cool dude too.

    Wasn’t Ali the highest draft pick ever for a D3 player – or something like that? What a great usage of a trade up into the late 2nd rd for this pick. Kudos to Jason Licht for targeting Marpet as a ‘must have’ and making sure the Bucs got him.

    Hopefully Marpet has found a permanent home at LG and will stay put there for the next 10 years.

    Now about that other Guard spot….

    Is it possible that Licht(ning) could strike twice at the same position in such similar fashion?

    GM Jason once again targeted a small school D2 stud LT with the intention of likely moving him inside and also once again traded up (into the late 3rd) to grab Alex Cappa.

    Can Cappa pull a Marpet and ascend the depth chart quickly in his 1st training camp – to become a game 1 rookie starter at RG? How awesome would that be if Cappa’s talent basically forces him into a starting role from the getgo?

  10. JB Says:

    That’s right. He is the all-time highest drafted D3 player in history. Next closest one was Chris Warren of Ferrum in the 4th rd / 89th pick. Even more well known guys like Garcon and Shorts were 6th and 4th rders, respectively.

  11. BucEmUp Says:

    Then it was probably the correct move. Can’t wait to watch Jensen

  12. Casey Morgan Says:

    April 2019– “Bucs trade up for #4 overall pick Missouri QB Drew Lock.”

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    Consider that Dirk Koetter said the Bucs weren’t doing a lot of full-speed stuff in practice yesterday.

    and this is what doomed us last year….a soft a$$ TC….then when the bullets start flying, we get banged up….then that opens the door for everyones favorite excuse….injuries….

    this soft mindset has got to go….


  14. Grt1 Says:

    Average at best got thrown around to much for my liking . D Smith is a much better lineman going against the best week in week out

  15. Anonymous Says:

    I only care what Marpet is capable of doing against the Saints and Panther’s. The Saints have literally owned him, and oh LA. Rams dline too. This is the year of no excuses

  16. WestTampaBuc Says:

    I’m only concerned with how he plays against the Saints and Panther’s. Because the Saints have Literally owned him. And oh yeah L.A. Rams also embarrass him

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    Godeep66…better grab the windex your crystal ball is pretty damn cloudy.

  18. D1 Says:

    DrStroud & Bucboi,

    You don’t have a full speed practice two days before a game. C’mon man!