August 12th, 2019

All that jerking around of Alex Cappa last season didn’t do the guy any favors.

That’s the sentiment of one of Cappa’s teammates.

The big man on campus — and the old man — Demar Dotson talked to JoeBucsFan.com manbeast intern Zachary Seifter today and weighed in on the Bucs’ new starting right guard.

Dotson likes what he sees and count Dotson among those who’s glad the Bucs won’t be rotating guards through games like they did at right guard last season and at left guard during the previous seasons.

“I think he’s getting more comfortable,” Dotson said of Cappa. “You know, he don’t have to, you know, look down his shoulder competing with somebody else.”

“I know last year they put him in a lot with Caleb [Benenoch], you know what I’m saying; he was [substituting] back and forth. So he was always looking over his shoulder. Now he came in this year and they almost like thrust him as the starting right guard. So I think he’s been doing a good job taking control of that position, man. He’s smart. He’s physical. Man, the sky’s the limit for him. I mean, he’s got a lot get better at, which we all do. But he’s young, he’s talented, he’s hungry, he’s smart. He’s doing a good job right now, man. So as long as he continues to work, which I know he is, continue to get better, he’s going to be a pretty good right guard in this league. So I’m excited for him.”

Simply stated, it seems Bucco Bruce Arians made Cappa “the man” and he’s run with it. And he’s likely making that famous sophomore leap that most good players do.

If Cappa is the fix at right guard, that should massively help the Bucs this season, but more important fill a glaring hole that would have eaten up future draft capital or salary cap cash.

18 Responses to ““Hungry””

  1. Sport Says:

    Another story about improvement! I’m loving it!

    Eat Crow negative nancys!

    A real coaching staff is here and getting results.

    In BA I Trust!

  2. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I feeling good about the starting 5 but we are one injury from disaster.

  3. Lunchbox Says:

    Yep. Yet another example of how inept our previous coaching staff(s) have been at developing talent. I think there will be less stories now of players leaving here, and then going on to have great careers elsewhere by coaches that know what they are doing.

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    Completely unrelated, but watching a bunch games via Game Pass condensed games.

    Watching Rams @ Raiders…

    Mike Glennon, who is now with the Raiders, was looking great, even throwing deep, was really sharp, then threw a bad INT… then threw another bad INT. Yikes.

    Blake Bortles, now with the Rams, looks like Blake Bortles – even against a backup defense.

    From the Bucs standpoint, DeAndre Washington, RB for the Raiders, he looked great. There’s some thoughts he might not make the roster there, if he doesn’t, he’s someone the Bucs need to bring in.

  5. Mort Says:

    Everything is coming up roses in august. I wanna see it in September.

    Of course, the good vibes certainly are better than the alternative – wherein everyone looks like buttcheeks out there.

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    More notes…

    The Bucs are #1 in offense in the preseason at 479 yards.

    Ryan Griffin the top passer in yards at 330.

    Spencer Schnell is the top receiver at 119 yards.

    Those two should frame that leaderboard.

    For Schnell, he did most of his damage very late in the game, but he should get to play earlier, will be interesting to see what he can do against better talent. But rewatching the game, he looked great at the end.

    Also rewatching the game, TE Tanner Hudson just looked fantastic, I just don’t foresee them trying to sneak him on the practice squad. Since they already know what they have with Brate and OJ, I’d go as far as starting Hudson next week, I really want to see if he can look that good against top guys or if it’s just inferior competition.

    Also, a meaningless FYI, the Bucs defense is 20th in yardage defense and 27th in scoring defense – big improvements over last year!

  7. teacherman777 Says:

    “They thrust him into the RG position.”

    Licht thrust Benenoch into the starring RG position last year because he was a “draft pick.”

    Licht is thrusting Cappa into the starting RG position this year because he is a “draft pick.”

    So, more teams are going to “thrust” into our offensive line week in and week out. Once again!

    We have sucked since Logan Mankins was FORCED to retire so Licht could sign Sweezy.

  8. BucEmUp Says:

    mankins wasnt forced to retire, and sweezy has been playinh fine it seattle

  9. Race to 10 Says:

    Theres that sky is the limit cliche again for a Bucs player, don’t they love to say that about everyone who sucked the year before

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    AlabamaBucsFan … I’m also feeling good about our Starting Five, although RG still concerns me. But not nearly as much as our lack of depth. Last year our OLine stayed remarkably healthy. HOPEFULLY we see the same thing this year.

    Dotson’s comments about competition also concern me. He seems to think that not having to look over your shoulder is a good thing. I disagree. COMPETITION brings out the best in everyone IMO. If you’re too soft to deal with competition, find another profession. Bucs still need to add a couple of quality veteran OLinemen before the season starts.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We have depth at many positions except Dline & Oline….

    I agree about Tanner Hudson……and he may make it if we keep 4 TEs……

    Cappa & Rpjo should have been given more snaps late last year…

  12. orlbucfan Says:

    Rod Munch Says:
    August 12th, 2019 at 2:56 am
    More notes…

    The Bucs are #1 in offense in the preseason at 479 yards.

    Ryan Griffin the top passer in yards at 330.

    Spencer Schnell is the top receiver at 119 yards.

    Those two should frame that leaderboard.
    Add Ogunwale who was very impressive, too.

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    griffin throws a good ball…..i like him over blaine….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  14. tmaxcon Says:


    a proven loser and horrible football player in dotson saying another player is getting a better chance this season somehow convinces you the team is going to kick arse!!!! wow dude just wow!!!

    until they actually win and earn respect on Sundays during the regular season this team has NOT accomplished, earned or changed in anyway shape or form…. respect is earned pal not handed out based on feelings, feel good stories and wishful thinking…. feelings are for pansys…. on field results are all that matter…

  15. mark2001 Says:

    As much as I like the way Schnell is looking, as a fellow ISU guy,to be fair, those stats are the preseason and most starting WR’s didn’t play more than a series. Still…hope he can show up as s kick returner and get the final WR position. I doubt at this point we could sneak him on the practice squad. I think it will be down to Bobo and him.

  16. BA FAN Says:

    We need to move Griffin to Second string along with Schnell, Hudson, and Ogunbowale and see how they can do. We have a few good OL backups including Watford who can play all five positions, Holcomb who can play Guard and RT, and Trewyn who is a backup Center. We just need one more veteran Backup Offensive Lineman and we will be set at OL. The problem in the past was Warhop who couldn’t develop any lineman and kept moving Cappa from one position to another and tried to do the same with Marpet which cost Marpet from becoming an All Pro RG.

  17. Jason S. Mclaurin Says:

    I think Capps is playing out of position. He seems like the LT we been missing. I’ve felt like that about him since day one. Capps is not a guard but guess who is? You guessed it Donovan Smith. I think if they buy in too changing his position from guard to LT they will be successful. As well D. Smith needs to buy in to being a guard and a move to RG will change his career for the better for sure. He won’t have the ankle and Achilles issues he’s been having. D. Smith got his money now it’s time for all parties involved to give up on the idea he’s a LT. Boy his abilities clearly show he’s out of position at LT. Cappa is strong enough to play RG but the position is too compact for his comfort and he may be better off blocking against DEs rather than DT who match his strength week in and out. Simply put the guy has better feet than D. Smith for LT. The Bucs and Arians have to just try this before the season starts. All it takes is too stop signing bums to backup D. Smith everyday and show him his replacement on the roster at LT. After that Smith will be humbled and willing to play RG to keep the money. Dotson should be released after this season or after pre season if we can find or trade for a RT making what he makes and younger and more productive. Make the move Arians here’s your starters:
    LT : A. Cappa
    LG : A. Market
    C: R. Jensen
    RG: D. Smith
    RT: C. Beneoch returning to his original position from college as well

  18. 74 Bucs fan Says:

    “RT: C. Beneoch returning to his original position from college as well.”

    I didn’t have a chance to catch much of the game Friday, but didn’t Beneoch get smoked leading to a sack/fumble?

    As much as I value your opinion Jason, and everyone else’s (not looking at you TMax), I trust our new coaches to be the experts on evaluating talent vs position.