“Heavy” Trend A Draft Factor?

April 12th, 2021

Next “heavy” up?

One overlooked element to the Buccaneers’ run to Super Bowl glory was backup offensive lineman Joe Haeg (who left in free agency) racking up 64 offensive snaps through the Bucs’ four playoff games.

That was more than half of what Haeg had all through the regular season, and he got those postseason reps in “heavy” sets, meaning he was lined up as a blocking tight end.

Obviously, it worked great. And for the record, in the five regular-season games the Bucs went “heavy” with Haeg nine or more times, the Bucs were winners.

So two fair questions are, “Who will replace Haeg on the heavy sets?” and “Will the Bucs be using that formation more this season?”

Maybe that’s returning O-lineman Aaron Stinnie or Josh Wells, or maybe the Bucs are looking at drafting a tackle who could play the part, as was discussed on the recent Ira Kaufman Podcast (hear below)?

As those who have watched the Super Bowl many times have seen, the Bucs even went extra heavy against Kansas City. Haeg was in heavy sets 21 times and often he had a tight end outside him blocking in the run game. (See Leonard Fournette’s untouched TD run).

This is how great this offseason is, Bucs fans have the luxury of sitting around wondering who will be the heavy-set tackle versus, say, who will throw the football/not throw picks or who will rush the quarterback.

Joe’s got plenty to share about the big JoeBucsFan draft party on Thursday night, April 29, at Big Storm Brewery in Clearwater.

But for now, here’s your official video invite. Be there!

12 Responses to ““Heavy” Trend A Draft Factor?”

  1. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    This is the best offseason I can remember. I am usually into deep reading draft analysis and mock drafts by the end of Oct or early Nov. Right now, I have barely looked at them – still floating in my endorphin SB Pool. Thank you TB, Licht, BA, etc.

    Go Bucs ’21

  2. Leighroy Says:

    One theory: healthy OJ and Gronk could be enough of a heavy blocking tandem. A 6th OL was necessary bc Brate just isn’t a strong blocker. He’s a possession receiver in a TE’s body.

    Also this nonsense of VV being a heavy FB should stop. Just give him the pill on the goal line!

  3. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea..aka Vita Vea – former running back. Problem solved.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I agree that OJ Howard’s return will mostly replace the heavy….

  5. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I don’t consider OJ as a great blocking TE. Another Offensive lineman would be superior for a “heavy” package. I am hoping the Bucs will pick a few OL in the 3-5 rounds of the draft.

  6. Capt.Tim Says:

    Disagree with a couple opinions.
    Howard is the WR in a TE’s body. He is more often than not split out.
    Brate is almost exclusively an in-line TE.
    But it doest matter which one is in the game. Neither blocks anywhere near as well, as an offensive tackle.
    Gronk being the only exception in memory. On ANY team. Hes a monster!

    As Ive stated before, I hope our first 3 picks are OT, DT, and edge- in any order.
    Wells looks like he can back up Donovan, so hopefully we draft a big road grader, to learn behind Tristan.
    That would solve our heavy package, and get the kid lots of game time.

  7. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree….an OL would be better….i hoping we get 2 OL in the draft….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  8. adam from ny Says:

    does this mean we’re gonna miss one joseph haeg ?

  9. SlyPirate Says:

    OJ is injury prone and coming off a significant injury. Anything he provides is a bonus but the Bucs can’t count on him.

  10. Jim Says:

    Senor Harry: I, too, have traditionally spent a lot of time on draft analysis this time of year. This year, hardly at all. This is all so weird, still.

  11. Joe in Michigan Says:

    If the Bucs are able to draft Spencer Brown, OT from Northern Iowa (6’-8”, 311, 4.94 40) in the middle rounds, he was a TE in high school.

  12. Brian S Says:

    If you were at the game it sounded like they announced him as an eligible receiver most of the game
    Shocked it wasn’t more than 21 times. It worked and worked and worked.