The Earl Of Watford Returns

August 12th, 2021

Earl Watford returns.

The Bucs made a surprising move at offensive line today, re-signing veteran Earl Watford, who started five games for Tampa Bay in 2019 but had no job last year.

Joe smells Bucco Bruce Arians not wanting to play one key player on a very likely wet field Saturday night for the preseason opener. Hence, signing a guy like Watford and giving him a shot to showcase himself for the rest of the league make sense.

That’s just Joe’s best guess.

Obviously, Watford knows the playbook and can fit right in.

16 Responses to “The Earl Of Watford Returns”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    What a Gong Show that guy was. Hopefully Kyle is at QB when Earl gets pancaked

  2. PassingThru Says:

    It’s preseason, and yet there’s already some thinness along the OLine backups. This signing is an attempt to address that concern.

  3. 40Forever Says:

    Our oline depth is better than it has been in over 10 years.

  4. PassingThru Says:

    Not for now at least. There are multiple injuries among the OLine backups.

  5. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    We are stacked on offensive line. I think a few could even start on other teams. Earl Watford only makes the team if we have some injuries. He was picked up to be camp bait and for preseason games. Here is our starting and backups of oline:

    Left Tackle Donovan Smith
    Left guard Ali Marpet
    Center Ryan Jensen
    Right guard Alex Cappa
    Right tackle Tristan Wirfs
    Backup guard Aaron Stinnie
    Backup center Robert Hainsey
    Backup left tackle Brad Seaton
    Backup right tackle Josh Wells
    Backup right left guard

  6. ocala Says:

    I don’t agree with the comment that the OL is thin. This is most likely the deepest the OL has been in Bucs history

  7. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Last line should say Backup right guard Nick Leverett. Nick is having a great camp as tackle but is listed as a guard.

  8. PassingThru Says:

    The depth chart among OLine backups is thin:

    Bucs practiced with 10 OL on Wednesday, with centers Robert Hainsey and Donell Stanley out, as well as tackles Josh Wells and Chidi Okeke. One more injury and they couldn’t field a full second-string line.

  9. Mike Says:

    This is purely conjecture, but if Hainsey is hurt and they were to put him on IR or something, this move might make more sense, as they would get to see if Watford still has enough juice to be an emergency backup and make sure he still knows the plays.

  10. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Seems like Hainsey injury is day to day. John Molchon has been the second-string center for the past week.

  11. JimmyJack Says:

    I will be looking to see if Hainsey is used to snap the ball to Trask when he gets in during preseason. I just dont see the Bucs making a change at Center while Brady is here.

    It makes a lot of sense they drafted Hainsey to take over at C after Brady. And if Trask has the first shot to be the guy to replace Brady it makes a lot of sence to get him as familiar with his future Center as possible……….And while were at it put Darden out there with Trask as well and let them build up some chemistry. Maybe a glimpse into the future?

  12. Stanglassman Says:

    Can he snap?

  13. rrsrq Says:

    Didn’t coach Arians compare one of the lineman to Waford in his presser yesterday?

  14. ModHairKen Says:

    Gong show guy! I just spit out my coffee. Awesome!

  15. teacherman777 Says:

    He can run incredibly well for a man his size.

  16. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Come along way since the ‘milk carton” days.