Josh Wells Overcomes Shaky Start

December 15th, 2019

Bucs backup left tackle Josh Wells.

Joe was almost sick to his stomach when the Bucs announced this morning left tackle Donovan Smith would miss his first start in his NFL career, snapping a 77-game starting streak.

Smith, a very unpopular player in large part because people are conned by the PFF tribe, was missed terribly when he got hurt last week. Even though he missed only five plays, on three of those plays Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, was nearly beheaded from a jailbreak of a pass rush from the left side where Smith’s replacement, Josh Wells, took over.

Joe feared that would happen today. And on the first three plays from the Bucs today, Wells was awful, with two flags that negated two first downs. On the third play, Jameis was picked.

After that, Jameis was rarely pressured. No, Jameis didn’t finish the game without any artificial turf stains on his uniform, but the offensive line held up a lot better than Joe expected.

In fact, in the fourth quarter, Jameis often had an impressive pocket to throw from. And for the second game in a row, Jameis threw for over 450 yards, an NFL record.

The play by Wells after he settled down, wasn’t lost on the Bucs’ franchise quarterback.

“Shout out to Josh Wells for replacing one of the best left tackles in the game,” Jameis said on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Props indeed.

22 Responses to “Josh Wells Overcomes Shaky Start”

  1. JimmyJack Says:

    Awesome game Wells……He did get beat quite a few times. Good job by Byron to have him some help.

    All in all a solid effort for a replacement LT.

  2. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    It was and has been abundantly CLEAR….need to draft OL often and early next year….RB’s are smothered behind the LOS and have been for years !

  3. JimmyJack Says:

    But I’m still mad at Ira. Dude totally jinxed us. Guy mutters one word about how healthy we are and immediately we start dropping like flys.

    Joe buy him some pizza some wings and some pie next podcast. He must keep his yap shut.

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I was a bit concerned, since we were w/o Cappa too, but our O Line , minus 2 starters, played very well.

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    Bucs should draft a RT with a high pick, with the idea of moving him to LT when Smith’s current deal is up in two years as he’ll most likely be to expensive to keep. They have to get someone there, and likely to replace Jensen as well as he hasn’t been bad but hasn’t played up to his contract – and the Bucs need that $10m Jensen is making to resign Shaq and Winston and hopefully try to figure out a way to keep JPP as well.

  6. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Look at those eyes

    The eyes is the window to the soul

    Those eyes are saying

    Golly G, I never thought I would ever have a thread about me at JBF”

    Kobe Faker

  7. Dapostman Says:

    Their pass protection was very good but run blocking sucks. I believe it is because these guys are Beta protectors not Alpha type A guys.

    Need more Alphas and less Betas.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Maybe they need the Wisconsin RB Taylor.

  9. Lunchbox Says:

    Taylor would be great, or Etienne from Clemson, but they would likely both be first round picks, no? I don’t know, I think you gotta go OL first round.

  10. 813bucboi Says:


    BL ask…who’s your daddy?….lol…


  11. SB Says:

    KOBE………you are approaching T M A X status.
    Maybe it is what you are shooting for maybe not. Regardless your posts are not read by most. Just skipped over

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    Wells settled down and played well…lol…

    Still gotta draft a OT and OT/OG


  13. Easy Says:

    Wells was serviceable at best in this game.

  14. SB Says:

    I think Wells was better than ‘serviceable’. JW was only sacked Twice and only one from the LT spot.
    GREAT work IMO

  15. unbelievable Says:

    lol JimmyJack.


    Wells played decent today, but let’s not pretend the Lions have a ferocious pass rush either. He’ll get tested next week against Houston if D Smith still can’t go (though I think he’ll be back).

    Def need to draft a tackle or 2, plus some more more D-linemen. Bring it a vet safety or corner, and this team can make some serious noise next year!

  16. MirrorMirrowOnTheWall Says:

    I thought Wells played exceptional.

  17. buc15 Says:

    I’m fairly certain Tmax and Kobe are the same person

  18. down in the dirt doug Says:


  19. DayOnePaul Says:

    Wells did an incredible job considering. With reps against first teamers in practice all week, maybe we’ve found our right tackle for next year.

  20. DayOnePaul Says:

    Four straight !!!!
    Been a while since we’ve had this to celebrate in.
    A long way to go, but how good it feels.

  21. ou812 Says:

    It’s good to win but come on guys that was a high school team we beat Sunday this Saturday game is against a wining football team. The team that just beat the Titans. The team we could not beat full strength! Down to three receivers
    we will see how your Messiah plays. VHGIII comes back home to RJS. Buy your pop corn!!!!

  22. TOM Says:

    Overall Wells played a good game. The block in the back that the blind official called was definitely a phantom call. God these officials are terrible. One correction on what JW said about Smith being one of the best LT’s in game. Totally BS. I would say one of the worst. To me Wells looked every bit as good as lazy ass underachieving Smith.